How to make this table "weather proof" to use on our deck?

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I have this rafia wrapped table base that I would love to use on our deck. Does anyone have any suggestions on what could be used to weather seal it?
q how to make this table weather proof to use on our deck, how to, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
q how to make this table weather proof to use on our deck, how to, outdoor furniture, painted furniture
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  • Leslie Leslie on May 03, 2015
    Fid out what s used n wooden boats and use that

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on May 03, 2015
    @Beth I would suggest an outdoor polyurethane - several coats. I would also suggest bringing it in during the winter as the can be as harsh in your area as mine. You may have to recoat every year or two. Very lovely table btw.

    • Beth Beth on May 04, 2015
      @Gail Salminen Thank you! I got a fantastic deal on Craigslist from a woman that used to stage houses for sale and we've used/loved it indoors for years. I've had to re-glue the raffia a few time but it's got so may subtle colors and the house and deck are natural cedar so I thought I could do a lot of mix and match if I could figure out a way to use it outside.

  • KathyBH KathyBH on May 03, 2015
    I would try a brush on marine varnish, it dries clear. My ex and I used this on our 25' wooden ocean boat. It worked great, I asume it would keep the table from the elements as well.

  • Beth Beth on May 04, 2015
    Thank you Kathy! That was my main concern; I needed something that would dry clear and I wasn't sure if marine varnish would. I considered polyurethane but wan't sure that it would withstand the elements.

  • Beth Beth on May 04, 2015
    Okay, one more question...Do you think I dare try the same marine varnish technique on the chairs as well? They have some cushioning in the seats but if marine varnish hardens like I think it will, I could put outdoor cushions over them. They are wood frame and a woven type of what I would call imitation raffia, kind of a coated thin rope, definitely not fabric.

    • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on May 04, 2015
      @Beth I wouldn't use the marine varnish on the chairs. There are seat covers you can get to keep the moisture off them. I got ours at Walmart and they aren't too expensive. They need to be replaced every couple of years but they do protect the fabric from the elements in the summer. You could protect the wood on the chairs with the varnish though.

  • Meri Meri on May 04, 2015
    Hi I agree with KathBH I have used it myself on thin mdf pieces outside art and four years later they are just great. Cheers