Hello everyone, It has been a while since coming to you for advice.
A short time ago, I bought a beautifully carved, painted and stained bench from Mexico. It is the size of a love seat. The back has parrots carved and painted on either side with large orchids in the center. The rest of the wood; i.e., arms, seat, etc., have been stained dark brown and wiped for a nice effect.
It is protected overhead from rain and direct sunlight, but will get blowing rain. I would like advise as to how to seal this wood. It appears to be a soft wood, yet is sturdy and seems very strong. I also would like to know if there is some special treatment for the wood touching the cement, or will a sealer be adequate to ensure it does not begin to deteriorate.
Thanks for your advise