I just bought a log home in Northren Utah. It has been neglected and I need to refinish the exterior before winter. I could use help understanding what is best stain to use in a dry climate. I have heard such conflicting ideas to which is best. I have heard the "oil is good for cars, but not for logs". Is this true? I have also heard that "Oil is not good for dry climates".
I would like Messmers TimberFlex, but I dont want to make the wrong choice after I have spent so much money getting the logs blasted.
Any Help would be appreciated.
Most of the high end log home finishes these days are water based. That's not by accident, it's also where most of the technological advances in log home finishes have been made in the last ten years.
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-Kevin, PCS Redmond
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Most log home owners that use oil based stains prefer it because of it's durability. It lasts longer than water based stains and has better penetration in the wood. It would also take a while before you can live in your log home if you choose this stain as the odor can be very smelly to one's nose. Water based stain on the other hand, has better color retention, less odor and quick to dry. It's your best choice if you want to move to your log home right away. - L.R.
Almost all stains out there do a good job. Your deciding factor on quality will be the amount of prep work you are willing to put into this.
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Lots of log home stains out there, hmmm water based or oil based, both have track records it just seems we do a lot of blasting on log homes that have used water based acrylic and clear coat systems. Hard to discourage that when it comprises over 70% of our restoration business and creates bitter customers for these companies that sell them....blasting is very hard on the logs, not to mention the siding, trim and other areas of the home.
It is always less stress on the logs to use twin chemical power washing methods, although there is no perfect solution, wet or dry, the wet method causes less damage in our opinion, and we've been doing this for 16 years and have restored over 1000 log homes doing both methods.....
www.woodspecialist.com to see our work....
Timberflex is a film forming coating, I believe, and will have to be blasted off when the life span of the finish is complete. You may want to look into Lovitt's stain at www.lovittscoatings.com
Sashco Transformation 'Log and Timber' - Gold Tone Medium with Log Jam Buff. See how we walnut shell blasted this log home sanded and buffed, and then finished with Sashco Product.
http://loghomefinishing.com/lakemoor for the full gallery
Below is my standard response to these questions. Both have pros & cons. There are brands inside both that perform well. Choose one made specifically for logs, and choose based on your circumstances and the final look you want and you'll do well.
In my opinion proper application of a water based stain is the best, they hold up better, they’re easier to clean up and there aren’t any odors to deal with. Additionally acrylic chinking and caulking used on most log homes today have much better adhesion to the logs than to logs stained with oil based stains. If you need information on quality water based stains, please see the following link.
Also if you have any questions on log home maintenance or stain application feel free to send me an email and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.
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