Peeling paint on log homes is an issue that can cause log decay and rot. Logs that have been painted are particularly susceptible to problems because paint is a coating and not a stain.
Paint sits on the surface of wood and seals it. Stain, on the other hand, soaks into wood and protects it by becoming part of the wood itself.
Logs tend to have cracks and defects in the wood grain, making the paint seal imperfect. This is why we see paint as a way for moisture to migrate but only ONE WAY- into the wood and not back out!
That’s a problem. Moisture is allowed into the wood via cracks and joints that could not be painted, and then it gets trapped. Trapped moisture makes paint peel, for one, but it also causes the wood to rot underneath the paint.
Bottom line – paint is a problem.
If your log home or cabin has been painted, consider having it removed and then stained instead. This is the kind of restoration work we have been doing since 1978. Learn more about blasting off paint or failing finish.
We can help. Call 715-373-5744.