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We need to re-stain the exterior of our log home & have a couple of questions on what a few painters offered. One was to apply a one coat stain & then a one coat sealer. The other suggested the Sherwin Williams Woodscapes, which I like. Both were going to lightly power wash. Can I go a lighter shade with the Sherwin Williams & does it need a sealant over the two recommended coats. Thank you.


I'm not sure if you are using the Woodscapes solid or semi-transparent. If it is the Semi-trans I would tell you to not use it. Also, I am not a big fan of power washing to strip old finishes off. You may want to consider sanding it or having it media blasted if you want to lighten it up. The Woodscapes does not get a sealer (clear coat) over it.

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We have an 8 year old log home in NC which was finished with PermaChink LifeLine Ultra and Advance clear sealer. Everyone here is painting their log homeswith regular exterior paint. Should we do it too? You can't see the grain anymore in their wood, but it is less expensive. Permachink says when you paint logs, the logs will rot.