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So...after researching log siding, and simple board and batten siding, we are torn. I know you are the "log doctor"...but hoping you may still be able to dispense some advice on board and batten. What I am most concerned with is what to treat a rough cut pine with to preserve it and keep it from graying. We are hoping to keep it as natural as possible..don't want to change the color. What products would you recommend ? Thanks.


I actually have an old farm house the we use for a hunting camp that has B and B on it. Rough cut pine also. I know that I always say not to use oil based stains, but we do have it on this building and have had great luck with it. Since the wood is not as thick as logs it is not as much of an issue with the "breathing" issue. Trying to keep it the natural color is going to be pretty much impossible and not have it turn gray. Sikken's Log and Siding is our stain of choice. They do have a color called Natural but it does have some color to it.

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