On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:51:25 -0700 (PDT), herb white
Basically 3 choices.
1. Leave it bare and let it weather.
2. Film covers (varnish, paint, etc.)
3. Oils (tung, linseed, etc.0
There's a lot of stuff on the web, and no need to repeat it all.
Google "finishing outdoor benches"
I've got a couple of the benches I think you're talking about.
One was about 50 bucks, the other bigger one about 100 bucks.
Both have painted cast iron sides and stained wood slats, lightly
varnished. The cheap one has a slatted back, the more expensive one
has a curved wood back with a cast iron insert.
Chinese of course.
Don't know what wood it is.
They are both in the weather, full sun, in northern Illinois.
I didn't add any finish.
The cheap one lasted about 10 years before becoming unusable due to
The wood weathered nicely after the finish basically disappeared.
Cast iron is in excellent shape, so I can easily cut some slats if I
ever get around to it.
The more expensive one is about 6 years old and still usable, but the
seat sags. That wood just turned dark, and it's pretty ugly.
Again the cast iron is in excellent shape.
Bottom line with these is can keep them "pretty" if you want, or just
replace the wood when it's too weathered if you want.
Haven't looked close lately, but as I recall from putting them
together they're basically tied together with rods and common stove
The rods can be cheaply replaced with allthread if they're rusted.
So it's up to you. If I ever rebuild either one of mine I'll probably
stain and spar varnish them if I want to maintain them with recoats.
Easy enough to do every few years.
Or I'll use cedar or cypress and forget about maintenance and just let