The outer walls in a log cabin are solid logs. I had a slight leakage problem through fittings between some of them which left brown stains on the logs. The leakage problem is long gone but the stains remain. Any idea how I can remove them? If I paint over them would the stains eventually seep through?

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  • Is there a tag for the special problems that those of us with log homes have? May 21 '16 at 18:51

Had a similar problem with building a 10" round log home, some of the logs got wet. We tried everything including sandblasting to remove it.

The only solution we found was 40 grit sandpaper on a random orbital sander to really rough it up and remove 1/16" to 1/32" of wood before we switched to 120 and 200 grit to smooth it back out. Matching the stain might be tough though.


You could try Thompsons wood stripper/stain remover.You may have to do the whole wall or put a dark stain on all it to get it to all match.


Take a clean paintbrush, some water and get the wall wet again. The sooner you do that, the easier it will be to get rid of these stains.

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    Please explain how this will help to remove the stains. Thanks!
    – Niall C.
    Dec 20 '15 at 16:58

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