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OK, it's early and I posted this question to the wrong area on this site. Oops. We have a cedar sided house that is trimmed in log around the windows, doors, corners and has full logs up along the roof. We are having it restained but don't know if the previous owners used oil or water based stain, although they said they got it from Sherwin Williams. How do we know and what do we do now? Should logs be stained with oil or water based stain - same question for the cedar siding - oil or wate


You should take a sample to your local Sherwin Williams and ask them.

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Posted By barlow
get some rubbing alcohol put it on a cloth and rub on the wood . if it is waterbased stain it will come off . if oil based none will come off. as far as which is best to use oil or water base ask someone else.