How to Prepare to Stain Log Siding Homes

What You'll Need
Wood cleaner
Power washer
Caulking gun
Putty knife

Stained log siding homes require a fair amount of effort to maintain their exterior beauty. You will need to re-stain the log siding about every three years, depending on the amount of sun exposure it gets. There is some necessary preparation required before you stain log siding.

Step 1 – Clean the Log Siding

Purchase a wood cleaning product from your local hardware store. Speak with a professional about your plans to prepare your log siding for paint. Be sure to read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the wood cleaner before you use it. Following the instructions provided, apply the cleaner to the log siding with a sponge.

Step 2 – Power Washing the Log Siding

Use a power washer to rinse the wood cleaner from the log siding and to remove any stubborn residue. Be sure to use long, even strokes while you work. Do not leave the nozzle in one spot for any length of time, and do not use too much water pressure, as this can create indentations in the log surface.

Step 3 – Filling Any Gaps

Use caulking to fill any gaps in the siding. Insert the tube of caulking into the caulking gun, and apply the material into the gaps. Use your finger to press the caulking into the space. Allow the caulking enough time to set before you begin to apply any stain to the siding.