I'm new at this so if I am posting to the wrong location please advise and I
will post at the correct location.
I am just starting making outdoor furniture from eastern red cedar - mostly
2X6, 2X4, 1X4, 5/4X6. I live in the Midwest with a wide variety of humidity
and temps. I want to provide a finish that will withstand the elements with
minimal upkeep. Specifically, I want to maintain the new wood color, repel
UV and water and be able to handle the seasonal expanding and contracting
without problems. I don't mind using some expensive finish and applying
multiple coats if it will really work.
I have tested about 20 samples and have found several that provide the
appearance I am after. My concern is about wood/finish discoloration over
time and the seasonal impact. I have been told that a "stain" is required
to repel UV. I do not want to use a stain unless it is necessary due to the
effort to maintain the new wood color.
I have asked a lot of questions and received a lot of different answers -
both from individuals and finish manufacturers - and have decided to try
this process to get to an answer that will work for me. I do not feel
comfortable with my knowledge in this area and I am looking for help.
Thanks for any suggestions.