"Yes, Bug Juice works in both types of stain, so it's a good choice no matter which direction you go. It's not our product, but the one we found works the best with Sashco stains. Most of the retailers who sell Sashco products also carry…"
The plan of action you have in place is a good one. I would agree that sanding down will probably be your best bet. Glad to hear you got stain samples. That's always wise to try first. I'm biased on the brands, so…"
Fungi growing out of the logs is a bad sign. Fungi only grow with ideal conditions, which always include too much moisture. They are usually indicative of some major rot issues, which could lead to some major structural issues.…"
"Mr. Shaffner -
I have some great news! Had some discussions with a gentleman who has started a company called Design 2 Build Homes. He teaches homeowners either how to build themselves, or connects you with builders who can do the work for…"
"Donald has a great suggestion with the NBS-30. It works great with oil-based stains. I'd recommend Bug Juice with oil-based stains. (The citronella oil in NBS-30 can slow down proper drying of a water-based stain.) You might also consider…"
"Hi, Mr. Shaffner.
It's true - finding builders is hard these days! I don't know of many directly in FL, but here is one in GA that may be able to help:
Ferguson Handcrafted Log Homes
"Give a call to Matt at Log Home Resources first. He'll have some not-as-local contractor names for you who won't need to fly. :-) Let me know how it goes. There are a few guys I know who travel. Don't know what their schedules are…"
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?
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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.