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My 6 1/4” log home was built in 1984. During the 1990’s we were told to paint the logs with a special paint. This proved to be the biggest mistake ever. I now have log rot that I am repairing. I am getting ready to cover the logs with siding. Will the paint have any effect on the logs after I have covered it with siding? Does it need to be completely stripped before covering? Does the chinking need to be removed? Thank you for the opportunity to ask these questions.

Yes, you should remove the paint first before covering with siding. The logs will continue to rot under the siding if you don’t remove it.

You shouldn’t have to remove the chinking, although the better shape that it is in the better your home will be sealed against the elements.

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