Gemini RAD Label SmallNew or Gray looking Decks/Wood

When cleaning Wood or Decks, use the Restore-A-Deck Kit. This will open the pores and remove any graying and or dirt. This is important even for new wood. New wood has a mill glaze that should be removed prior to any stain application. For removal of old stain see Wood Stain Strippers.

  1. Wet deck down thoroughly with water. Take extra care to pre-rinse vegetation.
  2. Apply the Step 1from the Restore-A-Deck Kit following manufacturer's directions. Most cleaners can be applied with a pump-up sprayer. The cleaner should dwell on the wood for 5-15 minutes. Make sure that you mist the deck with water if it starts to dry. Use protective clothing, glasses, and gloves.
  3. Pressure Wash or Hand Scrub the wood to remove dirt, graying, mold, mildew. If there is a previous coating and it starts to come off unevenly, then you may want to consider using a Wood Stain Stripper. This will ensure a more even appearance when stained.
  4. When done washing take time to rinse all wood, home, vegetation, etc to remove the cleaner residue, grime, and wood fibers.
  5. Use Step 2 from the Restore-A-Deck Kit to "brighten" the wood and neutralize the cleaner back to the proper pH balance for the wood. This should dwell on the wood for 5-15 minutes. Once done make sure to rinse the wood, home, vegetation, etc.
  6. Wood should dry for 48 hours prior to applying a TWP Stain.

*Make sure that you follow all manufacturers instructions

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    Richard DeChant · 03/09/2012
    Using cedar tones seems to turn most woods yellow rater than
    a brown (like cedar) Why?

    I have a bunch of TWP 301QD Cedartone ...how does that compare to 501 Cedartone and the newer 1500 Series??