I have browsed your forums and have found many similar situations such as mine but I would like to find out as much I can about my particular situation. I am a novice when it comes to log homes and have only been learning about them through my experiences. I purchased my home about 2 years ago. It was build in 1991 and has had 3 previous owners. Its located in the Maritimes so we endure a lot of moisture throughout the year. Even though young it has definitely stood up well against its environment.
This summer I am looking at removing the stain and refinishing the exterior. I don't plan on completing the house in one summer but I do plan on completing 2 whole sides at the very least. Last year I attempted this with a belt sander and circular electric sander. Both had one speed and the job was very slow and exhausting. I actually only managed to get half of one side done. I think this was done do to poor planning and equipment. But that aside I was thinking this year of going with the grinder method. I don't really want to do corn cob or water blasting and I think now I will have more endurance to complete my project as well better planned. From peoples personal experience have you found a dramatic difference from using a grinder over traditional electric sanders?
Next as you can see in my pictures my house has a very dark acrylic stain on it. At first this scared me and I thought I was a paint. But after lots of investigating I found out the original owner used a Sico acrylic stain http://www.sico.ca/en-CA/Home.aspx. Now maybe this poor judgment on my part but I do enjoy the darker colour even though it tends to hide the logs themselves. Ultimately I would like to remove all of the dark stain and put clear one on but at this point with the amount the previous owner stained I don't think this is practical. Even the underneath of the over hangs are stained. I guess my question is how do log home owners and maintainers feel about acrylic stains?
Thanks for taking the time to read and understand my situations and I hope this helps anyone out in the same situation.
Re-coat the grey? I thought this was a BIG no no. Can you give me more details on this?
It's quite simple, do a pressure wash to remove the dirt and then simply pick a grey such as Sashco 'Driftwood Grey' and spray or brush a couple of new coats on followed by a clear top coat. I wouldn't call it a BIG no at all. Our current project is a re-coat project and it's working well.