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Logs look dull and faded

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Hey Log Doc!

My log home was initially built in 2008, it was only partially stained and the rest was covered in sun damage. When I purchased in 2015 I painstakingly sanded the entire exterior down to it’s gorgeous natural pine. Stained with Woodguard and following their guidelines applied a second coat in 2017. Problem is the whole house looks dull to me, like a faded powdery effect rather than oil finished wood. I reached out to Woodguard with some photos but they saw nothing wrong, or maybe didn’t want to acknowledge a product flaw? Feels like it needs some type of topcoat or finish, although, I’m pretty sure you don’t topcoat exterior oil stained logs. I’d love a nonbiased opinion, how do these logs look to you, knowing they were sanded to “new” with 1st and 2nd coats all within 6 years.

They’re also “dusty.” If I rub a spot with paper towel it makes a bare spot, not down to wood but noticeable. And the paper towel is covered in the brown stain color.


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Unfortunately, this is the nature of WoodGuard.  I’m not a big fan of it because it really is only good for a couple of years before it needs to be re-coated.  It is mostly linseed oil with a little color and will cause black mildew to form over time.  There is no topcoat for it so it will always have a flat look to it.  (Beware of any log home stain that says you can apply it with a pump-up garden sprayer)
If you want a gloss look I would recommend taking it back to clean wood again and applying a good quality latex stain made for log homes like LifeLine or Capture/Cascade.

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