Every log home or log cabin is different and there is no single “fix that fits all”.  The direction taken will largely depend on the current condition of the logs, stain and sealant. The Team at 888 Log Guys can evaluate and recommend the needed steps for the best outcome.  Regardless of where you start, the staining and sealing process should be carefully considered.  Below are a few thoughts that offer information for the best chance of a successful recoat.


  1. Type of Wood:

Different wood species may respond differently to stains and sealers. Choose products specifically formulated for the type of wood used in your log home.

  1. Climate:

Consider your climate conditions, including sun exposure, humidity, and precipitation levels. Look for a stain and sealer that offers UV protection, moisture resistance, and durability suitable for your climate.

  1. Appearance:

Decide on the desired look for your log home, whether it’s a natural wood finish, a transparent stain, a semi-transparent stain, or a solid color stain. Test samples to see how they complement the natural grain and color of your logs.

  1. Protection:

Evaluate the level of protection offered by the stain and sealer against elements such as UV rays, moisture, mold, mildew, and insect damage. Select a product that provides long-lasting protection to preserve the beauty and integrity of your log home.

  1. Reviews and Recommendations:

Research different stain and sealer brands, read customer reviews, and seek recommendations from professionals or other log homeowners who have experience with specific products. 888 Log Guys use Sashco Products for the majority of their restoration projects. Quality products offer several benefits:

  • They are often formulated with superior ingredients and technologies, providing better protection against the elements and ensuring longer-lasting results. They resist fading, cracking, peeling, and other forms of deterioration, reducing the frequency of maintenance and refinishing.
  • High-quality stains and sealers enhance the natural beauty of your log home, bringing out the richness of the wood grain and color. They provide consistent coverage, smooth finish, and vibrant pigmentation, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing and professionally finished look.
  • Premium products offer advanced protection against UV rays, moisture, mold, mildew, insects, and other environmental factors that can damage or degrade the wood over time. They create a strong barrier that seals out water, prevents rotting, and preserves the structural integrity of your log home.
  • Quality stains and sealers are often designed for easy application, with smooth consistency, good adhesion, and minimal odor. They dry evenly, require fewer coats for optimal coverage, and facilitate smoother application, saving you time, effort, and potential frustration during the staining process.
  • While quality products may have a higher upfront cost, they offer better value in the long run by reducing the need for frequent maintenance, repairs, and premature replacement. Investing in quality stain and sealer can ultimately save you money by extending the lifespan of your log home and minimizing future expenses.
  1. Ease of Application:

Consider the ease of application and maintenance of the stain and sealer. Choose a product that can be applied with your preferred method (brush, roller, sprayer) and that doesn’t require frequent reapplication.

  1. Environmental Impact:

Look for stains and sealers that are environmentally friendly and low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to minimize harm to the environment and indoor air quality.


Overall, choosing quality products ensures superior protection, longevity, esthetics, and overall satisfaction, ultimately enhancing the beauty and value of your log home investment.