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Why is it necessary to stain my logs?
1.) Uncoated wood darkens and degrades very quickly when it is left unprotected against the sun and elements.
2.) Coatings help prevent mold, mildew and rot from occurring by repelling moisture from the surface of the wood.
3.) Chinking and caulking materials are more prone to failure because they are less likely to form a good bond to the surface of the wood.
Can I just use a clear coating to protect my logs?
No. Clear coatings do not provide long-lasting protection from ultra violet light.
What are the proper steps for finishing my log home?
1.) Prep the surface of your logs.
2.) Apply a wood preservative.
3.) Apply the stain material to your logs such as UV Guard, UV Guard II or SuSTAIN.
4.) Install backer rod.
5.) Apply caulking or chinking material such as UV Guard Premium Caulk, UV Guard Textured Caulk or Triple Stretch Chinking.
How do I get the color of stain that I want on my log home?
1.) Order several samples of stain.
2.) Mix these samples up very well prior to sampling.
3.) Test the samples out on a large area and use the same number of coats and application technique as you plan on using for the actual application process.
5.) Verify the stain color is correct during the initial stages of stain application.
6.) “Box” all pails of stain.
7.) Periodically stir the pails of stain during the application process.
Do I have to fill all the tiny cracks that exist on the exterior of my log home?
Seal any check that is ¼ inch or greater.
What can I do in the planning stage of my log home to minimize maintenance?
1.) Locate your home on a site that affords some protection from the elements.
2.) Construct roof overhangs that are 2-3 feet wide.
3.) Keep the bottom course of logs at least 18 inches above the ground.
4.) Find a log home supplier who uses a good design for the joints between his logs.
5.) Apply a wood preservative to the logs.
6.) Make sure that the exterior finishing products are compatible with each other.
7.) Make sure that the wood is clean and dry before any finishing products are applied.
What is the best way to get the stain off my log home?
We recommend media blasting beecause it is non-toxic and does a very good job of removing stains and cleaning logs. Additionally, interior water damage is not a problem because no water is used during the process.
What is media blasting?
Media blasting is similar to traditional sand blasting but is less destructive to the surface of the wood because the media is less abrasive and typically non-toxic and biodegradable.
What concerns should I have about power washing my log home?
Power washing can create an undesirable surface texture which can be described as a felting and fuzzing effect. It is necessary to take precautions to protect the interior of your home from water damage prior to the process. Once the process is complete, you must allow the logs to dry before applying any stain.
How can I clean water stains from my logs?
Bleaching products can often reduce or remove discolorations.
Notes: Test the different types of bleach in the following order: sodium percarbonate, household chlorine bleach and then oxalic acid.
How do I tell if my logs are dry enough to stain?
Use a moisture meter prior to the application of any finishing products. The moisture content of the logs should be below 20%.