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How To Stain and Preserve Your Bunkie

It is important to protect the exterior of your bunkie. At the store, you will have a choice of oil-based, water-based or waterborne stain. We highly recommend a long lasting wood stain made by Sansin, a Canadian company.

Sansin is unique because it is a waterborne formula; it is a modified natural oil with the advantages of both oil-based (improved penetration) and water-based stain (low VOC’s and soap and water clean-up). Sansin comes in a wide range of natural, semi-transparent and solid colours. 

Q. How do I prepare my bunkie before I stain?

  • Preparation is key to the project being successful.
  • Inspect wood surfaces for defects and make any necessary repairs.
  • Use Sansin cleaner and/or wash the entire surface using clean water.
  • Sand the surface well using a 60-80 grit paper and a variable
    speed orbital sander.
  • Follow by cleaning the surface thoroughly. It must be clean, free from dust, dirt, grease, wax or any existing coatings.  
  • More details on how to prepare your bunkie in ‘Preparation’ and ‘Application’ section of product information.

Q. How many coats of stain should I use?

Sansin SDF is best applied as two coats to maximize durability and performance. Otherwise, if a single coat is applied, we recommend using a double pigment load (modified by your authorized Sansin dealer).

Q. How much stain should I buy?

Sansin SDF will usually cover 300-350 sq.ft/gallon but this depends on how porous the wood is and moisture content.  Also, be sure to apply the product to the point of refusal and back-brush any excess product, drips or puddles.

Note: Best practice for a vertical surface is to apply the product from the bottom up. 

Q. What do I have to do for upkeep for my bunkie?

The interior can be left natural. Otherwise, the same product applied on the outside can be applied on the inside. Also, consider SDF Topcoat for the interior if a more washable surface is desired while leaving a clear like finish.

Q. What should we use on the interior walls?

A. Often clients want to keep the interior of the bunkie the same look, and not change the colour of the wood. Observe for fading after 4-6 years. Then wash with Sansin Multiwash and apply a fresh maintenance coat. If excessive build-up of dirt, pollen or splash-back is present on the surface – wash with Sansin Multiwash annually. Refer to the published directions of use for more details.

Q. What type of brush should I use to apply the stain?

A. We recommend using a Chinex bristle brush because it loads more product on the surface of the wood and is more efficient at working with a continuous wet-edge. 

Q. Where can I buy Sansin products?

A. You can visit the Sansin dealer locator to find an authorized Sansin dealer near you. Find the product overview and directions for use on their website, more resources and answers to FAQ.

Want to see inside the bunkies? Go to walkthrough tours or look inside the bunkies in 3D. 

Curious how to build a bunkie? Watch the Naus family build a bunkie in 5 hours in a time lapse video. We provide the instruction manual with the purchase of your Bunkie Life bunkie.

How do you add insulation or build a foundation? David explains how to build a foundation and other helpful videos.

How to Order

You can order online or contact David Fraser 1-866-4BUNKIE or david@bunkielife.com

For ease of payment, we require a 50% deposit to place your order and the remaining 50% 3 days before delivery.

We also give a 60 day money back guarantee. If you are not fully satisfied with your purchase within 60 days, we will refund your money.

Most importantly, we stand by our cabin bunkies for 5 years after purchase. This means we will pay to replace or repair any issues you may have with your bunkie for 5 years. 

Bunkie Life David Fraser and family

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