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Question:


We purchased a log home that is 18 years old. It has original paint or stain on it. We are not sure what is on it. I thought stain but someone else said paint. If stain, it is not very transparent. It does not look like a traditional paint. Much of the stain has worn off except for the covered porch area. Some of the logs have some graying and black on them. What should we use to cover the gray and black on the logs?

Answer:

It could be solid (opaque) stain that looks like paint or it could truly be paint. Most paint stores should be able to tell you if it is paint or stain if you can scrape a piece of it off to take in for testing. The least expensive way to take care of it would be to Osborne brush all of the loose material off, wash, and then apply 2 coats of solid latex stain. I recommend Sherwin Williams Woodscapes Solid latex.

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