the ultimate guide to painting your log cabin

Choosing the right paint for a log cabin from scratch can be a daunting task – so we have prepared the following guide to set you on the right path for a long lasting, beautiful finish on your log cabin that will stand the test of time!

We offer complete solutions and kits to paint your log cabin available for collection in-store and delivery nationwide in our log cabin paint section here.

painting the exterior of your cabin

If your cabin has been exposed to the elements for a number of weeks, start by making sure it is well prepared for painting or staining by using a good quality fungicidal solution or algae remover suitable for exterior wood.

Ensure your log cabin timber is allowed to FULLY dry – this is very important! A few hours is not enough time for exterior timber to fully dry. Ideally at least a few dry, warm days will allow the timber to dry and any moisture to be released from the timber. Not allowing adequate drying time may cause your paint system to fail and possibly crack or blister down the line due to moisture pushing the paint from the surface while trying to escape.

for a solid or ‘opaque’ painted look

Apply one coat of Tikkurila Valtti Primer which is a clear penetrating primer that is absorbed deep into the wood fibers, providing good protection against water absorption and reduces the risk of cracking in the wood and paint layers. Allow to dry fully according to instructions.

Apply two coats of a high quality paint to your log cabin such as Tikkurila Valtti Opaque or Fleetwood Superflex Wood Paint according to instructions.

Tikkurila Valtti Opaque solid wood finish for the exterior of your log cabin.

for a transparent woodstain look

Apply two coats of a high quality exterior woodstain such as Tikkurila Valtti Plus Color water-based exterior woodstain or Tikkurila Valtti Colour solvent-based exterior woodstain according to instructions.

Tikkurila Valtti Colour exterior woodstain for the exterior of log cabins.

painting the interior of your cabin

for a transparent woodstain look

Apply two coats of Tikkurila Supi Sauna according to instructions. Supi Sauna is designed for the surface treatment of humid interior spaces such as log cabins and saunas. It forms a dirt- and water-repellent coating. Supi Sauna contains an anti-mold agent that protects the treated interior log cabin surface.

Tikkurila Supi Sauna transparent wood finish for interior of log cabins.

for a solid or ‘opaque’ painted look

Apply two coats of Tikkurila Multi-Stop Blocking Primer according to instructions.

Apply two coats of Tikkurila Everal Aqua water-based wood paint or Helmi water-based wood paint in your chosen finish or colour.

Interior log cabin painted with a solid or ‘opaque’ look.

Enjoy your beautifully painted log cabin!