Does your log home need to be refinished?  Often it can be easily determined by a simple visual inspection.  However, you can also perform a water droplet test. Place a few droplets of water on various sections of the logs and observe how they react. If the water beads up and rolls off, the finish is likely intact. However, if the water soaks into the wood, it may indicate that the finish needs to be reapplied. It is suggested to check all sides of your home as the weather, water runoff, and other conditions can affect them differently.

In preparing the surface for a new application of stain, we are often asked why it’s recommended to do media blasting verses a simple home wash. Washing your log home can be used when there is surface mildew, dirt and light discolorations alone. Media blasting before refinishing is often preferred because it provides a more thorough and effective cleaning and surface preparation process. Here’s why:

  • Deep cleaning:

Media blasting removes old stains, coatings, dirt, and debris from the surface of the logs more effectively than washing alone. It can reach into cracks, crevices, and pores of the wood, ensuring a clean surface for refinishing.

  • Surface preparation:

Media blasting not only cleans the surface but also roughens it slightly, creating a better surface for the new finish to adhere to. This improves the longevity and durability of the refinishing job.

  • Uniformity:

Media blasting helps achieve a more uniform surface by removing any uneven patches or discolorations, resulting in a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing finish.

  • Efficiency:

While washing can remove surface dirt and grime, it may not effectively remove stubborn stains or coatings. Media blasting is faster and more efficient in removing these tough residues, saving time and effort in the refinishing process.


Overall, media blasting provides a comprehensive cleaning and preparation process that ensures optimal results when refinishing a log home. Before proceeding with media blasting, it’s essential to assess the condition of your log home and consult with professionals experienced in log home restoration to determine if it’s the appropriate method for your specific situation. There are different types of media used, glass, sand, etc.. and selecting the correct one is essential. Now is the time to get scheduled for a new log home finish.  Contact the team at 888 Log Guys for a free, no obligation estimate.