2. Restore

The First Step to renewing your log home is cleaning the surface. On new wood sufaces brush or wipe off any extraneous debris that might be present. On the log surface where the buildup of fungi is under the surface of a stain or finish - power wash, strip or sand off this coating and wipe it down with a damp cloth or sponge prior to the application. There are several ways to clean dirty, weathered wood. The most common types of surface cleaners offered by Perma-Chink Systems:

Wood ReNew - is an excellent surface preparation prior to staining or restaining, preserving or sealing.  Wood ReNew works well on logs, decks, fences and cedar shakes.
Wood ReNew is a concentrated powder that is mixed with water and applied to wood. It removes stains and discoloration caused by dirt, mildew, and mold-renewing the natural beauty of wood.

Apply solution liberally with sprayer, brush or mop from bottom up. Allow solution to work for ten minutes, keeping the surface wet with additional amounts of solution. When necessary, use a medium bristle scrub brush or stiff broom to help clean surface...

Rinse thoroughly from top down with water hose or pressure washer. Heavily discolored areas may require additional treatments. When application and rinsing of product has been completed, rinse any shrubbery, plants and landscaping areas that have had exposure to product.

Oxcon - lightens and brightens wood surfaces prior to using natural finishes or semi-transparent stains. For use on Exterior and Interior logs, decks, railings and fences.
Oxcon may be applied with a sprayer, roller, brush or broom. Use liberal amounts (a flowing coat) over a specific area. Do not spot-treat since this method of application could cause blotching. Let the solution sit on the surface for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with plenty of water. Apply from bottom up and rinse from top down.

Blaster-Buddy - revolutionary machine, with remote control, that weighs about 400 pounds and it is approximately four feet high. It comes with 50 feet of blast hose and owners manual.  For rentals, there also is a safety kit which includes a face shield with headgear, a pair of gloves, sets of earplugs and respiration mask.
Glass blasting media is a light abrasive for the purpose of stripping, cleaning or removal of old finishes on most wood substrates. The media itself is actually made from recycled glass.

This media then placed into a pressure pot type-blasting machine and then it is blown through a specific sized nozzle onto the wood to remove the old finish. The process is very much like sandblasting, but much safer for the user and environment.

By using glass blasting media, there is no water or other chemicals used that may cause the wood substrate to "fuzz" or swell, thereby eliminating the need to sand the surface prior to applying your finish. Properly blasted substrates will have sort of a "velvet" look and will normally stain a little darker than smooth or planed surfaces. This velvet texture makes an excellent surface for the finish to adhere to, and will create a professional image for the entire home.

What you will need, is a large air compressor with a minimum of 125-CFM airflow. These compressors can usually be rented at a local rental center. You will also need a blast pot to apply the media, contact your Perma-Chink distributors for the availability of these machines.

chrisIn extreme cases total wood restoration may be necessary.  Using the products mentioned above along with wood restoration epoxies, even the most neglected structure can look like new again. 

Follow Chris Hastings of Pacific Chinking & Log Home Restoration & Consulting Services week by week as he completely restores a log cabin on Whidbey Island, WA.  (Chris Hastings has been featured on Home Time TV series and many log home magazines. 509-649-2584 )

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7

After you've inspected all wood for deterioration and removed or restored any wood that is not structually sound and used the right restoration products from Perma-Chink Systems, move to the next step.

How To:  1. Inspect, 2. Restore, 3. Preserve, 4. Stain & Finish, 5. Chink & Seal