When you use Penofin, maintenance is a snap. Because Penofin is a low-solid product, there is no stripping or sanding necessary. Simply wash the surface with water and a mild detergent. Allow your wood surface to dry completely, approximately 48 hours before application. The Penofin site has complete instructions for maintaining your furniture. Go to Penofin maintanance site.
Yes, you can stain or paint Wolmanized Natural Select™ wood. Also, you can coat Natural Select™ wood with a water repellent; in fact, we highly recommend it. The best way to tackle these jobs depends on the wood's exposure, and the coating you plan to use.
Paint: The procedure for painting treated wood is no different from that for painting untreated wood. For best results use a primer before painting. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions.
Stain: For the traditional two-step finish you first stain the wood and then add a clear protective finish. This system is used to obtain rich, professional looking finishes. Stains may be oil-based or water-based. Best advice: follow the stain manufacturer's instructions.
The all in one products like Minwax® Polyshades, are convenient because they simplify the finishing process and cut finishing time in half. They're ideal for use on smaller pieces, like decorative items that don't experience high wear and tear. However, keep in mind that you don't get the same depth of color and durable protection that you do when using separate stain and finish products so I don't recommend them.
Polyurethane: A semi-gloss polyurethane with UV light protection will give the wood a natural look. The polyurethane will place a very hard finish over the wood that easily resists water, chemicals and grease. It won't crack, peel or stain; and covers the grain well. A UV stabilizer is incorporated to protect it from breaking down in sunlight and to protect any underlying stains from fading. It can be applied over stain or to unstained wood for added protection. A light sanding between coats will give you the best finish.
Spar Varnish: A high quality tung oil spar varnish will protect your furniture from water and ultraviolet light. Apply a uniform, thin coat using a high quality, clean polyester or natural bristle brush. Brush in even strokes in the direction of the wood grain. Avoid lap marks by maintaining a wet edge at all times. Use care on vertical surfaces to avoid runs. Apply at least two thin coats to all surfaces and especially the edges. For maximum protection apply up to four coats. Between coats sand lightly. Remove all sanding dust before applying each additional coat. Avoid application in direct sunlight or when rain is threatening or late in the day when dew may affect the drying time. McCloskey Man O' War is a brand I have had good luck with.