"Permachink's stains are all water-based, film-forming stains. They could give you more details, but in general, it is best to use another water-based stain over top. Stay away from oil-based or oil-fortified/modified stains. The difference in…"
"If the old mortar is in good shape (not crumbling and/or falling out), leave it in there and tape over top w/ clear packing tape. You'll need to make sure the new chinking has a good 1/8" sticking to clean wood. If it's crumbling,…"
"I don't know anyone young with a log home, but I will tell you this: maintenance on a log home will be much easier while you're younger! :-)
Hope you find someone with some experience, but I'm always of the opinion that if you work…"
"Agree w/ Tom - some sort of chemical cleaning will be necessary to get rid of the smell. Soda (as in baking soda) blasting is also an option, but would be a lot more expensive. It might be necessary, depending on whether or not the chemical cleaning…"
"Let me clarify. The two that lost the bid weren't available at the time the homeowner wanted the work done. They were available at other times, but schedules didn't mesh. Just one of the reasons why it's always wise to get several…"
"All jobs were for the same work by contractors who all had good reputations and have done good work. Materials were a bit different (one was using glass, 2 walnut shell) and 2 were further away. One was a one-man biz, the other 2 larger with store…"
"Behr used to make a really good product called Rawhide. EPA laws regulated it into non-existence many years ago. I doubt that's what's on there, so you may just have a Behr solid color stain on there."
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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.