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We just corn cob blasted our 14 yr old log home. We would like a recommendation on stain that would keep the natural log color . The oil based Honey color we tested looks too dark. The clear water base seem to be the lightest. What would you recommend please? Thanks so much!


I recommend Life Line stain from Perma Chink. There are several colors that are lighter, but you need some sort of stain so that there is pigment to block the UV or it will fail very fast. Stay away from the oil based stains that are plant oil based, linseed, safflower, etc.

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Posted By Diane Charrier
My log house is now 40 years old. I sanded my logs down about 13 years ago and applied one of the defy stains to it. Have not been able to get back to the logs since then. Next year I plan on giving them some TLC but I am not sure what to use. Since I am sure the product I put on 13 years ago was an oil based stain, if I sand my logs down can I go with a water-based stain this time and a top coat? If I sand will I still need to use a wood cleaner and brightener? I need something that will hold up to the intense sun on the southern and westward sides, these logs look really bad right now. Also can I use the same product on some new cedar siding I am putting up on the gable ends? Thank you for your help!