Tuin Log Cabin Treatments

This post will explain the Log Cabin Treatments we offer, but in other posts I talk about the importance of a good quality treatment which is correctly applied in regards to Log Cabins and what happens if it is not done well with the best products or not done at all, these posts are here:

In these posts I gave general advice on treatment but did not specifically or simply talk about our own treatments and what we recommend if you choose to use them. I have had a few comments on the posts regarding this so will now answer this in relation to our own Tuin Timber Treatments and how to use them with your log cabin.

Timber Treatment Types

We have six types of treatment for your log cabin:

Factory Treatment Options

Spray Painted – Undercoat only:

This is ordered at the same time as you order your log cabin, it is an undercoat service only and provides two coats of spray paint, it is best to choose a colour that will compliment your final two top coats after installation. Ideally you will use two coats of Embalan Timber Paint for the two top coats.

Using this service will save you time and also give you some confidence it is protected from the elements straightaway. I do though find this quite expensive and do not always recommend this service as it can delay your log cabin delivery for up to 8 weeks.

This is our Flow Log Cabin and pre spray painted in Grey

Immersion Treatment:

The second of the two factory options of treatment, this, like the spray treatment will also need two further coats of additional treatment once it is installed. This treatment is where the entire log cabin and all its parts are put into a vat of rot proof treatment and allowed to soak for hours. This then allows the wood to absorb the rot proof treatment. It is then separated and allowed to dry naturally. Like the spray treatment this will extend your delivery by several weeks.

Personally I do not really like this treatment in anything other than a Log Cabin Gazebo or a Log Cabin style Garage as everything is treated and in brown, green or silver grey it can make the building very dark inside.

Remember that this is only a rot proof treatment, two further coats of treatment will be needed for it to be protected from the weather and to prevent it absorbing water thereby creating water marks and wild expansion and contraction in the log cabin due to the moisture content in the wood.

The perfect treatment on top of this from our ranges is the Carefree Protectant Timber Treatment. Two coats, well applied, are required for full protection.

An immersion treated cabin in green being installed – I like immersion treatment for Gazebos such as this, I’m not so keen on a full building as it makes it very dark inside.

Log Cabin Treatment Options – Self Applied:

Carefree Protectant Treatment:

This is now the very best selling treatment we offer, it is state of the art and is a simply amazing product, please see the Carefree Protect Timber Treatment page for all the details. I thoroughly recommend this and have been using it on everything from a log cabin to hardwood furniture.

Ideally this is used on it’s own (other than the immersion treatment), no base coats of preservative are required or any other product. For full protection for years we recommend three – four, well applied coats.

It is available in a number of colours and all finishes are slightly satin, the clear is VERY clear which people love. It is expensive but I think it is worth the cost. If you love the wood colour and want it to shine the Clear Carefree is Amazing!

I would not recommend using any other product with this or painting anything on top of it other than more of the Carefree treatment when re-application is needed. Saying that, I am told that you can paint on top with anything but i personally cannot recommend it having not done it myself. I also cannot see any point in this as this is a great treatment on its own.

Carefree timber treatment, 3 – 4 coats are required. These logs are an ongoing experiment of mine from January 2016 showing the effect of different layers.

Embadecor Timber Treatment:

Embadecor Timber Stain can be used on its own if you require a stained coloured finish. Like Carefree no other treatment or preservative is required. Again like all good treatment you will need to apply three – four coats if you are using it on it’s own. Lots of colours of stains are available, please see more details on the Embadecor Timber Stain page. Embadecor treatment should be used as an undercoat for the Embalan Timber Paint.

If you like the stained look whereby there is a colour but with the grain of the wood coming through then I recommend this stain highly (still not as highly as the carefree though)

Embadecor timber stain, 3 – 4 coats are required. These logs are an ongoing experiment of mine from January 2016 showing the effect of different layers of the stain.

Embalan Timber Paint:

This is a very high quality paint in solid colours, it gives great coverage and is available in several colours. This is on par with what I consider to be the best UK paint – Sikkens. To use this successfully it is recommended at least one – two coats of Embadecor timber stain (clear) as the undercoat. Further details of this paint can be found on the Embalan Timber Paint page.

Embalan timber paint, 3 – 4 coats are required if used on its own. These logs are an ongoing experiment of mine from January 2016 showing the effect of different layers of the paint. If you use an undercoat of 2 coats of clear Embadecor stain then two top coats are required of the Embalan paint.

Impregnation Fluid:

If you have a hot tub, a jacuzzi, a freezer or fridge in your log cabin or even if it is being shut up for a long time then it is a good idea to protect the inside of the cabin. The impregnation fluid is excellent for doing this, it is clear and goes on like water and will inhibit the formation of damp spores and guard against fungi / mosses forming. You can paint / stain over this as required. This is only a rot proof treatment and does not guard against the weather. This is also an excellent treatment for timber that is already suffering from not receiving any treatment at all to kill any bugs that may be present before applying a proper treatment outside.

Carefree Timber Cleaner:

I will come back to this as I’m still experimenting with the product. Suffice to say this is a 17 years old building that has NEVER received any treatment at all as an experiment. Now I am looking at how to clean and refurbish it. This was using the new product and took literally a few minutes to achieve. Guess which bit we treated with the timber cleaner?

Picture taken of a 17 years old log cabin which has never ever received any treatment or love in its life. A liberal spray of Carefree Timber Cleaner is doing just that.

A quick test ….. more to come in a blog post and product launch.

Log Cabin Treatment Summary

I’ll give a quick run through of my recommendations and combinations of treatments using Tuindeco range to sum up.

  • Spray undercoat – TWO further coats of treatment will be required using Embalan timber Paint.
  • Immersion Treatment – TWO further coats of treatment will be required, these can either be Embadecor Stain or Carefree Protect. I would not recommend the Embalan paint without applying two undercoats of the stain first.
  • Carefree – Only use this on it’s own, nothing else is required, 3 – 4 coats is perfect for 100% protection. No undercoats or topcoats are needed. Just use Carefree and nothing else.
  • Embadecor Stain – 3 – 4 coats gives 100% protection, nothing else is needed. lightly sand between coats.
  • Embalan Paint – 3 – 4 coats is good and can be done so without an undercoat if you wish. BUT, for best results use at least one coat of clear Embadecor stain as an undercoat. For the perfect solution use two coats of clear stain followed by two coats of paint.
  • Impregnation Fluid – Ideally use inside when damp conditions persist – one – two coats.

For my other posts on the treatment of your log cabin timber please see the posts below:

10 thoughts on “Tuin Log Cabin Treatments

  1. Hi I’m awaiting the arrival of my Justine log cabin a few questions I have
    Is it worth painting the roof before I put insulation boards on to give it protection?
    And to confirm 40mm insulation boards straight on top of roof then shingle roof tiles using longer clout nails ?
    Thanks Mr K

    • I don’t think there is a need to paint the roof boards, they will be covered by the insulation and then the roof tiles. It is though important to treat the room trim and bargeboards both sides as these are exposed.

  2. Hi Richard

    Love all your blogs, they have really helped me build my corner cabin.

    I bought a couple of tins of Carefree protectant and the impregnation fluid with my cabin but I do want to paint it a colour eventually (when I decide).

    Can I use the coats of carefree as my undercoat for the embalan paint?

    Should I use the carefree on top of the impregnation fluid inside?

    I will probably paint the inside too, I like the pictures of others painted white. Should I use the embalan paint on the inside too?

    Thanks very much

    • The impregnation fluid is really good as a base coat, inside and outside. I wouldn’t use the carefree as an undercoat for anything other than carefree. If you’re using Embalan you really need undercoats of Embadecor.

      It’s always a good idea to paint the inside as well, at the very least the windows and doors should be treated with something good inside and outside.

      If you choose to use solid colours it’s also a good idea to use a knotting agent as you would when painting any bare wood.

  3. Hello,

    With reference to the carefree protestant, would it be okay to use the clear treatment as a base coat and then paint the cabin with a different type of paint which I have had colour matched?
    I would have used the black paint but you are currently out of stock of the 2.5 litre tins and to buy lots of 1 litre tins would prove quite expensive.

    Thank you

  4. Hi,

    Have just built a Paiva Log Cabin and very pleased with it. Have managed to purchase some Sadolin Extra Durable Woodstain. Would you recommend using Sadolin Classic as protection first and if so how many coats of each?

    • Good morning,

      We can’t actually talk on behalf of Sadolin on how to use their treatment. We recommend to follow the manufacturers guidelines to a T. It should say on the tin or information sheet if you will need an undercoat or not.

      Hope this helps!
      – Meg

  5. Hi, great blog posts across the site! I’m just swotting up as I’m awaiting delivery of my lory cabin. Can I ask what other brands of exterior wood paint you would recommend as i’m looking for a colour not offered by your preferred brand? Also i’ve splashed out and gone for the thicker 27mm interior floor as I was unable to find similar quality for the same price at my local builder’s merchant. Please can you recommend a product to seal and finish the floor? Thanks

    • Hi Lucy,

      We recommend brands such as Sikkens, Sadolin, Kingfisher – They are on the pricy side however treatment is a case of you get what you pay for.

      I hope these brands have the colour you’re looking for!
      – Meg

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