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Log Cabin Paint

Log Cabin Paint

So, your Log Cabin is complete and you’re wrapping up on the finishing touches. Whilst treatment is crucial for the longevity of your cabin, and our cabin’s are sure to stand out on their own, maybe you want to spruce yours up a bit more. In this post, we’ll discover the wonders of Log Cabin Paint. From popular colour ideas, to answering some of your frequent questions, you’ll be ready to add a new splash of vibrance!

About Log Cabin Paint

Painting your Log Cabin isn’t just a case of picking up a random can and dousing the walls in regular paint. Log Cabin paint is a specialised type of coating designed specifically for use on log cabins and other wooden structures. Unlike regular paint, which forms a solid film over the surface it covers, log cabin paint is formulated to penetrate deeply into the wood, providing protection while still allowing the natural texture and grain of the wood to show through.

Let’s note some key features and benefits:

  • Properties: Log cabin paint penetrates deeply into the wood fibers, rather than forming a surface film like regular paint. This provides long-lasting protection to your cabins.
  • Breathability: Because log cabin paint penetrates the wood rather than forming a surface film, it allows the wood to “breathe.” This means that moisture that may become trapped within the wood can still escape, helping to prevent rot and decay.
  • UV Protection: Many log cabin paints contain additives that provide protection against the damaging effects of UV radiation from the sun. This helps to prevent the wood from fading, cracking, or becoming discolored over time.

Colour, Colour, Colour!

The great thing about paint over traditional stain is the abundance of colour available. I truly love seeing the rainbow of colours I’ve seen Tuin’s cabins in (though I am partially colour-blind…). When choosing the right colour to paint your Log Cabin, consider the natural surroundings, architectural style, and personal preferences.

At Tuin, we offer a variety of different colour options thanks to our range Embalan Timber Paint. From natural to warm to cool to bold tones, we are sure to have a colour for your cabin.

Staining Your Log Cabin

Alternatively, another painting option for your cabin is a natural looking Timber Stain. This product is much more low-maintenance and ideal if you want a natural finish. Unlike paint, timber stain shows the wood markings through a lot more clearly.

Below are the natural log cabin colours we have available in the form of our Embadecor Timber Stain:

Painted Log Cabin Inspiration & Tips

With your choice of Paint or Stain made, let’s get painting! When painting the exterior of your log cabin, there are several tips to keep in mind, ensuring a successful and long-lasting finish:

  • Prepare the Surface: Properly prepare the surface by cleaning it thoroughly to remove dirt, debris, and any existing finishes. Sand down rough areas. Make sure to check for Cracks and Splits in the timber.
  • Test the Color: Before applying the paint or stain to the entire cabin, test it on a small inconspicuous area to ensure it’s the desired color and finish.
  • Use the Right Tools: Invest in high-quality brushes, rollers, or sprayers designed for exterior painting or staining. Brushes are typically best for applying paint or stain surfaces due to their ability to work into the wood grain effectively.
  • Apply Thin Coats: Apply thin, even coats of paint or stain to achieve the best results. Multiple thin coats provide better coverage and adhesion than one thick coat, and they allow the wood to breathe and Expand/Contract naturally.
  • Maintain Regularly: Regular maintenance is essential to prolong your cabin’s lifespan. Inspect the exterior annually for any signs of wear or damage, and touch up any areas as needed to prevent water penetration and wood rot.

Now, let’s take a look at some finished cabins to get you inspired. Here are just a handful of colourful Log Cabins belonging to our happy customers:

Before we wrap up, let’s answer some frequently asked questions around this topic.

FAQs

Log Cabin Paint FAQs

What kind of paint do you use on a log cabin?

The best choice is exterior wood paint or stain that is specifically formulated for outdoor use and provides protection against the elements. These often contain ingredients that help to prevent moisture absorption, resist fading from UV rays, and inhibit mold and mildew growth.

Is it better to paint or stain a log cabin?

If you want a more natural look with lower maintenance, then staining your cabin is a good choice. However, if you want more protection, colour options and longevity, you’ll want to use paint.

Can you paint an old log cabin?

Yes, you can paint an old Log Cabin, but extra care must be taken when preparing the surfaces beforehand.


We hope you found this post insightful. With this knowledge, you’re ready to paint your Log Cabin with confidence.

For more useful articles, check out our Log Cabin Treatment Blog

If you need more visual inspiration, read about Cosy Log Cabin Interior

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