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Staining Your Log Home.

Work Horizontally. Plan on applying your stain to one wall at a time, starting at the top and working completely across 3-4 logs high.

When the top 3-4 logs are stained, then move down the wall to the next 3-4 logs. Continue in a similar pattern to the bottom of the wall, working around doors and windows.

Clean any drip marks that may occur on lower logs to avoid overlap marks.

This consistency will help to eliminate the possibility of lap marks.

Very Important to keep a "wet edge" without stopping, in the middle of the log is necessary, simply "feather out" the stain when you need to stop in the middle of a wall, trailing it off into nothing to help minimize lap marks.

If spraying on the stain always always back brush in the stain. Very Important!

Always clean your bushes really good! If a oil based stain clean with mineral spirits, water base stain with soap and water.

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Comment by Kelly on January 29, 2009 at 5:09pm

You are correct about preping the logs prior to staining making sure they are clean and free of all dirt. And yes always finish the stain out to the end.

Comment by Greg SWEETS on January 29, 2009 at 11:43am
Kelly this is a good article,but I would recommend if possible never stop in the middle of the wall
always finish it out to the end or you will see lap marks.I see it happen many times before.
feathering the stain out will help but you could still have lap marks.I would also mention that before stainning make sure your logs are clean and free of dirt.Cleaning product like log wash
works great before staining.Great Article for people who wish to stain there log home.

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