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Log Cabin Staining - New Construction

Log Cabin Staining - Exterior 

New Log Home/New Construction/New Wood Products

Research**Surface Preparation**Application**Maintenance

 

Exterior - New Construction - Log Homes, Rustic Homes, Wood Siding, Beams, Timbers, Etc.

1) Research - Inspect

    - site, surfaces to be covered, products to be used, tools needed, time needed, help/labor

    - if you are not a professional, then this first step is definitely a biggie: homeowners, do-it-your-self, first time stain applicators please take time to research everything necessary to do a complete log home stain project

2) Surface Preparation - Preserve

   - most any new wood surface needs preparation before stain is applied, this is because most wood gets a little dirty during the construction process and lots of products come from the mill with what is called a "planer or mill glaze". no problem, a good wood wash (we don't recommend mass bleach cleaning) will take care of this and put you on your way to a quality stain application.

   - know your surfaces and the products to be used to clean them (remember:research) we would normally recommend a cleaner first and with any problem spots maybe a little harsher chemical/cleaner. 

   - a standard procedure would be to mix the wash/cleaner solution and have at the ready. wet the wall and apply cleaner (we use a standard pump sprayer), a good method is the plastic bristled broom/brush. lightly broom the surface and then rinse. don't allow surfaces to dry between the wet/clean/rinse. the rinse can be with a standard hose or a pressure washer. remember a pressure washer can literally eat into logs, siding, beams, etc. With the pressure washer rinse, always start well back from the surface.

   - always be aware of water infiltration. depending on wall type: logs, siding, shakes, etc., water sometimes has a way of finding a way to the interior. have someone available with rags and towels to dry up and continue to check throughout the wet/clean/rinse. 

   - if sanding/grinding is required (we recommend not to unless necessary), remember this can smooth/change the surface and create spots of different textures, try to do entire runs of beams or handrails or logs so as not to create "spots"

   - now, preserve. do you need to treat for insects, beetles, termites, and so forth? is now the time? research, decide on a product, use properly, and get ready to stain

3) Application

   - stain and then caulk, caulk and then stain, both work, we have a suggestion, so do all applicators, stain suppliers, caulk and chinking suppliers. research, decide and go with it

   - we like a two part stain application, stain/condition the wood, caulk, then stain and/or protect

   - there's always a handful of places that could stand a little extra caulking, putty, or filler attention, we like to do this before we start the staining process

   - now, let's stain. today's quality log home stains normally require applying and then back brushing. we have found keeping the wood "wet" and doing complete sections eliminates most lap marks. keep the stain going on and keep the brushes moving. 1-2 coats of a quality stain will do the trick

   - caulking everything and anything necessary is here. this also allows the stain to dry. different stains recommend different dry times (go by manufacture's specs). check and re-check all caulking, putty, fillers, and first round of stain, touch up if needed

   - if you are adding mold, mildew, UV protectors to the stain/topcoat, check your product specs and follow directions. 

   - final coat of stain. depending on product this will be a stain/sealer or a clear topcoat/sealer. apply and back brush just like first coat keeping the sections "wet" and doing complete runs.

4) Maintenance

   - a quality log home stain project cannot be left alone forever, there is maintenance involved to get the most life out of the stain

   - what we are doing is protecting the stain that is protecting the wood. 

   - maintenance will need to be done for mold, mildew, UV, insects, caulk, topcoats: this will help protect the stain that protects/conditions the wood

   - a regular cleaning (we suggest every 12-18 months) a little bit of dish washing liquid mixed in 5 gals of water, lightly wet the wall, spray on the cleaning solution, soft plastic bristle broom the surface and rinse with garden hose pressure only

   - when clean, check for any caulk or topcoat touch-ups. we have found that the "weather" side of a home normally requires touch-ups on a regular basis while the other sides maybe every other cleaning or so 

   - don't forget mold, mildew, UV, insects, etc.

 

"The good book says the seventh day is a day of rest, on your porch swing that's attached to your log home in the mountains with a glass of iced tea where your closest neighbor is not anywhere in sight and there is no cable, internet, or cell service. JB"