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We went to Lake George NY early this week to do a little work on a recently purchased log home built in the mid 1980’s.   We were there the week of the Americade  motorcycle rally.   Americade bills itself as the worlds largest motorcycle rally and adheres to the motto “Loud pipes risk rights.”  It was a great week to view beautiful bikes.  After a little repair work was done to the log home we gave it a good cleaning, (washing not cob blasting) a little new caulking and a few other touches and the home was ready for stain.

We used the four step Permachink method of primer sealer, two coats of stain and top coat to get the desired finished results.  The client was very happy and even to the point of saying when they first saw the home up for sale they never envisioned it could look so good.

We did a little interior refreshing with a permachink product that seals the logs and adds a slight sheen which brings out the beauty in the logs.  It’s a great look that allows the wood to breath and makes the logs much easier to keep clean.

The exterior now looks fantastic and the interior will be finished up soon.  I’d like to come back on a bike next year to check up on the home and spend more time touring the area with Americade.

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I received a call from a gentleman in NY state who’s getting ready to buy an existing log home on Lake George.  He sent photos and we talked about what he’ll need to do to the home.  Much of the information I passed on to him is generically good for most log homes.  He’s checked the home for logs that may have deteriorated and that is not an issue and he does not need to have the home cob blasted.

The house needs to be washed and rinsed thoroughly.   When washing first get the wall very wet.  Use a garden pump sprayer to apply a mixture of Log Wash, 20% Bleach and water.  Where necessary scrub the logs using a stiff nylon bristled brush.  Rinse thoroughly before the logs dry and repeat as necessary.  It may also be necessary to increase the percentage of bleach.

Over the years I’ve tried many different stains and sealants on the exterior of log homes.  Over the past few years we’ve worked almost exclusively with Permachink products.   At their website ( http://permachink.com/ ) there are many products and a lot of info.  These four products we’ve found to work very well together and I’m completely comfortable recommending them.

A.  LOG WASH

B.  PRELUDE

C.  LIFELINE ULTRA-2

D.  LIFELINE ADVANCE

There is a lot more to add but that will come with time.   Use these products and follow the directions and you will be happy with the outcome for years to come.

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