Log Home Stain FAQ's

How often do I need to restain my log home?
A good log home stain should last between 2-3 years on the southern exposure of the home and 3-4 years on the other sides of the home.

What is the difference between an oil based and water based stain?
Oil based stains have a strong odor, are user friendly, produce a natural looking finish and require the use of solvents during the clean-up process. Water based stain products are environmentally friendly but can be difficult to apply.

What steps should I take before staining my log home?
    1.) Make sure your logs are clean and sound.
    2.) Make sure the surface temperature of the logs are between 50-90 degrees.
    3.) Make sure the weather forecast is dry for two days during the staining process and dry for a two days after the staining process.
    4.) Make sure the moisture content of the wood is below 20% prior to the staining process.
    5.) Make sure that you don’t have any compatibility problems with any previously applied coatings.
    6.) Read all of the application guidelines for the stain material that is being applied.
    7.) Recommendation: Use a sprayer to flood the surface of the logs with the stain material and then immediately back brush the stain into the pores of the wood.

Do Weatherall stains contain a mildewcide?
Yes. All of Weatherall’s stain products have a standard amount of mildewcide in them. We recommend adding an additional mildewcide packet if you live in an area that is prone to high humidity and high temperatures. We sell a mildewcide additive called Stayclean I/E.

Can I use Weatherall stain products on the interior of my log home?
Yes. All products may be used on the interior, but Weatherall suggests applying 2-3 coats of Log Guard Interior clear for added protection from cleaners and detergents.

How many coats of UV Guard should I apply?
Two HEAVY coats of UV Guard stain are recommended.

How many coats of UV Guard clear should I apply?
One coat of UV Guard clear is recommended after the UV Guard stain has been applied.

Is the UV protection in the stain or clear coat?
The stain has a combination of pigments and UV-absorbers while the clear coat only has UV-absorbers.

How do I tell when I need to reapply more UV Guard clear?
The loss of sheen or variations in sheen is an indication that another coat of UV Guard clear should be applied to your home.