Question: I am refinishing my log home this spring. I have stripped the logs down to bare wood again and I have heard about using borates on the bare wood before staining. Is this is a necessary part of the refinishing process?
Answer: Yes……. borates are a good assurance against rot. They have been around for years and should always be part of the process of finishing when the logs are raw. Borates work by penetrating into the surface of the wood and treating the log against insects but more importantly – against decay. Borates actually raises the pH level of the moisture latent in the wood to the point that the rot organism and consequently, insects are both impeded. By doing this treatment, the logs are better protected against future rot and decay.