Maintenance Guide – Treatment

Maintenance Guide Dunster House

Maintenance Guide Dunster House

Dunster House’s log cabins are supplied untreated for you to decorate and finish in accordance with your taste and style. We strongly advise that you treat your log cabin as soon as you construct it and continue to treat it regularly to strengthen it against varying weather conditions. If left untreated, your log cabin will deteriorate. Our range of treatments can be found on the same page as your chosen log cabin when ordering or within our extras category after you’ve ordered.

Before you start, use masking tape to protect windows and hinges and protect the base around your log cabin with ground sheets. Remove the door.

When applying the treatment, start at the top of each panel and do one panel at a time. Wait for each panel to dry before coating them a second time.When the panels are dry, remove the masking tape and sheets.

If you’re treating your log cabin during winter, make sure that the building is completely dry before you begin. Check the weather forecast and time this part of the maintenance so that it coincides with dry weather.

Choosing the correct treatment

There are a number of different types of stain-based treatments that you can choose for your log cabin. Below is a list detailing the properties of each, to help you make your choice.

Water-based treatments

are commonly used as a base coat and therefore they shouldn’t be used as a top coat. Water-based treatments can be applied to the wood through painting, spraying, or dipping the shed panels into a bath full of stain.

Solvent- and spirit-based treatments

are a step up from water-based ones; they provide more protection than water-based solutions and are also easy to apply. However, it’s safer to paint or spray the treatment onto the wood rather than dipping it. When using this solution, your log cabin should be re-treated four weeks after the initial application, and every two or three years subsequently, depending on weather conditions.

Oil-based treatments

soak into the timber to provide thorough protection, yet leaving a certain amount of ‘give’ so your log cabin can still expand, contract, and settle naturally. Oil-based stains are also more durable. They only need a touch up every 4-5 years. However, any sides of the log cabin that are particularly vulnerable to weather should be re-treated more frequently.


involves placing the timber in a sealed vat. The treatment is pressure-soaked deep into the wood. Giving it a more thorough application than through painting, spraying, or even dipping. Pressure-treating also allows for protection against fungal and insect attacks. However, to get the best protection possible, pressure treated wood still requires an additional water repellent solution to protect it against rotting.


Please note at Dunster House we pressure treat our products, and sell solvent based treatments as optional extras.

October 21, 2013

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