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Budget-Cutting Tips for Staining Log Homes

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Log cabin homes can be beautiful, but they can also be expensive if you’re not careful. Modern techniques and new product offerings have drastically reduced the cost of building a log cabin home.

You can save thousands by staining your interior logs yourself. This is everything you need for smooth and successful results.

How to: Paint the Interior of Your Log House

Staining log cabin interiors can save you money. Staining your log cabin home’s interior logs yourself can help you save hundreds. This is everything you need for smooth and successful results.

The Stain Game

While you know staining your log home’s exterior is best left to professionals, what about inside? Where can potential problems such as insects and rot be avoided? We spoke to experts from both Weatherall Company and the Weatherall Company. Sansin Corporation Both organizations endorsed interior-log staining for its excellent DIY potential.

Shawn Preston, Weatherall’s customer service coordinator, says that anyone can do it if they have the right preparation and common sense. “Today’s products require no special equipment and are very easy to apply.” You can also save thousands by applying your stain yourself, as prices range from 20 to 30 cents per square foot.

These are the top tips from the pros:

Avoid Interior Obstacles

Sjoerd Bos (Vice President of Sansin Corporation) says that staining interior logs looks very similar to staining exterior logs. In other words, you spray on the stain using a low-pressure sprayer or airless sprayer and then brush the logs back to level the finish. There are additional challenges when working indoors. Spraying stain can cause damage if you aren’t careful. Sjoerd suggests spraying only new homes, meaning they don’t need to be furnished. If you don’t have the time or the expertise to seal and protect any areas, Sjoerd suggests you just brush on the stain.

Ace the Texture Test

Handcrafted logs can present additional challenges when staining. These surfaces can be beneficial in certain cases, according to Sjoerd. You don’t have to sand them as you would with planned logs before applying stains. He says that if you decide to sand an entire log, it’s better to do so than just sand a specific area. Spot-sanded areas will always be more noticeable. Even if you don’t sand the logs, you should still clean them with a chemical washer (available at Sansin or other companies) before applying stain.

Coordinate Colors

While you may feel confident using a bold or darker stain on your exterior home, our experts warn against the same approach to interior design. Shawn says that the most popular interior stain colours are those in the golden to light brown family. They add warmth and highlight the grain beautifully.

Master Moisture

You shouldn’t apply stains to logs until they have dried properly. The time it takes logs for the right moisture content to stain logs varies greatly. If you plan to stain your wood yourself, we recommend investing in a moisture meter. This device measures the exact moisture content of the wood. Most stains can be applied at a moisture level between 18 and 24 percent. However, you should check with your stain manufacturer to get more information.

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