Can someone help me with the age old question...Oil or Latex stain for our log home? I purchased in 2006 a 2 story Shawnee log home. The house is 20 yrs old andhas been stained about 5 yrs ago. The problem is the stain has all but disappeared. The logs are in fine shape and so is the chinking. I would like to know can i apply my stain over the existing condition of the logs and is an oil base better than latex? I live in a mountain area of Virginia and I have alot of sun and high winds. I seem to lean towards a walnut color, can someone really help me with my choices. Also is brushing better than spraying? and does one start at the bottom and go up or just the opposite?