What is Media Blasting
media blasting log homes is an effective way to remove mold, mildew and existing stain or other finishes from your log structure. There are different types of media blasting you can use, including, corn cob and walnut to abrade the finish off the wood or logs. Each of these have pros and cons depending on the unique situation of your structure, but for most the end result is a cleaner, lighter wood surface that brightens your home’s appearance and prepares it for a fresh stain and seal that will revive your home’s beauty.
Types of Media We Use
Glass uses a very fine crushed glass with the consistency of salt
Each of these have pros and cons depending on the unique situation of your structure, but for most the end result is a cleaner, lighter wood surface that brightens your home’s appearance and prepares it for a fresh stain and seal that will revive your home’s beauty.
Media versus Chemical Stripping
Crushed glass blasting replaces the need to use toxic chemicals, and it is a natural deodorizer for restoration on wood, almost eliminating odor from lichen, mould and algae.
The media we use for restoration is 100% silica-free and natural dissipates into the environment in the same way that sand is applied to grass for improved drainage. Residential dust is immediately washed away with the first rain. MSDS sheets about the silica-media we use are available upon request.
The log home restoration process:
The first thing we do when we get on-site is we prep the area removing down-spouts, electrical plates, etc. more»
We begin the blasting process with a silica-free crushed glass non-organic material. more»
After the all the wood is blasted clean we then give the house a blow-down. more»
After the blowdown we then apply 1-2 coats of a product called Penetreat which is a Borax powder mixed with water then sprayed on the logs and siding. This step prevents rot and insect infestation. more»
In addition to restoring log homes we also re-stain them to protect them from our west coast weather. Some customers would prefer to have our crew take care of the whole project. So if the customer desires, once the third step is complete a full day later we start the staining process applying 2 to three coats of the customers’ choice. more
Frequesntly Asked Questions
Will my house leak and will dust come inside?
Most likely yes, to some degree. When blasting, the velocity of air outside is equivalent to that of a hurricane so if you think a little bit of wind might come through your house in a hurricane, then a little will come in during sandblasting. We monitor this while blasting and if a significant amount is coming in, we drape the interior walls to keep the dust from getting on horizontal surfaces. It is not possible to promise a completely dust-free process, but it is possible to minimize it. Edmunds & Company takes the time to do just that.
Where does the material go after it hits the wall?
We take great pride in being a “clean” company. Our customers frequently comment on how our crews take the time to clean up carefully throughout the job.
We lay tarps down around the house to catch the blasting media and the old paint or stain that is being removed. This material is then collected from the tarps and properly disposed of. About 10% of the material falls in the surrounding area off the tarps. This extra will either be swept up or will wash away in the first couple of rains after the job is completed.
What will the texture of my logs be like after the sandblasting process?
Edmunds & Company has a dedicated crew that is experienced in the sandblasting and cob blasting technique. We do out best to leave the surface of the logs as smooth as possible, leaving very little of the old finish on the logs. At times the grain of the wood gets raised slightly and the logs are a bit rougher than before. In some cases, it may be necessary to sand or scrub the logs to smooth out the surface but most projects don’t require any sanding after the blasting is complete.
When do i get to pick the stain for my logs?
Sometimes this decision is made prior to starting the project after a discussion of what the options are. Edmunds & Company works closely with the customer to find out what they prefer in terms of the new look for their logs. Different samples and colors of stain are applied to the freshly blasted logs, which allows the customer to make a more informed decision. Once a stain color is chosen, we blast the samples off the building and the new stain is applied using a sprayer and then back-brushing.