I work for the Continental Products Co. We make a wood stain product called WeatherSeal.
Go to the link below and you will see an independent outdoor test of numerous wood stains conducted by Hochstetler Milling, a log home manufacturer located in Loudonville, Ohio.
It will open your eyes to the performance reality of many popular log home stains being sold to the Industry
I took the photos and unfortunately I used my tablet to photograph which is not the best camera. ( I plan on returning to Hochstetler and photograph the weathered wood stains with a better camera.) The photos vary to a degree because they were taken outdoors and the lighting conditions were constantly changing. Regardless it is self-explanatory. My suspicion with Transformation and their mildew problem is that it is a stain that is predominantly composed of linseed oil. I was recently at a structure that had Transformation on it and it was still tacky even though it was approximately one year since it had been applied. The tackiness may also have to do with plasticizers that may be incorporated in the formula.
FYI: Hochstetler is not, nor has been a customer of ours.
The Continental Products Co.
Below is the working link to the outdoor weathering test:
Thank you for the link. Most the pictures except for the top two look really good even the Transformation. What should I be looking for in the photos?
This is a topic that always gets a lot of different replies as there are many great stains. The answer will really depend on the age and style of cabin you have along with the end result that you are looking for. My cabin is in the North East with very hard winters so I was looking for longevity.
My cabin was a 1940 log cabin that was very neglected over the years. It had black mold, and rot was starting to set in. I did LOTS of research and finally decided on Sashco's Transformation Log and Timber Red Tone Dark. I will let the before and after pics speak for themselves but I am extremely happy to say the least
Beautiful! Can't wait to get you your finalized story. :-) It's going to be awesome!
Thanks Charis! I cant wait to see it!