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Our 30 yr old log home in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island in B.C., needs refinishing. It was originally finished with Sickens Cetol stain. Should we sandblast before refinishing.There is no loose or flaking paint/stain, it just needs brightening up. Also the ends of two logs (12ins. dia.) have dry rot. I have cut out holes approx 2ins.dia.and 6ins.deep in the end of each log. Can you suggest anything I can do myself to fix the problem, or maybe recommend somebody who would fix the p

I would take a grinder with 36 grit to those log ends and tighten the grain up so they can’t soak water up so easily. Then fill the holes with Grip Strip and chink. You could also us Wood Epox, but it can get costly if you have a lot of filling to do. Give the logs a LIGHT bath with Log Wash and then one coat of Sikkens Log & Siding and one coat of Sikkens Clear. Call Timeless Wood Care Products at 800-564-2987 for help and the materials you will need.

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