Want to begin showing you how your outdoor furniture should still look like after 2 Seasons of Missouri weather when you use a good Varnish. The Varnish we use is CABOT SPAR MARINE VARNISH.
We learned from our mistakes with Varnishes from our first benches we had in front of our barns. We started out with oak and several different varnishes. Every spring we had to sand them down and try a different varnish on them and after 5 years the Varnishes was unable to protect the benches from the elements and had to be replaced.
We went with cedar for it's beautiful and colorful gain, the wood itself is weather resistant and its not on the carpenter Ant's menu. More importantly someone finally recommended CABOT SPAR MARINE VARNISH.
We Varnished this Table with CABOT SPAR MARINE VARNISH 2 years ago and it still looks as good as the first day. The trunk and base was given 2 coats, the table top 3 coats. The table was exposed from zero to over 100 degrees, direct sun, snow, ice, and rain. Every inch of the table was varnished not allowing the elements to deteriorate the wood.
Sense we started using Cabot Product all our new Outdoor Furniture or Folk Art we make gets sealed with their product. Please check out my latest project. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Solar-Lamp-with-the-help-of-Mother-Nature-CO/