Which Log Cabin Stain Should I Choose?

Help is here! We'll help you discover the right stain for your project, get you going with samples, and keep that project plan in motion.

 

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But First...Which Stain Is Best? 

Let's get educated! Every stain type (oil-based, water-based, hybrid) has pros and cons. We partnered with Log Home Living magazine to present an in-depth webinar all about the different stains types and where each one performs best. Click below to watch today.

 

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Choose Your Project Type

Building brand new from the ground up? Restoring an older cabin in need of some TLC? Doing routine maintenance? Choose your adventure below.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

RESTORATION

MAINTENANCE

New Construction

Congratulations on your new log home! Don't get caught up in the color choice spin cycle. Check out these products, request samples, and avoid the dizziness.

Capture® & Cascade®

Log Stain System

Water-based log home finish and stain

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  • Available in 11 different colors
  • Semi-transparent finish in semi-gloss or matte sheen highlights the beauty of your logs and wood
  • Highly elastic: moves with your logs when they move for superior durability
  • Water-based for easy application & cleanup
  • Easy to maintain with Cascade clear top coat
  • Interior/exterior use

 

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Transformation Log & Timber Stain®

Log Home & Cabin Stain

Exterior oil-based stain

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  • Available in 11 colors
  • Beautiful semi-transparent glossy finish highlights wood grain
  • Flexible oils move with your logs for excellent durability
  • Helps prevent UV and water damange
  • Longer working time to prevent lap marks during application
  • Perfect on exterior vertical woodwork like logs & timbers, siding & trim, spindles & railings, and porch roofs

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Symphony®

Interior Clear Log and Wood Finish

Water-based interior clear finish coat

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  • Available in Gloss or Satin sheen (or mix them to get somewhere in between!)
  • Water-based for easy application and cleanup
  • Hard enough to handle everyday wear and tear, elastic enough to move with your logs and wood
  • Use with Colorfast to prevent unsightly yellowing of interior wood
  • Creates easy-to-clean surface

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Wanna Get it Right the First Time?

Download Sashco’s complete guide to log home finishing and maintenance, Keeping the Dream Alive, to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to get things done right and avoid costly mistakes (and headaches).

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So... Can I Get Away With Maintenance or Do I Need Restoration?

There's a few things to consider...

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Maintenance

High five for keeping up on maintenance!
If Sashco products are already on your home, view our guide for helpful how-to-maintain details. 

 

HOW TO MAINTAIN

 

Not Sashco stain on your home? Stick with what you already have on there if it's good shape. If not, you need Restoration (scroll to the next section of the page for recommendations for restoration).

Capture® & Cascade®

Log Stain & System

Water-based log home finish and stain

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Renew your cabin's protection from sun and moisture. Time for a routine wash with CPR® Log Cleaner and Brightener and a fresh coat of Cascade clear top coat. Click below for detailed maintenance instructions.

 

HOW TO MAINTAIN

Transformation Stain®

Log & Timber

Oil-based log cabin stain

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When the gloss has worn some and you need to refresh the color, time for another coat! Wash with CPR Log Cleaner and Brightener, then apply another coat. Click below for detailed maintenance instructions for Transformation Log & Timber Stain.

 

HOW TO MAINTAIN

Transformation Stain®

Siding & Trim

Oil-in-water hybrid wood siding, trim & deck stain (formerly High Sierra Stain)

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When your home starts to look a little dull or the surface looks dry, time for a cleaning with CPR Log Cleaner & Brightener, along with a fresh coat of Transformation Siding & Trim. Click below for details maintenance instructions.

 

HOW TO MAINTAIN

Restoration

We're here to help you restore that dreamy look to your log cabin and make the neighbors jealous again.

Transformation Stain®

Log & Timber

Oil-Based Log Home & Cabin Stain

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  • Available in 11 different colors
  • No surprises: Use this when you don't know what stain or finish has been used previously
  • Beautiful semi-transparent glossy finish brings life back to your logs
  • Flexible oils move with your logs for excellent durability
  • Longer working time to prevent lap marks during application

 

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Capture® & Cascade®

Log Stain & System

Water-based log home finish and stain

B008BOWL2W.PT03

 

  • Available in 11 different colors
  • When you know, you know: use when switching from another water-based or compatible stain. (Ask us for details.)
  • Semi-transparent finish in semi-gloss or matte sheen showcases the beauty of your logs and wood
  • Highly elastic: moves with your logs when they move for superior durability
  • Water-based for easy application & cleanup
  • Easy to maintain with Cascade clear top coat

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Before You Get Started - Get Educated

Download Restoring the Dream, Sashco’s guide to log home restoration. It will arm you with the education and confidence you need to restore your log home.

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Decide which stain you want? 

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Need Project Advice?

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Or download one of our helpful guides:

For New Construction

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For Restoration & Maintenance

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