I have some tables and chairs that were built for me over twenty years ago out of Iroko. They are as good as the day they were built, no sign of rot or anything despite their having spent every winter outside.
They are now that lovely faded grey colour which is fine by me but the trouble is that litchen grows on them and every year I have to scrub them like mad to clear it.
In the past we have tried using teak oil on them but the grain of iroko is so close that it doesn't go into the wood and you end up with "sticky furniture".
What I would like to find is something to paint them with that will go into the wood - not on top of it like varnish - but will not look like paint. I don't want to loose the grain of the wood, although I don't mind the colour changing.
I have used cuprinol on the large gates and that is fine and does the job but it's no good for furniture as it will leave a stain on clothing.
Is there anything on the market that will do the job?
Hi Pip, have you thought of buying Exterior Fungicide to paint on the furniture, I have used it in the past and find it very good. Cuprinol does one and it can be used for Wood Brickwook and Masonry, pwerful action to kill mould and algal growth.... I got loads of it here if only you was living nearer but buy a small bottle as you will not need a lot of it.