If you are lucky enough to have your own log cabin you will be all to aware of how important it is to ensure the exterior is well maintained and cared for. This can lead to a number of questions, such as ‘What is the best log cabin paint?’, ‘Can I use ordinary exterior wood paint?’ or ‘Is it better to use a wood stain on my wood cabin?’ These are all good typical questions, and we hope to help you answer these with this article. Read on for more information on how to paint and care for your log cabin.
Which Paint Should I Use?
One of the most important choices you will face is the decision of which paint, varnish or stain is best suited for your needs. Whilst you want the exterior to look as beautiful as the interior, you also need to ensure that you choose a timber paint that will protect your cabin from the elements. Rain, wind, snow, and UV rays from the sun can all cause damage to your home, however, these days with the number of options available, from waterproof paint for wood, to log cabin varnish, you no longer have to sacrifice beauty for protection.
Another decision you will need to make is if you want to use a stain or a paint. Both will offer you UV protection provided they are applied correctly. The wood stains will allow the texture of the wood to show through and many are now available in a vast range of colours, however paints will give you an even greater colour choice, but will cover the grain and texture of the wood.
Teknos Woodex Aqua Classic is a water-borne, oil-based, non-film-forming transparent wood stain for outdoor use. It protects wooden surfaces from moisture, soiling & when tinted, also protects from UV fading.
Teknos is one of Finland’s largest family owned businesses. Being a Scandinavian firm, they are experts when it comes to paints and stains for log cabins.
A decorative “high performance” woodstain with a new-generation UV filter containing a UV absorber linked to a stabiliser (anti-UV barrier). It can be applied to wood with stable dimensions, and has a matt/satin appearance.
A tough and highly durable water based paint that offers excellent colour retention against the effects of UV. Bedec Barn Paint is a perfect solution for the protection of exterior buildings such as barns, stables, outbuildings, sheds, silos, windmills, and factory units. It can be applied to previously painted surfaces – even those coated with weathered bitumen, tar varnish or creosote.
Available in a wide range of opaque paints and semi-translucent stains (Jacobean, Walnut, Dark Oak, Mahogany & Medium Oak).
Solignum Architectural Water based Opaque Wood Stain works to decorate and protect most types of timber in 2 coats. It protects against the damaging effects of sunlight and is micro porous, allowing the wood to breathe so moisture can evaporate.
This exterior wood stain is best used to decorate and protect various different kinds of wood surfaces. The paint works to protect the wood from mould growth and from the harmful effects of UV light.
Ultimate, as its name suggests, delivers the definitive durable finish without compromising looks or the environment. This is why it is proving a popular choice with architects and specifiers requiring a high performing product.
Jotun Demidekk Ultimate is formulated for durability, this technically superb exterior wood stain boasts a maintenance cycle of 12 years, while ensuring the same integrity and lustre throughout its long life.
Log Cabin Exterior Paint Colours
Ok, so you’ve chosen your paint or wood stain and are now turning your attention to the colour. The exterior of your cabin is the first thing people will see, and of course first impressions count! Below we have listed some of the most popular colours.
Exterior Wood Stain Colours
|Light Oak||Medium Oak||Clear||Oregan Pine|
Exterior Wood Paint Colours
|Country Cream||Forest Green||French Grey||Light Grey|
|Savannah||Deep Plum||Azure Blue||Jet Black|
Preparation Is Key
Whichever paint or stain you choose, correct application is vital to get the best out of the product and fully protect your cabin. Applying the paint over a dirty or wet substrate can lead to failure within the first year, leading to the process needing to be re-done much sooner than would normally be necessary. Always read the product data sheets to ensure the correct preparation and application guides are followed.
We hope that this article has helped you with choosing the best log cabin paint for your needs. Should you have any further questions please contact us and a member of our Technical Team will be happy to help.