My rear sliding door has an aluminum frame, which is faced off with wood
slats which i think are cedar wood.
Over very many years i've tried various modern varnishes like Ronseal etc,
but it always peels off in a very awkward way. That is it sticks very hard
in some places, making it a real pain to rub down or get rid of; and just
peels off in other places.
Many years ago I'm seem to remember varnish just somehow gracefully 'faded'
and you just gave a quick smooth down and could re-apply new varnish.
Is there any varnish that you would recommend that is better behaved in that
it doesn't peel off in patches, or might it be a good idea to just rub some
oil of some kind into the wood?