Log Home Mold Removal
The biodegradable percarbonate-based wood cleaner cleans and brightens grayed and weathered wood. We use it to return wood to its original natural color before applying any of our quality wood finishes.
Dirt, mold, mildew, water stains and UV damage will be gone and the wood will have a new, fresh look.
LOG HOMES MAINTENANCE
Log Home Chink
The chink is a flexible, textured chinking that seals the open gaps between logs to eliminate heat loss and air infiltration. Even though it looks and feels like traditional mortar, it's not. Our chink is a pure acrylic that adheres to logs and stretches to maintain a tight seal by following log movement. Our chink comes in 8 different colors.
Log Home Energy Seal
Energy Seal was created specifically to seal milled or scribed log homes and around joinery such as butt-joints, trim and corners. One application makes any log wall completely weather-tight. Our Seal has excellent adhesion and stretch. It is long-lasting, UV-stable and chemical-resistant. Unlike commonly used sealants which look shiny and artificial, our seal is also textured to match the visual characteristics of wood. It easily tools to a smooth, professional finish, virtually disappearing into the walls after it's applied. It softens the lines on log walls and accepts the color of wood finishes. In fact, our seal so closely matches your walls, most people can't tell the seams are sealed.
END GRAIN SEALER
The end-grain of wood is particularly vulnerable and can act like tiny straws, drawing excessive moisture into the wood. Log End Seal provides a durable, water-repellent barrier against sun, rain, snow and ice.
Which is the best way to remove an existing finish, media blasting or chemical stripping?
Like most questions of this nature there is no difinitive answer, it depends on the situation. Both methods of removing a finish have their positive and negative attributes and the results depend as much on the competence of the person or persons doing the work as much as the method used. But for the sake of comparison we'll look at the features of each method in order to help you make a more informed decision about which method you choose to use.
Although media blasting can be accomplished by a homeowner it does not lend itself well to be a do-it-yourself project since it requires the rental of an industrial size air compressor as well as the Blaster Buddy Unit. Although the objective of media
blasting is to strip off the existing finish it also removes the top layer of wood in the process. Since media blasting can be a very aggressive procedure, in the hands of someone inexperienced with media blasting a lot of damage can be done to the surface of the wood in a very short period of time. That's one reason that media blasting is best left in the hands of professionals who have had some prior experience.
In general we take the position that media blasting should be the last resort rather than the preferred method of removing and existing finish. We often receive calls from homeowners who are virtually in tears after seeing what media blasting did to their beautiful log home. They call us wanting to know what they can do to restore the logs to their original smooth surface. The sad news is that the only way to restore the surface is lots of hand sanding. Of course when properly accomplished by and experienced individual who knows what they are doing, media blasting followed by Osborn brushing can result in a fairly smoooth surface. However, this is more the exception than the rule.
Some Advantages of Media Blasting
Does and excellent job removing most paints and stains
Fairly quick and cost effective
Avoids water getting into the home but dry dust and blasting media will most probably penetrate into the interior of the home.
Since the blasting media consists of either recycled crushed glass or organic materials like corncob grit or walnut shells there is little chance of well or water contamination.
Disadvantages of Media Blasting
Media Blasting changes the surface characteristics of the wood.
In additoin to roughening the surface it increases the surface porosity.
Many people consider a media blasted surface unattractive and the only way to restore the wood to a smooth surface is with lots of hand sanding.
Prelude should ALWAYS be used as a primer on media blasted surfaces.
Having enough blasting media on hand is critical. You don't want to run out in the middle of a wall since it may take two or three days to have additonal material shipped to your location.
Chemical stripping refers to the use of finish removers used in conjunction with a pressure washer. Since chemical strippers only soften and existing finish they must be used along with a pressue washer to actually remove the finish from the wall. As opposed to media blasting, chemical stripping is much more user friendly since all it takes is a general purpose pressure washer. A pressure washer is quite a bit easier to handle than media blasting equipment and although aggressive pressure washing can still do some surface damage, it's fairly easy to fix with a light sanding or and Osborn Buffing Brush.
The main advantage of chemical stripping is that the use of proper procedures can result in a beautiful smooth clean surface. So why do some stain manufacturers
recommend media blasting over pressure washing? Media blasting significantly increases the porosity of the surface thus giving an inferior finish better adhesion since the rough surface gives the finish more surface area to grab onto.
Some Advantages of Chemical Stripping
Does and excellent job when correct procedures are used.
User friendly. Takes little expertise and no special equipment is required.
One wall can be refinished at a time.
Results in a more attractive surface.
Disadvantages of Chemical Stripping
Water will get into the home.
Need to protect plants and shrubs from chemicals.
May take more than one application to completely remove an existing finish.
Must thoroughly rinse any applied chemicals before applying finish.