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    I have to re apply stain and topcoat to my log kit cabin, but first I need to strip the old stuff off. When I have done this in the past I have used a type that requires pressure washing to remove the old material after the stripper is applied. In this scenario I will not have a pressure washer available. Can anyone recommend a product that does not require pressure washing? After the old stain is removed I am going to sand the logs, re-stain, and apply a topcoat. Looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfish6025 View Post
    I have to re apply stain and topcoat to my log kit cabin, but first I need to strip the old stuff off. When I have done this in the past I have used a type that requires pressure washing to remove the old material after the stripper is applied. In this scenario I will not have a pressure washer available. Can anyone recommend a product that does not require pressure washing? After the old stain is removed I am going to sand the logs, re-stain, and apply a topcoat. Looking forward to it!
    What type of stain or log oil do you use? Just curious because I have about about 1200 linear feet of 8-inch 3-sided logs sitting in my back yard that need to be sanded and stained this summer. And I am not quite sure what type of stain or log oil I should use. Also, if anyone has any recommendations on the best way to remove small spots of mold and mildew I am all ears. For the most part my logs stayed pretty dry but there are a couple small spots of mold in a few places that need to be removed. I thought about just sanding it off. But I have heard that you can use a 50/50 water bleach solution as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    What type of stain or log oil do you use? Just curious because I have about about 1200 linear feet of 8-inch 3-sided logs sitting in my back yard that need to be sanded and stained this summer. And I am not quite sure what type of stain or log oil I should use. Also, if anyone has any recommendations on the best way to remove small spots of mold and mildew I am all ears. For the most part my logs stayed pretty dry but there are a couple small spots of mold in a few places that need to be removed. I thought about just sanding it off. But I have heard that you can use a 50/50 water bleach solution as well.
    I'm using permachink lifeline stain & topcoat. Its spendy, but a 5 gallon bucket goes a long way. As for your mold problem, I have had success removing mildew from logs with the bleach/water solution, but I'm not too sure about the unfinished logs. I couldn't hurt to apply some, let it dry, and then sand.

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    We used water sprayed on logs to keep wet then used a variable speed angle buffer with a 80 grit nylon impregnated cone brush wheel. this was all it took to take nasty grey logs back to new. We also put a coat of bug killer stuff from SBS before we coated with coating from SBS.

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    I have run into a similar situation on my log home. The first owner had put a product called Tough hide on the logs and some years later it would not let the logs breath so to speak. I started looking at a striper and could not find anything that would do the job so I started sanding the logs with a disk sander. I have research more since I started the sanding which is very time consuming and messy. Sandblasting with either corn hulls or walnut shell and that seems to be the fastest method. I have not priced the product yet or where to buy it in Anchorage as of yet I am out of the country right now but I think that will be the way to go. This is more of a suggestion to the readers to research and see if this is a option for you or not. There are several you tub video's to watch and see how it works.

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