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John Smith

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#1 posted 12-15-2018 12:11 PM

my favorite finish for items that will go on boats or outside furniture is Marine Spar Varnish.
but, any exterior “varnish” is a MAINTENANCE item. there is not just one brand or type
that you can “coat it and forget it”. so, unless you are willing to sand and reapply
the varnish every year or two, clear coats over other finishes are fruitless.
also – is the chair going to sit on the bare ground or on a patio ??
and – is the “pine” just regular Big Box construction grade or pressure treated ?
if not pressure treated, the areas that come in contact with the ground will fail first.
and once moisture has an avenue of entry into the wood, it goes downhill from there.
it is hard to say how your chair will hold up over the years in your environment.
just use this experience as a learning tool for when you build your next one.

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