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Staining a building
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Greaseman    Posted 08-07-2001 at 12:45:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am planning to stain a reasonably new erected pole barn which we keep old tractor's, etc. Does any one out there have any suggestion's on good products to keep the "board and bat" (lumber is Hemlock)in good health? Also, is it better to apply with a brush/roller or an airless paint sprayer?

Bama Red    Posted 08-08-2001 at 07:02:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hey, Grease - I have a 9 year old log home in East Tennessee and I have used Wood Guard stain with very good results. I first pressure washed the entire home from eaves to foundation, then I used a clorox/water solution and a stiff bristle brush and scrubbed all the wood. After that dried I used my garden sprayer to apply the combination stain/water repellant/insect repellant and backbrushed that. I think it came out real well. This is a "before" picture - see the other pics in the album for "after" photos. Also - see for info on the stain. BTW - I have no affiliation with Wood Guard.

Denise    Posted 08-07-2001 at 19:35:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are looking for a serious stain and willing to spend a bit of cash I do have a recommendation -
we just completed the staining process on our log cabin this spring. The solid logs are VERY suseptible(sp?) to rot and bugs here. We get enough rain here to be considered a temperate rainforest (over 90 inches a year) so the damp is a big issue, termites are another problem and with a log structure it could not be more important.
After *much* research we chose Sikkens, a 2 step process, first the stain ( carries most of the color) and then the sealer - with UV protectant, insecticide, and seal coat. It was VERY thick, not an option to spary ( despite being told that they do spray it on..) we brushed numerous coats on the entire cabin. Despite the work - you can expect a true color/shade, great weather protection, and insecticide is added as needed - so we got exactly what we needed.
Most of the local suppliers carried it (special order but..) we got exactly what we wanted.
The color stain we chose was Teak, and we have accented with a dark green trim.
Good luck with your barn - you will be delighted with the results! I would reccomend pressure washing first so you start with a nice fresh surface.
I'll be watching for future posts to see how it comes out.
Take care,

Burrhead    Posted 08-07-2001 at 17:09:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
In our part of the country we have just about every kind of insects.

The best thing to use around here is used engine oil and diesl fuel blended 50/50 or so.

Not only does it seal the wood and give it a good stained look but it keeps ants and wasp from moving in on you.

The best way to apply is with a sprayer. I use my herbicide/pesticide tank and sprayer on the tractor.

Phyllis    Posted 08-07-2001 at 17:52:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you serious? That works??? We will be doing some staining/sealing in a few months on some of that log cabin siding, and we're looking for something too.

Larry    Posted 08-07-2001 at 18:38:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

Burr's right.We do the same thing around here. I keep all my used oil in a big drum,and smear it all over anything that needs it. What else am I going to do with it. I can't poor it on the ground,and we don't have any recycling centers around here for it.

Phyllis    Posted 08-07-2001 at 18:45:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I had heard that you could use linseed oil, but then read something about mold or mildew getting on it. I never heard about used oil. We'll have to start saving it. Thanks.

OW - Mexican Stain    Posted 08-07-2001 at 22:56:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years ago, many fancy homes wanted black-stained lattice-roofed rough-lumber patio covers for some reason, so you're looking at maybe 30-50 gallons to cover all those thirsty boards right. We pre-stained (rolled) them on a rack behind the lumber yard and the BEST stain turned out to be "Mexican Stain" (roofing tar dissolved in paint thinner.) Worked so good, i still treat posts that way.

Got an old pair of roofing boots with a load of tar on them? Soak them in paint thinner a coupla days! Once they dry -- doesn't hurt them a bit. And you have 3 gallons of leftover stain.

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