April 24, 2009, Newsletter Issue #164: Nothing Like a Clean Log

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Before you can apply stain to a new log cabin exterior, the surface must be prepared properly.

The stain-repelling mill glaze which is part of the the log shaping process has to be removed and the log surface roughed up so that the stain can penetrate more thoroughly.

When pressure washing your log, you can use one of these three cleaning agents for best overall effect.

* CPR: Bleach and Water Use a mixture of 1 part bleach and 5 parts water, plus 1 Tbs. TSP cleaner (optional).
* X-180: Apply cleaning agents from the ground and work up. This will avoid streaking of the logs.
* Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes before power washing.
* Rinse thoroughly!
* Allow to dry 3-7 days, depending on drying conditions before applying stain.

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