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We built a small log cabin (Red Pine) last summer (2005). We would like to clean up the logs to brighten up the wood and stain/ seal it this summer. Questions: 1) How would you recommend that the logs be cleaned before staining (power wash, bleach & water, both)?
2) How long should we wait after cleaning the logs before we stain?
3) Any thoughts or ideas on what kind or type of stain or sealer to use as this will be the first time these logs have been treated? Also, do you recommend that


First, you should NEVER power wash a log home. It drives the water so deep into the wood fiber that it will not dry out properly sealing the moisture in when you stain. You should try washing it with TSP and warm water. You can add a little bleach (1cup to 5 gallons of water) to help kill any mold spores on the wood surface. Rinse with a fine mist.You should wait a least a week for it to dry out before staining.

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Posted By Len
We recently pruchased a D-log (Pine) home in Northern Georgia. The builder didn't do a very good job with the stain, it's only 1 1/2 year old, and a lot of the the logs have turned grey. Only where the logs are exposed to direct weather. It looks like insufficient amount of stain was used originally. My idea was to sand it down litghly with an electric sande, and start over with a new, and better stain, darker than the one used the first time. I tested a small spot by sanding it, the grey comes of very easily. What do you think I should do ? Looking forward to suggestions. Thank you.