Master Wood Restoration

Specializing in Wood Exterior & Interior Restoration and Finishing

Log siding before restoration
Serving the Rocky Mountain Region
and Beyond
Mobile (801) 558-3899
Log siding after Wood Iron restoration and preservation


Example of our chinking processOwner and founder Pete Buonocore spent several years in training learning the science of wood restoration and preservation before earning the Master title. What began as Utah Wood Care and Dubois Wood Care has grown into a family owned Master Wood Restoration Company that has been serving the wood care needs of the Rocky Mountain region for over 18 years. Services include hands-on restoration, new wood preservation, interior finishing, painting and chinking. The photo on the left shows an example of our chinking work, note that we also chink the log end joints. Though we center in the Rocky Mountain Region we can provide these services just about anywhere in the continental United States. Our company represents both Wyoming and Utah serve as board members for the Advanced Wood Care Authority. This board comprised of wood restoration masters has over 150 years of combined experience and has been instrumental in pioneering new standards for the wood restoration industry. Early on this advanced alliance of wood care professionals recognized the consumer’s as well as the environment’s need for a safe and reliable product. The Authority pioneered new standards in restoration and preservation and as a result biodegradable formulas and environmental friendly application systems have been developed. The entire line of products including cleaners (strippers), wood brighteners and mold and mildew inhibitors are biodegradable. A product line that achieves the best looking results with a long lived, cost effective protection solution that is beneficial to the wood and at the same time environmentally friendly.


Example of chinking being preserved during the old finish removal processWe restore weathered, stained wood. First we remove the old failed finishes and damaged wood fibers using an eco-friendly combination of applications, hot water pressure washing and old fashioned elbow grease, to expose a “new wood” surface. Unlike the pitting cob blasting does our system preserves the natural look of the wood surface making our system the perfect choice for restoring hand hewn and hand peeled structures. The image to the right shows how properly applied chinking is undamaged by our cleaning process.


We have all seen the slick advertising hype when it comes to finish products but the bottom line for you the consumer is “How long will this last?” To arrive at an answer we look at five primary factors.

  • Wood Condition: We conduct tests to determine the actual condition of the wood which in turn assures that the correct reconditioning and preservation approach is taken specific to your wood's needs.
  • Surface Preparation: Any wood treatment applied to an improperly prepared surface will fail.
  • Product Application: Maximum penetration should be the goal, you absolutely have to protect the wood from the inside out to achieve this the product must be brushed or rolled when applied. If a product is sprayed it must be back-rolled or back-brushed, no penetrating oil finish should just be sprayed.
  • UV Protection Factor: Our solids based UV system is unique standing above the liquid sunscreens found in othe products advertizing UV protection.
  • Sun Exposure: Our finishes are fortified with an industrial strength sun block system developed out of the automotive finish industry. Pigments in our finishes are transparent oxides providing the best sun protection while accentuating the natural grain and beauty of the wood.

Most folks judge a finish’s lasting quality by how the finish looks, if the appearance is acceptable the finish must be okay. The real determining factor is the amount of protection the finish is providing to the wood. After about a year’s time typical retail products begin to fail. Most simply do not contain enough solids to allow the wood to retain enough resins/oil to bind fibers together. As wood dries fibers separate and fiber separation in turn causes surface finish failure. You can check this yourself by rubbing across the grain of your wood surface with the heel of your hand; loose wood fibers and finish tell you that your wood is no longer being protected.

The solution in long term maintenance with wood is rehydration. In other words follow nature’s example and protect the wood from the inside out by replenishing the natural oils and resins. The Norwegians have successfully used this technique to preserve and maintain their stave churches for well over 1,000 years.


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