How To Paint A Timber Lodge


Painting Log Cabins & Timber Lodges

Teknos Paint Coatings, are specialist water based microporous paint treatments used extensively by joinery manufacturers, log cabin, and timber lodge manufacturers. Teknos is a highly regarded brand originating from Denmark, Teknos is a trade product and not generally sold as a DIY brand. Glenwood decorating supplies, are one of only a hand full of direct suppliers of Teknos in the UK, our sister company CFG Finishes are applicators of the Teknos systems, using it in factory environment to coat bespoke timber windows, doors, orangeries & conservatories. Glenwood decorating supplies & CFG Finishes have a unique association with this brand and are one of the few companies in the UK apart from Teknos UK, whom can give advice and assistance with confidence.

Teknos Paint, can be ordered in many opaque shades, White, Greens, Greys etc.... Teknos Paint used in conjunction with the timber lodge & log cabin market are traditionally translucent colours, or stain finishes, Teak, Sapele, Mahogany etc.. (Teknos Light, Teknos Medium, Teknos Dark )


First steps:

Inspect your log cabin or timber lodge regularly, at least twice a year, before & after the winter periods would be recommended. You are looking for any loose flaking coating or any splits in the timber. If you locate any of these things then you need to carry out a little maintenance, we at Glenwood decorating supplies can help.

The best way to carry out these inspections are when you are washing your lodge or cabin down, washing the exterior of the cabin is essential to remove atmospheric pollutants from the coatings surface, things such as mould spores, lichens etc, which during prolonged damp spells thrive on the exterior finish and start to destroy the effectiveness of the paint film.

The only thing between the elements and the timber of your investment is a microscopic thin film of PAINT... which must be looked after if your investment is to survive with out major expense replacing the boards.

Glenwood Decorating Supplies are able to give expert advise ... Not sure just Call 01325 288003

Teknos Aqua Top 2600 Light, Medium & Dark Shade

Before applying Teknos Paint:

After your inspection wash the area you need to repair with clean water & allow to dry, remove any flaking loose coating with a medium abrasive pad, ( 240 grit ). If it the remedial area is near the end of the board and it has split, we would recommend the use of Teknoseal 4000 Clear, this is a highly flexible sealant specifically designed and used purely for this purpose. Once you have completed the preparation and it is dry apply 2 x even brush coats to the area feathering out to achieve a seamless finish.

For larger areas or even full re-paint of your log cabin, timber lodge Cfg Finishes offer a complete service, they can carry out a full annual maintenance program, cleaning of roof's and gutters then a full wash down and re application of a specialist coating to freshen and protect the paint system for the next 6 - 8 months. Cfg finishes also specialise in full re - finishes, after the preparation, cleaning of exuding knots, sealing of split boards they apply be spray application the Teknos or Sikkens trade brand of coating to the original manufacturers specification, giving between 3 - 5 years between re - paints.


It is a common misconception that when sanding, you have to rub until your fingers hurt .... all you need is to remove flaking substrate, abrade the area to give a key for the next coat of paint to stick to. We recommend the use of 180 / 240 g abrasives, we would also advise you sand with the grain try not to cut across the grain as this can lead to cross sanding marks being visible in your final finished work.


Knots in timber are where the branches used to be and as such cannot be removed, believe me we've been asked... Knots have 2 properties which can become unsightly, in pale colours they discolour the finish by displaying a tanning, which shows as a light brown stain in the paint finish, in painted finishes the use products such as Zinsser 123 and Zinsser B I N primer alternatively Zinsser Coverstain each of these products will help to hold some of this tanning back but there are no guarantees. Knots which exude resin are a common problem, unfortunately nothing will stop or slow this process down, basically this is the sap / resin of the tree being drawn out usually by the heat of the sun, the warmth liquifies the resin & draws it out. This process can occur for many years, dried resin can be scrapped away gently or removed with small amounts of methylated ( Minaralised ) spirit. Any disturbed or broken paint finish must be repaired.


Application :

Teknos paint can be easily applied, we recommend the use of a long bristled synthetic paint brush such as the Expert Aqua paint brush. There are a few things however to remember, Teknos is a water based paint and it is not recommended to be applied in temperatures below 5℃, on very hot days the coating will dry much quicker reducing the wet edge time which may lead to heavy brush lines with the coating drying too quickly, if this occurs you can add up to 10% clean water to ease the flow of the coating. This can also occur when a gentle breeze is present as water based dry best with constant air flow across them. Unlike traditional oil based paints which give a longer open time to lay the product off water based coatings require you keep working to the wet edge too many passes will result in an un-even finish, if the coating seems to be drying too quickly you can add 5-10% of clean water to ease the application.