new problem. i guess i have to clean logs first! my first 12 rows are bad, weathered. rows 1-3 are gray. i am sooo sick of hearing so many different ways of cleaning them. i don't have any water in the house yet. i was thinking just rinsing with strong spray bottle after cleaning with bleach & water...your thoughts, i have got to start soon.
bought the sander, didn't seem to work to well on the really darkened logs. I don't have water at the house yet, so i wanted to sand first, i am thinking i need to wash with bleach & water first? i was afraid i wouldn't have sufficient rinsing with just a cloth or sponge to work with. I will try the bleach and water today, again, in the laundry room. I was just anxious to get these logs cleaned, patience is not one of my strong assets!
On your interior I would clean after sanding to remove and sanding debris from the wall before you apply some kind of finish. If you would like I can send you a pdf via email that explains the sequence of events for new construction. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck with your project!
- Kevin, PCS Redmond
Lots of excellent suggestions so far. fleet Farm sells a box roll of 50 round 80 grit sanding discs. harbor Freight Tools sells a variable speed sander with a 7 inch rubber attachable disc. Take heavy sizzors and cut the disc to a 5 15/16 inch disc. Use the self stickig fleet farm disc 6 inch diameter ( about $12.00 for a box of 50 discs ) and use this sander for JUST the burs around the knots. Then, use 80 grit paper on square hand held palm sanders for the rest of the log surface. The triangekl shaped can be used for touch-up where the curved log meets the next log.
The key is to clean the logs and make them somewhat smoioth as this will make interior dusting much easier and the logs look great. I went with a blend 25% honey and 75% natural Velvet Oil stain made in Appleton, Wisconsin by Velvet Oil. I tested over 30 other interior stains and this was the only one that applied w/o looking blotchy. I waited 2 to 3 weeks for the velvet oild to dry then applied water based Max Tech polyurathane to the logs in a stain finish and it looks great. If you need more details send me your e-mail address at email@example.com and I will send you my how-to-do sheet. I am not a seller or builder. Just someone who researched the daylights out of products before making final choices.