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Repair Small Holes In Your Log Cabin's Exterior And Apply Wood Sealer

If there are a couple, small holes in one of the untreated logs that makes up your vacation cabin's exterior, the following steps will teach you how to fill them so that the damage does not become worse. Once the repair has been made, clean the cabin's exterior and apply a coat of wood sealer to it to protect the logs from additional damage.


  • sandpaper (low and fine grit)
  • electric sander
  • tack cloth
  • tube of wood filler
  • caulk gun
  • putty knife
  • ladder
  • water hose
  • long-handled scrub brush
  • bucket of soapy water
  • tarps
  • wood sealer
  • paint tray
  • paint roller
  • roller handle and frame
  • paintbrush

Sand Damaged Areas And Apply Wood Filler

Sand around each hole to remove any rough spots. Begin with a piece of low grit sandpaper. Move an electric sander firmly over the wood. Once it feels smooth, lightly sand the same areas with a piece of fine grit paper. Remove any residue on the wood with a tack cloth. Secure a tube of wood filler to a caulk gun. Place the tip of the tool in each hole and squeeze the trigger until they are all full. Use a putty knife to wipe away any excess filler. Wait for the wood filler to harden.

Clean The Cabin's Exterior And Add A Coat Of Sealer

Spray the log cabin's exterior with a steady stream of water. Climb a ladder while spraying the top portion of the cabin. Use a scrub brush and soapy water to eliminate any surface stains on the logs. Wait for the exterior to dry completely. Place tarps on the ground, next to the cabin. Pour a can of wood sealer into a paint tray. Apply the wood sealer to each log with a paint roller, beginning at the top of the cabin and working your way downwards. Apply the sealer from side to side, adding it as evenly as possible.

Use a paintbrush to cover any crevices in the wood that are difficult to reach. Wait several hours for the sealer to dry. Once this occurs, the logs that your vacation cabin is made out of will not rot or be susceptible to damage when they are exposed to moisture. The sealer will provide protection throughout each season and will last for several years. If the sealer begins wearing off in the future, clean the logs and apply a new coat of sealer in order to keep the cabin protected from damage. For more information about log home repair, check out this website.