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Protect Your Log Cabin

Vintage Log and Lumber is an authorized dealer for Shell-Guard® and Guardian® wood protecting preservatives, which provide the ultimate protection for the wood in your log home. Call (877) 653-5647 toll free to order.

These EPA-registered, new generation borate preservatives are formulated with the same kind of glycol-carriers used in cosmetics and food, and will not color the wood.

Shell-Guard and Guardian are easy to use, completely odorless, and require only one application for the life of your home, as long as the exterior is kept sealed.

Shell-Guard and Guardian are deadly to most predators; they destroy fungi that cause wood rot, and also kill wood-destroying insects. The active ingredients are eaten, transported to nesting sites, and passed on to the larvae, in turn eliminating the colony by inhibiting the insects ability to digest wood. Shell-Guard and Guardian penetrate the log, using the moisture present in the log to travel through the wood to reach any wood-destroying insects that may be present.

Shell-Guard and Guardian are your best protection against

  • Rot fungi
  • Powder post Beetles
  • Lyctids
  • Bostrichids
  • Anobiids
  • Old House Borers
  • Flat Headed Borers, Carpenter Ants
  • Termites (Drywood, Dampwood, Formosan, Subterranean)

Shell-Guard® - Glycol/borate for Spray Application

Shell-Guard is a concentrated liquid mixed 1-to-1 with warm water, applied by spraying or brushing onto clean, bare wood. Applied to all surfaces after construction, and before finishing, Shell-Guard easily penetrates and quickly protects. Available in 5-gallon, 2.5-gallon, 1-gallon and 1-quart containers.

Guardian® - Concentrated Borate Paste

Guardian has a paste consistency and comes in a 30 oz. caulking tube. It can be applied during construction on each course of logs as you stack the house or be injected into "hot spots." It is one of the most highly concentrated borate formulas available.

Recommended Books

People often ask us for good reference books about restoring a log cabin, or designing a building from an antique barn. Here are two excellent books we recommend, with links to purchase them.