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Log Cabin Stain-Exterior Existing

Log Cabin Staining - Exterior Surfaces - Existing Stain 

Existing Log Home, Wood Siding, Timbers, Beams, Etc.

Research**Surface Preparation**Application**Maintenance


Exterior - Existing Home/Surfaces - Logs, Beams, Siding, Soffit, Timbers, Etc.

1) Research - Inspect

   - an existing log cabin or rustic home stain project follows the same routine as a new except , you must determine the condition of your existing surface and what its going to take to get it ready for the stain application

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

   - products to be used? how intense are the chemicals?, will you need to cover landscaping?

   - will research be a little more in depth with an existing log home stain project versus a new log home stain project? most likely

2) Surface Preparation - Preserve - (the following does not address stripping {see our stripping section})

  - most existing wood stained surfaces needs preparation before stain is applied, this is because most wood gets dirty via rain, wind, sun, etc., think pollen, leaves, dust from lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc. no problem, a good wood wash (through research you have determined how harsh a chemical to use) will take care of this and put you on your way to a quality stain application.

   - landscaping, porch plants, walking surfaces, cars, trucks, boats, etc. don't forget on an existing log or rustic home re-stain project things have to be moved or covered. know your surfaces and the products to be used to clean them (remember:research) they can ruin plants, paint jobs on cars, boats, bikes, and more. we feel like if we repeat covering things, moving things, and being aware on an existing stain project, fewer things will be ruined

   - wet/clean/rinse. a standard procedure would be to mix the wash/cleaner solution and have at the ready.  an existing home/surface normally takes more elbow grease than a new wood surface. same type brushes, just more brushing and more pressure. section off, keep surfaces wet, clean, and rinse well. chemical residue is harmful to stains

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

   - stop, sanding and grinding?, is this gonna strip the surface? remember this can smooth/change the surface and create spots of different textures and colors/shades, stripping is different than cleaning (see our stripping info page)

   - 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

   - existing surfaces have been cleaned, time to stain, touch up caulk, fillers, puttys, and such

   - you will not go wrong staining and then caulking, or caulking and then staining

   - there's always a handful of places that could stand some caulking or putty or filler attention, we like to do this before we start the staining process on existing homes but (your choice).

   - now, let's stain. based on the average clean job we have found there's normally some lighter and darker places. we like to do what we call a "dry brush" method. go around your project lightly touching up and blending in light spots. now we can spray and back brush. 1-2 coats based on need and stain manufacturer specs. back brush

   - ok, are we adding mold, mildew, UV protection? do they mix with final/topcoat or does it go on afterward? 

   - final coat of stain/topcoat. apply, back brush, depending on product this will be a stain with sealer in it or a clear topcoat. section out to help eliminate lap marks, apply, back brush, you're done

4) Maintenance - Same as New Construction

   - 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 log or rustic 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.

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