If your Cozy Cabin was built prior to 2019* the factory stain is different than what we’re using currently. Our current Wilderness Ultra Log Stain by Haley Paint utilizes new stain technology, and has been proven to hold up longer. For that reason we recommend doing an upgrade when you re-stain your home. Here are the steps needed to switch to the new stain:
Remove the shutters and anything else attached to the home that blocks access to stained surfaces.
Prepare the surface by removing any loose finish. We recommend applying S-100 Stain Remover gel using a brush or an airless paint sprayer. Within a few minutes it begins to soften the finish and since it is a gel, it stays wet and active for a fairly long period of time. Once the finish has sufficiently softened, you can remove the gel and loose finish with a simple pressure washing. Be careful not to wash so closely that it roughs up the wood.
When the exterior has fully dried you are ready for the stain. We recommend staining with a light/medium stain color like ULS Bark to avoid having the finish appear too dark. (The final color is likely to appear darker than it would on new construction due to being applied on siding that’s already been stained and weathered.) The stain 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. Apply the first coat liberally enough to sufficiently coat the logs and provide nice color.
After the first coat dries, add a second light coat of the same stain for the final seal and gloss. That’s all that is needed to freshen and preserve your exterior for the next 5 years. Reinstall your shutters when the stain is fully cured.
*If your home was built in 2019 or after, refer to our standard maintenance instructions.
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.