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I have a ‘Wilderness’ Log home that was built in 2002 with an unknown stain (I think they use Sashco). The stain still looks good, but it’s obviously time to restain it.I also now have carpenter bees with mild resultant woodpecker damage. My plan was to 1) apply insecticide and repair damage 2)Wash house with log cleaner and brightener 3)Apply the same(i hope) color stain 4)then apply a borate treatment.
Is there anything else I need to do to prep the wood for staining? Do you think the bora

First, borate can only be applied to bare wood, so forget that altogether unless you are going to strip it. Wash with Log Wash from Perma Chink first. I do not think the brightener will do much, but you can experiment. Apply the fresh Sashco as soon as possible so that dirt and mold spores do not have time to settle. You can mix an insecticide in with the stain, but you will need to keep the dirt washed from the house to have it work.

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