We got a new garden table with benches attached this summer. It has been
stained/treated with a transparent red/brown finish. You can see grain quite
clearly through the finish.
I want to protect it and at the weekend painted on some Cuprinol Timbercare
which I'd had left from painting a fence. This was a big mistake as it
looked orange and was opaque so I couldn't see the grain. Fortunately mum
was out but the kids comments varied from "you'd better not let mum see it"
to "maybe you could sand paper it off". Fortunately I decided it looked
terrible when it was still wet and I hosed it all off.
I went to place we got the bench from today and all they could offer was
coloured softwood garden furniture preservatives.
What type of preservative should I use to protect the wood but not to colour
it any further? And where can I get it?