| Bought the little ones a redwood playset over the weekend. Given the
| expense, I'd like to protect the wood so it lasts, and so it will have
| some resale value, once they outgrow it.
| I'd prefer something not too toxic (i.e. latex).
| This will give you an idea of the set:
There are a whole host of finishes for the playset. Before you try any of them you might want to read what they have to say about it at
Wood as an engineering material. General Technical Report 113.
Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 463 p.
There is a section which deals with "Biodeterioration of Wood" and another on "Finishing of Wood" which will be of some interest to you. It certainly opened my eyes.