By Blaise Sopiwnik
Deciding weather or not to blast a log home or cabin is an important decision. Today’s hardware and box store paint/stain aisles are filled with products you could put on your log home. Many folks end up putting on what is most affordable or what the sales person recommends.
The list of reasons why some products are better than the next could boggle the most diligent home owner so if you are this person – the good news is you are not alone. The bad news is that not all products perform very well.
Blasting with glass, corn, or sand can be the answer to your problems if one of your finish choices has failed. The exterior finish on your home needs to perform several tasks aside from looking beautiful- it’s the first defense against snow, rain, wind and sun. Any breach of the elements into your logs can lead to discoloration and rot.
Some visual signs that logs need to be blasted would include pealing paint, dark blistering, dry flaky surfaces, or dull oxidized surfaces of logs. Time and again, blasting is quite often the best method of cleaning up a log home.
I invite questions from Blog readers on why I feel blasting works so well. The blasting media we use and that work well include ground glass, corn, and walnut shells. One of the most satisfying elements of blasting a home is seeing the true surface of wood cleaned after years of being covered up. It’s like unwrapping a present every time.