Thank you for the great information. We have purchased a 15 yr old log home which the owner painted a deep blue immediately after construction. We are having the paint removed with a cob blaster. We wanted a semi-transparent stain but the contractor says hes contact at the local Sherwin Williams store has informed him that the paint may have seeped deep into the wood and may not allow even/deep stain penetration with a semi-transparent. The result could be really bad spotting. Instead they are s