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Forum topic by territerri posted 10-14-2013 10:32 AM 1227 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2013 10:32 AM

I just had a beautiful Cedar log home built. I am very upset with the final result of the exterior. I did want to go on a darker side, however, all of the knots, natural grain and rough end pieces came up black in color. I am so distressed. This is a vacation home and I wasn’t nearby when the staining was done. I was astonished by the photos my builder sent me after it was all done. At our last meeting, I reminded him that I was very concerned how the color we selected (sickens dark oak) would come up on the logs and that I definitely did not want it too dark and if appeared to come up too dark, than I would just clear finish. Unfortunately my builder did not make me aware about the very, almost black spots, all throughout! Needless to say I realize there is no fix for this now. My builder feels badly, but agrees that nothing could be done for the dark spots. Perhaps sanding the corners may help that area a bit but as for the rest of the house?? I have a brand new home with as very poor looking finish. The stain was mixed into a satin poly and this was done in one process. Does anyone have any suggestion??

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 12:52 PM

Have any pics?

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 01:12 PM

Pictures would help. I have a log home that I built and used Sikkens Cetol 1 and Cetol 2/3 Plus. I assume that is not what you used. I believe my color is natural. Mine has darkened over the years (10) but I’m still happy. The Cetol 2/3 is kind of like a polyurethane, but it has a tint. You may be able to go back over with a lighter color and lighten it up. Which finish did you use. And yes sanding some of the knots may help. I used this on my logs before staining. It is an abrasive brush that may remove some of those dark spots. Here is my house.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 01:30 PM

Just looking at the logs on the inside of my house. I have no stain on the inside and only clear water based poly. The knots are still much darker. They are end grain and think of how end grain in woodworking soaks up stain. They are always going to be darker. My logs are red pine. You said cedar, is that western red cedar or something else.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 02:23 PM

Only thing I can think of is media blast (soda blast??) the place then re-coat with a product YOU pick out.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 04:17 PM

Power sander to grind down the bad spots, then try your next finish on an area where you can test the results before doing the whole house. Cedar can be quite absorbent, and color splotching should be expected.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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