Quick Maintenance Checklist for Your Log Cabin

Take a moment to walk around your home.

Here are some signs that your cabin may need a new coat of stain or caulking/chinking maintenance:

  1. Faded finish on South or West exterior walls
  2. Varying shades on top and bottom of logs
  3. Gray discoloration from weathering
  4. Blonde color around checks and cracks
  5. Gaps between caulking/chinking joints
  6. Presence of mold, mildew or excessive dirt
  7. Cracking,  peeling or flaking of the log finish
  8. Water repellency is an easy way to determine when it’s time to apply a maintenance coat.

To check if the stain on your home is still repelling water, perform the following simple test:

Hose down your home. If the water beads up, you still have good protection and can wait 6-12 months before your next application. If the water soaks into the wood, it’s time to reapply.

 

For more information on all things log cabins, check out our other Log Blog articles, check out www.LogFinish.com, or give us a call @ 1-888-208-2248.  We are here to help!

Product Spotlight: Seal-Once™ Total Wood Protection-Breakthrough Technology in Wood Finishes

LogFinish.com has been in the wood finish business for nearly two decades.  In all this time, there have been very few major product developments, despite changes in customer demand.  We believe we have finally found a game changer!

Seal-Once Total Wood Protection offers a state of the art approach to protecting wood surfaces.  We have  joined forces with it’s developer, New Image Coatings, and we are proud to offer you this revolutionary product proudly made in the USA.

Seal-Once Total Wood Protection is a high-performance water-based, non-toxic waterproofer and wood sealer that incorporates nanotechnology to provide a unique, long-lasting protective coating for all wood surfaces.  It is available in clear and tinted formulas which penetrate deep into the wood’s surface.  As it cures, it forms an interior film that prevents water from infiltrating the wood.

Seal-Once protects wood against water, mold, mildew and UV damage.  It is non-flammable, contains no V.O.C.s, toxins or irritants, and it exceeds current eco-requirements.  Best of all, Seal-Once lasts for up to 6 years on horizontal surfaces and up to 10 years on vertical surfaces.

Seal-Once Total Wood Protection has proven excellence in field performance.  Give it a try for your next project; you will not be disappointed!

Also, check out Seal-Once Marine for docks and piers.  This one-of-a-kind formula is safe for use directly over water without harming aquatic life or polluting the environment.

 

Check out how Seal Once™Total Wood Protection works in the video below:

 

For more information on this breakthrough in wood finishing technology click here

 

What You Should Know Before Using a Clear Wood Finish

Our customers often ask us for a clear or “natural” finish that will protect their wood.  The truth is, clear finishes may provide water repellency, resistance against mold and mildew and insecticidal properties.  However,  clear finishes do not  protect your log home from UV rays that cause weathering and graying of your home’s exterior, decks and rails.  With most clear finishes you will notice graying wood within 1-2 years of initial application.

Why will the exterior of your home turn gray if you only use a clear finish to protect it?   UV rays break down the lignan fibers in the wood which in turn causes the wood to gray.  

Semi-transparent, tinted wood finishes provide your wood with UV protection.  Different stain brands contain various UV inhibitors, but the rule of thumb is the darker the tint of the stain, the better the UV protection for your house.  If your house is located in a high sun area, where it is fully exposed for hours at a time, LogFinish.com recommends going using a finish with a medium to dark tint.

If your deck or wood exteriors are weathered and gray and you are looking to clean them up, re-stain and bring the wood back to it’s natural color, we recommend using an oxalic acid based product like X-180 Weathered Wood Restorer from American Building Restoration.  This product is a wood cleaner and brightener and will take the gray out of lightly to severely discolored wood.

Another option for cleaning gray, weathered wood is oxygen based detergent and brightening cleaners like All Wood Cleaner from New Image Coatings.  This is cleaner has very low environmental impact, can be used safely over water and will not harm plants.  All Wood Cleaner harnesses the power of oxygen to clean and brighten wood without harsh chemicals.

When cleaning your deck or exterior wood we do not recommend using bleach.  Bleach can cause streaking, spotting and even break down wood fibers.

 

Product Spotlight: Flame Retardant For Your Home

Wild fires were devastating to many homes, families and businesses all over the the United States last year.   The following product spotlight focuses on Flame Seal’s Wood Seal™ Class A,  a revolutionary product that can mean the difference between a home or business to return to or a pile of ashes.

What is Flame Seal Wood Seal ™ A?

Flame Seal Wood Seal is a clear, water based, penetrating product designed to be applied to all unfinished wood surfaces inside and outside the home prior to final finishing. With Flame Seal’s Wood Seal treatment, your logs are transformed from a flammable material into a “flame resistant” material. If logs are exposed to a flame, instead of growing into a destructive fire,  in most cases the flames will simply burn themselves out, and the exposed surface of the logs will only be discolored or charred. Most non-flammable finishes can be applied over Wood Seal but check with your manufacturer before using.  Wood Seal meets most commercial building code requirements, giving structures a Class A fire rating.   Wood Seal is  non volatile, non-toxic, and contains no petroleum derivatives.

What woods work best with Flame Seal Wood Seal?

Softer woods such as Fir, Pine and Cedar work best and allow for maximum penetration of the Wood Seal product.  Harder woods such as Oak will not absorb as much Flame Seal, and therefore might be less resistant to fire.  

What wood finishes work best with Flame Seal Wood Seal?

Flame Seal’s Wood Seal works best with water based interior finishes such as PermaChink’s Lifeline Interior.  For exterior applications Flame Seal Wood Seal works well with water-based exterior systems such as Perma-Chink’s Lifeline Ultra-2 System  and Seal Once Poly Blend. Flame Seal Wood Seal also works well  with alkyd resin systems such as Sikkens Cetol Log and Siding and WeatherSeal. Check the Flame Seal product page for information on what class fire ratings are achieved when using the above wood finishes over Flame Seal.  Flame Seal’s Wood Seal is not compatible with penetrating log finishes such as Q8 Log Oil.

Are Test Results Available Which Prove Flameseal Woodseal’s Class A Fire Rating?

Yes. Click Here for Flameseal Wood Seal Test Results.

Will Flame Seal Wood Seal Protect My Home In All Fire Situations?

Wood Seal flame retardant cannot provide 100% protection against all fire situations. The product makes it difficult for a fire to start, or spread, which will defeat many fire situations.  Flame Seal will always increase the time that you will have to escape or take action to put out the fire. Flame Seal’s Wood Seal will protect your home against 95% of the common causes of house fires that can, if left unchecked, destroy your home.

How Do You Apply Flame Seal Wood Seal?

  • Always remove any mill glaze from milled logs or siding.
  • Apply a light initial coat of Flame Seal, followed by two heavy saturating coats.
  • Flame Seal  can be applied with a brush, roller or spray equipment to any clean unfinished raw wood surface.
  • Apply Flame Seal to saturation so that it is running off the surface of the wood.
  • Allow Flame Seal Wood Seal to dry for 24 hours before applying your compatible log finish.
  • Do not dilute Flame Seal: it must be applied full strength to yield full protection.
  • For exterior applications, apply your log finish within 24-72 hours after the Flame Seal application.

 

What is the coverage of Flame Seal’s Wood Seal?

Depending on the porosity of your wood, Flame Seal’s Wood Seal coverage will range between 750 and 1750 square feet per 5 gallon pail.

Who Developed Flame Seal’s Wood Seal?
Flame Seal’s Wood Seal was developed and is manufactured by the Flame Seal Corporation.  Flame Seal is a leading supplier of flame retardant coatings for the commercial aircraft industry.

Here is an amazing testimonial LogFinish.com received from a satisfied FlameSeal customer in Tujunga, CA the site of the Station Forest Fire in 2009.

I have been wanting to tell you about the successful use of your Flame Seal fire retardant on our forest cabin. In May of 2009 we refinished our deck, and since our home is in a fire prone area inside a National Forest, we wanted to use a fire retardant. We selected your Flame Seal and treated the wood on the deck with a generous amount of it before we put on the top coat.

It turns out this was a lucky, or perhaps prescient, move on our part. Four months later, on August 29, 2009, the Station Fire consumed more than 50 of our neighbors’ homes. This fire eventually became the largest blaze in Los Angeles County history. While we watched the devastation we didn’t have much hope for our cabin, but two days after the fire ran through, we were allowed to return and see to our amazement that our house was still standing! There were a thousand tiny burn marks all over the surface of the deck where embers landed, and the back of the house, which was also treated with Flame Seal, had bubbling paint and a warped plastic thermometer, but none of the ignition points sustained burning. We were so pleased, we bought another five gallons to seal the entire surface of the house, which had to be repainted after the fire.

This stuff works! We will tell all of our neighbors who rebuild and who still live in the area about your product.

Mark  T., CA

 For  more information or some friendly help with the product call 1-888-208-2248.