Weather protection can go a long way in preserving the beauty and longevity of log cabins. The key to a long-standing solid log cabin is shielding the exterior of the log cabin from brutal UV rays and moisture. In addition, the right log cabin stain will enhance the natural beauty of the logs to give your cabin that sought after rustic appeal.

The best TWP Stain for log cabins is the newly formulated TWP 1500 Series. This particular stain product is intended to perform better than the original formula known as Series 500. The outperforming version 1500 Series Stain uses a low VOC blend that is compliant in all 50 states and is registered as an EPA wood preservative.

 

What makes TWP 1500 the best TWP stain for log cabins is its exceptional water repelling abilities that help prevent log cracking, splitting, and warping. In addition, its 60-70 percent solid pigment blend penetrates deep into the wood’s pores creating an adequate shield against graying and fading.

 

TWP 1500 is perfect for log cabins as it revitalizes the logs by replacing their dwindling natural oils and enhances the log cabin’s overall appearance. 1500 Total Wood Preservative has distinct mildewcides that discourage the growth of mold and mildew spores, which can cause log rot and decay.

The 1500 Series Stain will give your log cabin the brilliant finish it deserves. It is offered in a variety of colors to meet your needs. This easy to apply formula offers user friendly maintenance that will have your log cabin looking good year round while keeping annoying maintenance costs down. The TWP 1500 Series Stain is sincerely the best TWP stain for log cabins and is available from your official online TWP dealer.

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    TWP Stains · 09/18/2017
    george Penick:
    log cabin ready for stain- used FLOOD UV5 about 5 yrs ago, plan to lightly wash it with diluted bleach water/rinse. You say your 1500 is best, I know the solids stain last longest, but like the semi look, so what do you suggest for a middle ground? how long can I expect yours to last in mts of western NC?

    The 1500 is a semi-transparent stain. You will need to remove the Flood fully and that will require more than Bleach. Use the Restore a Dec Stripper Kit:

    https://www.twpstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper-brightener-kit-detail

    Should last about 4-6 years for the log cabin, possibly longer depending on UV exposure.
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    george Penick · 09/17/2017
    log cabin ready for stain- used FLOOD UV5 about 5 yrs ago, plan to lightly wash it with diluted bleach water/rinse. You say your 1500 is best, I know the solids stain last longest, but like the semi look, so what do you suggest for a middle ground? how long can I expect yours to last in mts of western NC?
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    TWP Stains · 09/16/2017
    JC22:
    Hello, we recently re-coated our cypress log home with 101 (the is the first re-coat since stripping and applying 101 a few years back). 2 questions:

    1. I wanted a darker caramel color on this re-coat and with that on my mind I think I inadvertently put the coat on too thick -- its a bit glossy after drying and feels like there is a film built up on the log. What, if anything, should be done about this?

    2. The color did darken slightly, but came out very orange. It looks OK, but in the future we would like to re-coat with 120 to try to knock down the orange and bring out some brown. In light of this thick coat i just put on, how long might i have to wait to put to on the pecan? Several years again or could i get away with it sooner to get it more towards the color we want.

    Thanks!

    1. Leave it alone at this point. You will have to strip and remove when you redo in the future.
    2. You can redo when you want but as I mentioned, the previous coating will need to come off due to over application. Use this:
    https://www.twpstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper-brightener-kit-detail
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    JC22 · 09/15/2017
    Hello, we recently re-coated our cypress log home with 101 (the is the first re-coat since stripping and applying 101 a few years back). 2 questions:

    1. I wanted a darker caramel color on this re-coat and with that on my mind I think I inadvertently put the coat on too thick -- its a bit glossy after drying and feels like there is a film built up on the log. What, if anything, should be done about this?

    2. The color did darken slightly, but came out very orange. It looks OK, but in the future we would like to re-coat with 120 to try to knock down the orange and bring out some brown. In light of this thick coat i just put on, how long might i have to wait to put to on the pecan? Several years again or could i get away with it sooner to get it more towards the color we want.

    Thanks!
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    TWP Stains · 07/18/2017
    Charlotte Sweet:
    I am getting ready to re-stain my log cabin and while looking to order the same twp stain as use originally 7 years ago I am also looking for if possible a caulk that could be used prior to staining the cabin that would then take on the stain. If not then I will have to look at a matching caulk to use in filling in areas where the logs have shrunk and need to be filled in.
    Thanks

    You will need a matching caulk as the TWP will not "stain" caulk to blend.
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    Charlotte Sweet · 07/18/2017
    I am getting ready to re-stain my log cabin and while looking to order the same twp stain as use originally 7 years ago I am also looking for if possible a caulk that could be used prior to staining the cabin that would then take on the stain. If not then I will have to look at a matching caulk to use in filling in areas where the logs have shrunk and need to be filled in.
    Thanks
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    TWP Stains · 07/10/2017
    Walter DeWolf:
    Once upon a time (fifteen years ago), I lived in a log home. Every few years I would treat the exterior with an oil-based, non-hardening stain. It came in a 5-gal bucket to which I would add a quart (I think) of pigment. After applying the stain, the oils would soak in leaving the pigment on the surface. For a period of time following application, if you accidentally brushed up against the house, some of the pigment would come off on your clothes/body. I don't remember the brand name of the stain. Is yours something like that? I recently installed a post and board fence on my property and was thinking that something like what I used on the log home might be good to use. What do you think? Thank you.

    Our stain soaks in and cures fully so there is no rub off.
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    Walter DeWolf · 07/10/2017
    Once upon a time (fifteen years ago), I lived in a log home. Every few years I would treat the exterior with an oil-based, non-hardening stain. It came in a 5-gal bucket to which I would add a quart (I think) of pigment. After applying the stain, the oils would soak in leaving the pigment on the surface. For a period of time following application, if you accidentally brushed up against the house, some of the pigment would come off on your clothes/body. I don't remember the brand name of the stain. Is yours something like that? I recently installed a post and board fence on my property and was thinking that something like what I used on the log home might be good to use. What do you think? Thank you.
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    TWP Stains · 10/13/2016
    Joyce McClain:
    We own a 2-year old oak log home, built by Gastineau Log Homes, New Bloomfield, MO. As per instructions by Gastineau, the exterior logs were stained and sealed (first 2 poorly applied coats in late 2013 - possibly sprayed on) TWP 101 Cedar Tone. Because of the poor coverage, in the fall of 2014, we hired a painting contractor that we have used for decades, who brushed on TWP 101 CedarTone on the exterior -- cabin looked fabulous! The cabin in on our farm property, all grassland on the acreage surrounding the cabin. The porch floors, and exterior logs need an additional coat. I am considering moving to the 1500 series - I am not convinced that TWP 101 is giving us the best coverage. Your suggestion would be appreciated. Is there a sealant that does not include a stain for the north and south walls where the color is still good - south and west walls need the stain and sealant in my opinion. A reply by phone would be GREAT! 636-441-0121

    You cannot add a clear sealer over the tinted 101 Cedartone stain. If you want to try the 1500 Series, look at the 1530 natural as it is the closest in color to the 101. Make sure that you clean and prep first.
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    Joyce McClain · 10/13/2016
    We own a 2-year old oak log home, built by Gastineau Log Homes, New Bloomfield, MO. As per instructions by Gastineau, the exterior logs were stained and sealed (first 2 poorly applied coats in late 2013 - possibly sprayed on) TWP 101 Cedar Tone. Because of the poor coverage, in the fall of 2014, we hired a painting contractor that we have used for decades, who brushed on TWP 101 CedarTone on the exterior -- cabin looked fabulous! The cabin in on our farm property, all grassland on the acreage surrounding the cabin. The porch floors, and exterior logs need an additional coat. I am considering moving to the 1500 series - I am not convinced that TWP 101 is giving us the best coverage. Your suggestion would be appreciated. Is there a sealant that does not include a stain for the north and south walls where the color is still good - south and west walls need the stain and sealant in my opinion. A reply by phone would be GREAT! 636-441-0121
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    TWP Stains · 08/22/2016
    PollyVan:
    Which chinking products are recommended for use with oil based stains like TWP? Is Perma Chink ok to use?

    It would be best to ask the company that makes the chinking to be sure it works with oil based stains.
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    PollyVan · 08/22/2016
    Which chinking products are recommended for use with oil based stains like TWP? Is Perma Chink ok to use?
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    TWP Stains · 08/22/2016
    AndyL:
    I an sanding the varnish off my 90 year old cabin and intend to use TWP 1500 to treat the logs. What chinking product can I use that is compatible with TWP?

    Any chinking that is compatible with oil based stains like TWP should work.
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    AndyL · 08/21/2016
    I an sanding the varnish off my 90 year old cabin and intend to use TWP 1500 to treat the logs. What chinking product can I use that is compatible with TWP?
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    TWP Stains · 07/16/2016
    Ray Raines:
    I bought a log cabin a few years ago and now it needs to be restrained. It was stained with twp 301. I read that lightly sanding before pressure washing was the best way to prep. Do you agree?

    No need to sand. Pressure wash using the Gemini Restore kit.
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    Ray Raines · 07/15/2016
    I bought a log cabin a few years ago and now it needs to be restrained. It was stained with twp 301. I read that lightly sanding before pressure washing was the best way to prep. Do you agree?
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    TWP Stains · 07/15/2016
    Stephen Relien:
    I have some mold where water hit some logs since I painted last -- do you have a product that will remove the stains, or should I just paint over them?

    The Gemini Restore Kit will help to prep the wood and remove any mold.
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    Stephen Relien · 07/14/2016
    I have some mold where water hit some logs since I painted last -- do you have a product that will remove the stains, or should I just paint over them?
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    TWP Stains · 03/21/2016
    Harold Oliver:
    Could help me estimate the amount of stain to order.
    1. 2400 sq ft of milled logs for cabin walls.
    Constructed last summer this will be the initial staining.
    2. 2100 sq ft of exterior wood plywood siding used for shutters, facia, eaves etc.
    3. 100 ft of 3 ft high deck rails plus 125 ft of logs used for supports etc. on deck.
    I will be spraying but have not obtained the equipment yet. Although brushing the deck railing is an option.

    Sounds like you have about 5000 sq. feet total. You will need about 25-30 gallons for 1 coat. You will also need to prep all wood first. Using the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing is the beast way to prep. You would need about 5-6 of the kits.
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    Harold Oliver · 03/21/2016
    Could help me estimate the amount of stain to order.
    1. 2400 sq ft of milled logs for cabin walls.
    Constructed last summer this will be the initial staining.
    2. 2100 sq ft of exterior wood plywood siding used for shutters, facia, eaves etc.
    3. 100 ft of 3 ft high deck rails plus 125 ft of logs used for supports etc. on deck.
    I will be spraying but have not obtained the equipment yet. Although brushing the deck railing is an option.