Media Blasting for Log Home Restoration

Restoring the beauty of your log home or log cabin is a passion we share here at River to River Log Homes. We know that over time, exposure to the elements can take a toll on the exterior of your beloved wooden sanctuary. That’s why we want to talk about an effective method for reviving your log home’s appearance: Media Blasting.

Media Blasting for Log Home Restoration

Log Home Restoration

Media Blasting is a powerful technique for rejuvenating the wood of your log home. It involves propelling fine particles, such as ground glass or ground corn cob, at high speeds onto the surface of the logs. This process effectively removes old finishes, dirt, mold, mildew, and damaged wood fibers, leaving your logs clean and ready for a fresh start.

Why Media Blasting Works

Male worker sandblasting dust process cleaning pipeline surface on steel before painting in the factory.We tried sandblasting but discovered that sand is too abrasive and mars the logs.

Removes Old FinishesMan's hand holding a paint brush applying varnish to birch wood slats with shallow depth of field

Over the years, your log home’s finish may have become weathered and worn. Media Blasting efficiently strips away old stains, paints, and sealants, preparing the wood for a new finish.

Eliminates Mold and Mildew

Enerthenema papillatum, a slime mold from Finland, no common English nameLog homes are particularly susceptible to mold and mildew growth, especially in damp climates. Media Blasting eradicates these unsightly and potentially harmful issues.

Restores the Wood’s Natural Beauty

The process reveals the true beauty of your log home’s wood by removing the gray, weathered layer. Once the logs are cleaned, they can be sealed or stained to enhance their natural colors and patterns.

Smooths the Surface

 Media Blasting works to smooth the wood’s surface by removing irregularities and rough spots. This makes the application of finishes or sealants more even and effective.

The Media Blasting Process

PreparationExterior wooden outdoor sauna

Before starting the Media Blasting process, we take precautions to protect your property. This includes covering nearby windows, plants, and any surfaces you want to shield from abrasive particles.

Choosing the Abrasive Material

The choice of abrasive material depends on the specific needs of your log home.  Ground Glass or Ground Corn Cob, crushed glass, and other abrasives are selected based on the wood’s condition and the desired outcome. As mentioned earlier, sand is too harsh on wood finish.

Media Blasting

A closeup of the grinding and milling machines, crushing the corn cobs into fine particles. The machines are equipped with sharp blades and rotating drums, efficiently breaking down theDuring this phase, we use specialized equipment to propel the chosen abrasive material onto the logs at high speeds. The force effectively removes old finishes and contaminants, leaving a clean, refreshed surface.


After Media Blasting, thorough cleanup is essential. We remove all debris, ensuring that your property is left in pristine condition.

Finishing Touches

With your log home now clean and smooth, it’s time to apply a fresh finish. Whether you choose to stain, seal, or paint your logs, the newly revealed wood grain will absorb the finish more evenly, resulting in a stunning transformation.

Benefits of Media Blasting for Log Home Restoration

Efficiency: Media Blasting is a fast and effective method for removing old finishes and contaminants from log surfaces.

Wood PreservationPainter uses paint plots to coat wood for beauty.

By eliminating mold, mildew, and damaged wood fibers, Media Blasting helps extend the life of your log home.

Enhanced Aesthetics

Media Blasting reveals the natural beauty of the wood, allowing you to enjoy the rich colors and textures of your log home.

Even Finishing

The smooth surface left by Media Blasting ensures that finishes and sealants adhere uniformly, providing long-lasting protection.

Increased Property Value

The top of the house or log cabin with nice window.Restoring your log home’s exterior enhances its curb appeal and can increase the overall value of your property.

At River to River Log Homes, we are passionate about helping you maintain the beauty and integrity of your log home or log cabin. Media Blasting is just one of the many techniques we use to breathe new life into your wooden haven. If you are considering log home restoration, reach out to us. We are here to guide you through the process and bring back the natural charm of your log home for years to come.

About River to River Log Homes in Boise, Idaho; Reno, Nevada; and Bend, Oregon

You can count on a log home to last many generations with River to River Log Homes. Although we are not the biggest log home company, we are known as one of the best. At River to River Log Homes, we are committed to a high level of excellence in repairs and restoration, such as log replacement,  Ground Glass or Ground Corn Cobing, cleaning, washing, chalking, chinking, staining, sealing, and new construction. From the first time we meet, we start with the process all the way to the final touches on your dream log home or log cabin. This is why we have so many satisfied clients throughout the US and world. We look forward to working for you with your dream log home. For more information, contact us today!