Cabin Maintenance That Won’t Let You Down
To preserve the natural beauty of your log cabin or home you need to maintain the exterior by re-staining it periodically. Fresh stain shall be applied approximately every 5 years. The stain that was factory-applied to your Cozy Cabin is Haley Paint’s Wilderness Ultra Log Stain 701 (since 2019*). Our standard colors are Butternut and Bark; however, re-staining with this same color will significantly darken the color of your home so we recommend re-staining with ULS Natural, which is a lighter tone. Test the color on a small patch in an inconspicuous location.
*If your home was built prior to 2019, see the Stain Upgrade page for alternate steps to upgrade your home to the current stain.
Remove the shutters and anything else attached to the home that blocks access to stained surfaces.
Clean the exterior. This is typically done with a pressure washer. The goal is simply to clean the siding – not to strip the previous stain. Be careful not to wash so closely that it roughs up the wood. If any mildew is present, treat it with a mold & mildew remover before re-staining.
When the exterior has fully dried you are ready for the stain. It is typically applied with a large brush. If you choose to apply it with an airless sprayer it may still need to be back-brushed for consistency. A properly-installed single coat of stain is all that’s needed to freshen and preserve your exterior for the next 5 years. Reinstall your shutters when the stain is fully cured.
Log Cabin Staining Tips:
- Apply stain only when air temperature is between 55° and 100° Fahrenheit. Do not apply in direct sunlight.
- Apply consistently. Adjusting the amount of stain you apply will affect the final color.
- Work the entire length of a log as you go to prevent unsightly overlap lines.