Good Questions: How Can I Weatherproof These Chairs?

Good Questions: How Can I Weatherproof These Chairs?

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Maxwell Ryan
Jul 23, 2008

Dear AT,

Last summer, I bought two Adirondack chairs + footrests, made of unfinished wood -- cedar, I believe.

They've been sitting uncovered on my balcony for the entire year, and I'm starting to wish that I'd bought finished wood or plastic pieces instead.

They've been exposed to all types of weather and pollution and, like everything in NYC, the chairs quickly become covered with a film of black dust...

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When I try to wipe them down, the cloth ends up studded with tiny splinters -- it seems like the chairs would be easier to maintain if they were shiny and varnished.

I realize that this is a really elementary question, but I am completely DIY-challenged and would appreciate any foolproof advice about the materials & processes involved in getting these chairs up to speed.

(Alternatively, I'd also appreciate any tips for businesses/contractors who could do this for me! -- I'd be willing to spend around $100 total.)

Thanks! LM

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