Re-stain­ing the Logs: What Should You Use?

Log Home Living - - HANDCRAFTERS -

Is your stain look­ing faded, es­pe­cially on the south­ern­most side? If you spray wa­ter on it, does it still bead up and re­pel the mois­ture? If the an­swer is no, then a fresh coat is in or­der. Both stain man­u­fac­tur­ers and pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ca­tors will tell you that us­ing the same type of stain base, like an acrylic over an acrylic or an oil over an oil, is important. If you don’t, it could crack, peel or even rub off. In fact, for best re­sults, us­ing the ex­act prod­uct is pre­ferred. But what if you don’t know what was ap­plied be­fore? If you aren’t the orig­i­nal owner of your log home, that could be a very real pos­si­bil­ity. In that case, the pros will tell you your best course of ac­tion is strip­ping the house to the bare wood and start­ing fresh. Yes, it will cost more, but your house will look brand new and you can avoid more ex­pen­sive re­pairs down the road.

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