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How To Restore Holes In Log Walls

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Log homes are always susceptible to termite and water damage. Both the inside and outside walls of a log home can get damaged in many ways. You can easily patch most small chips in your logs if you have the right tools and supplies. The hardest part is making sure the patched area looks natural. This article explains a great way to patch small holes in your log walls.

Hiding the Patch

It is important that you use the right type of wood filler or patch when you are repairing natural log surfaces. Make sure that the filler is designated as "paintable" or "stainable." Look for those words on the actual can. The log surface has grains and knots that you want to try to replicate.

First, make sure you have the right stain to match the log. This does not mean that you need to use the same stain that was originally applied to the logs. The stain on the outside can fade due to normal sun and rain exposure. This means that when reapplying the same stain, years later, it will not match. It will probably be too dark and the patch will stick out like a sore thumb. Get a few samples and test them on your wall in a discreet area to figure out which stain will match the best.

Also, find a super dark stain pen. This pen color should match the tone of the darker grains inside the wood. Once you have the right stain supplies, you can patch the log.

Make sure you patch the logs with paintable putty. Patch and sand the log so the texture looks to be relatively similar. You don't want a super smooth patch in the middle of a rough log, so take care to make them match.

Replicating the Log Grains

Using the dark stain pen, you will basically draw on your own grains and knots after the putty dries. Just make it look random and don't try to be an artist. It does not need to be perfect. It is just a simple disguise. After you draw with the dark stain, you will want to stain over the entire patch. Apply the stain with a soaked rag instead of paint brushes.

In the end, this project will take a little bit of patience. However, if you take your time and use the right products, you can end up with a patch that is virtually invisible.

For more information, contact a log home repair company like Joe Pine Builders Inc.