One of the questions I get asked the most, How-To Finish Re-Finish Outdoor Log Furniture? And while I really do understand many folks may have some “top secret”, special family recipe, passed down for generations, from the … What I use has proven to work. It is simple to apply, and reapply, it’s easy to clean-up, and dollar for dollar, it lasts as long as anything else currently available… and that right there is what it comes right down to.
When it comes time to finish/re-finish outdoor log furniture there are many products available. This is not a paid advertisement, just an opinion based on thousands of hours, and dollars spent, finishing hundreds of pieces of outdoor log furniture to be used in a variety of commercial/public spaces, as well as many private settings.
So let’s take some time now and see a couple of the products I recommend how to finish your log furniture to be used outdoors.
How-to Finish Outdoor Log Furniture
The thing about outdoor log furniture and sitting out for years of inclement, wet and snowy weather, they just don’t mix. Then, when you add in a couple hundred days a year of full sunshine, and those vicious UV Rays … well, that’s going to break down just about anything!
Make no mistake. You will have to re-finish outdoor log furniture on a regular basis. Depending on the species, setting, and exposure, it could be as much as once every year.
It’s the horizontal, flat surfaces that dry-out first. That, and the big knots. You will begin to notice a slight change in color after about a year. That’s the time you need to start planning on a “re-coat”. It’s a simple process, but if you wait too long, that may not be as much the case.
The sun is another thing to consider when applying your log furniture finish. Log benches absorb heat and can become almost unbearably hot to sit on log summer days. How much exposure to direct sunlight will your logs get?
Attention Log Furniture Builders!!! When making and selling log furniture for public settings such as parks, trails, or campuses, you will serve yourself and your customer well to offer an “annual maintenance option”. Contracting to maintenance the outdoor log furniture yourself will assure it stays clean and fresh lasting for years to come. Offering a maintenance option is good for your business and for your customers.
Maintenance Outdoor Log Furniture
Maintaining Outdoor Log Furniture – COS City Parks Department