What is a good brand of cabin stain/oil/sealer? Mine needs it this summer.
The cabin is made of logs, but they have been run through a machine, and
they interlock, leaving a bumpy surface with horizontal lines similar to a
real log cabin. Most of the area is open wood, with just a little around
the windows and doors that would have to be masked.
Would what you recommend run through an airless, or would it be better to
roll on? Other suggestions on a way to apply, such as pressurized feed
roller? Two stories high, approx 1200 sf footprint.
I used Thompson's oil stain on my garage. The garage siding is just
plain 1/2" plywood, with a 1x2 nailed over the joints. I painted that
garage in 2003. It held up well, and repels water. I used the
semi-clear stain, but applied 2 coats. If I did it again, I'd use the
solid stain, because one coat of the semi-clear did not cover the
imperfections in the wood real well, and 2 coats looked more like paint.
In 2011 I noticed a few spots were getting bare, mostly at ground level,
from water running off the roof. I touched up those spots, but later
decided to just give the whole garage another coat, because the touchup
was noticable, due to color fading, and probably the color is not
exactly the same as the original. I figured the extra coat would
protect the wood better anyhow.
I applied it with a 4 inch paintbrush, and trim brush along the edges.
I suppose a roller would be faster, but I like to work it into all the
cracks and dents in the wood, which a roller dont do as well. Besides
looking nice, I want to keep moisture out of the wood to prevent decay,
especially since the siding is untreated plywood.
Last year (2012) I built a small addition on this garage, and used
treated plywood on this part. This treated plywood had words stamped on
the sheets, and took 3 coats to cover them. I was not pleased about the
words on them....
Anyhow, I think the Thompsons is a decent product, and it's not overly
priced. However, I only use the OIL type. They also sell a latex
product, but I want the stuff to penetrate and seal the wood. Latex
paint just covers the surface.
In my time spent on internet DIY Q&A forums, I've found that more people
like Cabot when it comes to choosing a deck stain than any other
I expect there wouldn't be a lot of difference between the wood
stain/sealer Cabot makes for decks and the one they make for any exposed
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