Outdoor protection

I have a rattan (I think)? table that I bought at the thrift store for 99 cents. I want to use it outside for my next project so I need to paint or spray or seal it with something that will protect it from the weather and help it last as long as possible. I would really love some suggestions on the best product to use. I live in SC, so it gets really hot here in the summer. Thanks. Linda

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