What are the pros and cons of each of these types of log home finishes?

What are the pros and cons of Log Home Stain?

Type of Log Home Stain

Pros

Cons

  • Oil based Log Home Stain
  • Latex based Solid Color Log Home Stain
  • Semitransparent Acrylic Latex based Log Home Stain
  • Log Home Varnishes
  • Oil based Semitransparent Log Home Stains
  • Widely Available, Wood grain visibility, UV Protection, Non Porous, Easy application
  • Widely available, Breathable, Flexible, Durable, High UV Protection, Porous, Easy application, Low maintenance, Long life
  • Widely available, Breathable, Flexible, Durable, High UV Protection, Wood grain visibility, Porous, Low maintenance, Long life
  • Allows for natural look of logs, Widely available
  • Penetrates into wood, Wood grain visibility, Breathable, High UV protection
  • Trap Moisture, Brittle, Can’t Breathe, Weather Quickly, Coat build-up over time, Blistering if moisture is present behind finish, High Maintenance
  • Won’t prevent decay if conditions are favorable, Short Shelf Life
  • More difficult to apply than oil based stains and solid color stains, Short Shelf Life
  • High maintenance, prone to Cracking, Peeling and Blistering, Requires recoating every 1-2 years, Partial UV protection
  • Perform best on rough sawn, weathered, or course textured wood, Compatibility issues with most log home sealants due to waxes found in most penetrating finishes, Doesn’t have a furniture grade finish look (dull), must apply second coat before first coat dries in order for stain to penetrate wood

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