when any of you use untreated wood, like shutters, spindles, frames, how do you protect them if you use them outside?
Most common untreated wood (like pine, fir, oak, non exterior plywood, etc) should never be in contact with the soil or water/moisture on a continuous basis regardless of surface treatment. I think that a good quality "exterior primer and paint" is the best protection you can achieve.
Clear coats, even exterior Spar Varnish will fail due to UV exposure. Then one has a peeling mess too.
Conrad told you right Leesa....a good primer & exterior paint. But even that may not protect anything for long in our area with both termites and carpenter bees. If I leave a piece of untreated lumber laying on the ground around here...it is attacked by termites within 2 days. Maybe they aren't as bad over your way???
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