We are going to keep the interior of our logs the natural color.Do I have to put a clear stain
on it first and then the gloss topcoat on it or can I just put the gloss topcoat on it without the stain
Sashco makes an interior clear coat in satin or gloss called SYMPHONY, a lot of our customers have used it and a very pleased with results.
Most clear coats won't yellow over time (including Symphony), but the wood underneath them CAN yellow with natural oxidizing and just small amounts of UV damage. Even clear coats with UV filters in them can't keep the wood from yellowing forever. Therefore, in order to avoid yellowing wood (and getting that "picture frame effect"), it's wise to apply 1 very light coat of a very lightly pigmented stain. It will allow you to maintain the natural look of the wood, but the pigments in the stain will give you the protection you need from UV and will cover up the natural oxidizing effect. Follow up that 1 coat with 1-2 coats of clear coat to give the logs an even sheen and make them easier to clean.
Hope that helps. Let me know if you want more info on Sashco products.
And Ed, thanks for the shout-out! :-)
-- Charis w/ Sashco - www.sashco.com - email@example.com
Perma Chink makes a interior clear and a satin or gloss clear topcoat that works great call for a sample
or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you out some samples and information.
Also Dave you can add uv boost to the first coat of clear to help cut down on the uv damage,or
the picture frame effect,like Charis said if possible if you went with a light coat of color that would help more.
Do I have to put a stain on it first or can I just put the topcoat on it
I would put the stain on first then topcoat,because you want to get your full coverage on the top coat and by putting it on first you will cut down on coverage rates,theway our system
works is 1 coat on interior stain 400 sq frt per gallon then top coat with satin or gloss 1 coat
will give you 600 sq ft per gallon,thanks
Do you need to put a finish on the inside of your home? No. Is it a good idea to finish the inside? Yes it is.
Here's why. Unfinished logs will suck up a lot of odors, cooking odors, fireplace odors, smoking odors and etc. Unfinished logs also have a tendency to attract dust and are harder to clean. If you apply a finish then you keep the odors from getting trapped in the logs. It also makes them easier to clean.
The logs in your home come from a bunch of different trees. There is some color variation between logs. If you like the variation use a clear finish. If you would prefer a more uniform color then use a light tint. We recommend Lifeline interior and Woodguard ITF. Both are acrylic latex finishes. Put UV Boost in the first coat. It reacts to the lichtin in the wood to prevent yellowing. If you like a satin or gloss glow to the logs apply a clear topcoat like Acrylic Gloss or Satin. This is particularly important in any areas where water is flying around like bathrooms and kitchens. Samples are available at LogFinish.com. Just click on the interior finish button and check out both products. You can fill out a form and request a free sample kit. greg Sweets comment about coverage is right on target. Use the lower cost product as a sealer and then apply the topcoat to finish the job. The topcoat is polyurethane enhanced and hence more costly.
We suggest staying away from oil based poly urethanes on the inside because they trap moisture and will tend to yellow. Plus the odor lasts for quite a while. There are no odor issues with water based products and they do not trap moisture.