Here are some photos of my garden, lots of stakes and stuff. The stands are used for “sprinklers” so they get “lots of wet” they are made from some old white oak I had, it had been stacked outside for about 25 years and the one stand is about 10 years old. White oak holds up super outside, red oak does not.
White oak will grey and weather but stay strong, a good coat of spar varnish keeps it looking good as well as any other good exterior finish. General Finishes has a product called Exterior 450 which is a water base and a super choice.
Oil Finishes: I get a lot of emails about spraying oils, sure you can, but after they soak in a while, 10 minutes or so, you have to wipe the excess off. Oils are not designed to be film finishes, they do build in very thin coats, so spraying or brushing oil on and just letting it dry is not a good idea. It will take a very long time to dry and be tough to level out. Do not expect to use an oil for heavy build, when you wipe it back it should be smooth. Let dry, apply another coat or 3. If you have roughness, light scuff sand the dry oil with some 600 grit, when smooth, proceed with the next coat.
The Garden: Just thought I would show you everything is emerging, I’ll get some photos in a couple of months, it will look a bit different.
Have a good and safe weekend.