If you've recently purchased a log home, then you need to know about carpenter bees. These pests are one of the big problems for log home owners. These bees are attracted to the log walls. They burrow deep into the logs and lay eggs. These bees eat away at the logs and can, if left alone and not dealt with, completely hollow out the logs. Luckily, you can prevent these bees from eating up your logs. The way to do this is through log home staining, since bees are attracted to unstained logs
Here is what you need to do.
Step 1: Strip The Logs Clean
The logs need to be stripped clean before fresh stain is applied. Even if the log home has never been stained, you need to strip the logs. Years of mildew will have built up on the untreated logs that need to be removed.
You can strip the logs one of two ways. The first involves a chemical peel. A thick paste is applied with a paintbrush and left on for a set amount of time. That time will depend on the particular chemical peel used. These peels will then need to be scraped off with a wire brush. The logs will then be
The second method of striping the logs involves the use of
It is best to hire someone to strip the logs. It is very labor intensive to strip logs using a chemical peel, and a corn cob sprayer is a commercial strength machine that is cost prohibitive to buy for an individual homeowner, especially since it is not something you will use often.
Step 2: Stain The Logs
When the logs are stripped bare, you might see your home anew for the first time. The logs will be bright and golden. At this point, you can decide if you want a clear wood finish, or a stain that will add color.
Stain can be applied using a foam brush. It is best to not attempt to apply stain using a roller because of the curved surfaces. Rollers are better suited for flat surfaces.
If you have a large log home, especially a two-story home, then it is prudent to hire someone. You don't want to try and apply stain while on a ladder. It can be difficult to reach certain spots and the stain won't be applied evenly. This will lead to discoloration, or worse, missing spots where carpenter bees will flock.