Finish for Jake's Chairs

Over the past three years, I have made over 30 Jake's chairs and footstools, mostly using pine. I have made a few out of cedar and am currently finishing a couple. My question is what is the proper way to protect them? I know cedar is very long lasting but I was thinking that a polyurethane coating or two would be good.
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Tough question. Quality Exterior paint will give the longest protection. Spar Varnish would probably be the next in line and or a protective exterior oil finish. Spar varnish may stick to your clothing and or always feel a bit tacky. Any clear finish will have to be reapplied every 2-3 years if the pieces are left out in the sun.
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Since you are using pine as your wood, latex paint would be the best choice. Poly is not going to hold up for any extended period and refinishing would be a big mess.
Stick with latex paint or switch over to white oak,cypress,teak,mahogany,etc,etc.
White oak would be a favorite.
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I don't like using paint on outdoor furniture due to peeling and difficulty in touching up the piece. I prefer a clear UV penetrating wood sealer which lasts 3 years.
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