"That makes sense.
You might consider having a contractor come and do a thermographic survey of your home. This may help you pinpoint those specific areas that are causing the problems so you can deal with them directly, rather than more shooting in…"
"Good morning, Kim.
There are lots of options out there for sealants made specifically for logs and I'll get to that in a second.
The bigger question: do you know where the leaks are coming from? Some are obvious (butt joints or the logs…"
A couple things:
1) If at all possible, please post pictures. It's going to be a lot easier for someone to give you an idea that way.
2) Give a call to Patrick Rasmussen with Design2Build Homes. He does some homeowner education…"
"Mike - That looks like mold/mildew to us. I had our chemist take a look, too. In addition, I'm seeing some wood fuzzing, likely caused by the combo of cleaning and rinsing. You'll want to sand that off with a 60 grit sandpaper. It'll…"
"Another thought: if the blue was there before, it could be tannin staining. The oxalic acid would bring it to the surface and loosen it some, which would make it come off easily with a finger. Rinsing the whole wall some more, then sanding just…"
"Well that certainly explains things a bit more. My guess is that you probably have some oxalic acid in the wood still. It might be that you just need to rinse some more. Hit up your local pool supply or hot tub supply place, or a paint store. Get a…"
"Thanks for the added details. The higher iron content in the well water might have something to do with it, too. We'll try to piece together everything we know with what you know and figure it out.
Many traditional deck cleaners are also acids…"
I've noticed how very informed you seem to be when dealing with Sikkens.
I'm hoping you can advise me, as I am not very experienced with the product.
The house has Red Cedar Shingles which we washed according to proper procedure, ( TSP Bleach water mix with pump sprayer hard bristle brush scrub followed by power wash.)
The problem is most of the Black still remains, I applied bleach directly to a spot and it does not come off. Most of the Black seems to be trapped inside the previous coat of Cetol Log and Siding Translucent Satin which was done about 7 years ago. Do you recommend any other cleaner? Will I have to sand down with a sheet sander to remove this Black?
Also, what should I do with the badly weathered and flaking areas? Sand down to bare wood and spot with the Cetol Log and Siding Stain followed by a full coat on everything else? As you can see my experience is very limited.
I'm hoping you can point point me in the correct direction.
Thank you for your time I appreciate any help you might have time for.
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One more question....IYHO would it be worth our while to order enough of the Stay Clean I/E for a five gallon bucket and use it when we do our maintenance coat in a couple years? Or would there be a shorter shelf life on it?
Charis, Hi. with the wealth of information/help you've given others here, we're hoping you can help us as well.
Our log home is a little over 1 year old. We've noticed some black spots on the underside of our entry porch roof beams (this is the only place we see anything like this). Wiping them with a damp rag, they fade a little, then return so we know it's not something as simple as dirt. We're thinking possibly mold and/or mildew? We'd like to get this under control as soon as possible to keep it from spreading/ getting worse.
What we know:
Stainers did NOT properly clean logs/posts/beams prior to staining.
Stain used is Sikkens Cetol 1 & 2/3 (Teak) which we love.
First, how do we determine for sure it is mold/mildew? What process/solutions would you suggest we use to take care of it?
Let us know if you need further information. If it's easier for you, you can email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for any help/advice you can give us.
Hi Charis. We love our property. Its 10 acres almost all wooded with a great creek running thru it. The front, like in the picture is already cleared off. We planted several cherry and apple trees plus a variety of other trees and bushes to attract birds. We are fairly sure we will be going with Golden Eagle. We don't have the mountain views tho..... just none available at the current time in Kansas.....Been to Co. many times skiing in different resorts. I need to look up and see where Henderson is. I love the beauty of Co.
Thanks Charis. I got that as a Christmas present a couple years ago. The picture it is in is our actual property we will build on some day not too far off. The other picture is a plan I have been designing on the computer. I put some of the log walls on, but the gables is a real pain to put the logs on with this program and of course it has changed again since I drew that one. Part of trying to fit every desire into a smaller package. BTW thanks for all your expertise you have given. It really has helped me. I try to become knowledgeable in things I do and probably go a little overboard. But its always better to be informed than to shoot in the dark. The company I will be going with use Shashco for the inside stain, which I probably will put on myself.