Preserving a tree-trunk carved bear?

I just bought a chainsaw carved wooden bear. The wood looks like spruce; and seems reasonably dry.
How do I go about weatherproofing it? Deck stain (oil or water based)? Spar varnish? Do I leave it inside for while to make sure it is dry?
I expect to leave it outside during the summer in Rochester NY. Thanks.
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"I expect to leave it outside during the summer in Rochester NY" well, keep the snow off it LOL...
I'd think that a spray-on deck treatment would work great. Try it on the bottom to see if you like how it looks then apply it to the rest. Even the bad stuff (Thompson's) should work fine since the bear probably won't get any foot traffic...
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Fiberglass sombrero.
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Well obviously I can't fiberglass it, but maybe epoxy would be good. I have a gallon left over from a boat project.
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Naah, you make the sombrero out of fiberglass, and put it on the bear at a jaunty angle.
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There's a product called CWF. It has UV protection in it. It comes in colors, including clear. I'd leave the bear inside for a month or so, then apply a coat of CWF. It will darken the wood somewhat. Allow the finish to thoroughly dry for a couple weeks (perhaps in the garage) before placing the bear outdoors. Take the bear in for the winter, and give it another coat of CWF next spring.
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wrote:

I used it once on my deck. NEVER AGAIN! It does not penetrate, but goes on like paint. Also is a poor finish. Oil stains and seals are MUCH better.
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