No. Our furniture is made from lumber that has been completely dried before cutting into any furniture parts.
We do not recommend painting the dark unfinished natural furniture, as the lumber has been pressure treated using environmentally-friendly CA (copper azole) preservatives. You will risk getting unfavorable finish results within one to two weeks, such spots and streaking.
For our painted furniture, we use environmentally-friendly MCQ (micro copper quaternary) preservatives in the pressure treating process, which is suitable for painted finishes. After furniture parts have been cut, each is carefully hand-sanded to ensure a perfectly smooth finish, and then assembled into furniture. All nail holes are then filled and sanded, the furniture is spray coated with an industrial block seal prime, and sanded smooth again. It is then sprayed with two coats of Sherwin-Williams commercial-grade exterior latex based paint.
Note: The term “salt treated” wood is a term used years back however, today’s correct terminology refers to this as “pressure treated” wood.
Can unfinished chairs remain natural, or do they require maintenance?
Your furniture will remain structurally sound for many years to come. For Pressure treated Natural (CA), a thorough annual cleaning using a bleach & water solution is an option, unless you like it the way it is. Over time, your furniture will turn into a beautiful patina silvery gray. An application of a clear or semi-transparent color tinted oil-based wood protector such as Cabot’s or Olympic will help prolong the life of your furniture.
What causes outdoor pressure-treated wood to crack? What is “checking”?
“Checking” is a term used in the lumber industry to describe the natural cracking that may appear in outdoor pressure treated pine. It is normal and expected, but will not adversely effect the structural integrity of your furniture. This can be substantially minimized by using clear wood protectors, easily applied by spray or brush.
What if I want a color I do not see?
If you are ordering 12 or more chairs, we have the ability to color-match for your particular setting if you provide the manufacturer’s name and color number. There is a minimal charge of $40.00 per color. Please add up to 3 additional weeks to receive your order, as your colors will be blended at the Sherwin-Williams industrial facility.
How thick is the wood you use?
Classic/ Rockers: 3/4″ stock except for the arms, back legs, and the back support which is from 1″ stock.
Tete-a tete: 3/4″ stock except for the arms, back legs, and the back support which is from 1″ stock.
Balcony / Pub Chairs: 3/4″ stock except for the arms, front & back legs, footrest supports, and the back support which is from 1″ stock.
Accent Side Table & Footrest: All with full 3/4” stock.
How difficult is assembly?
Unfinished Natural – Ships FedEx Ground* Chairs, Rockers, and Swings are shipped knock down (KD), which are partially assembled. Re-assembly is easy, taking about 15-20 minutes. We also include easy-to-follow assembly instructions. Accent Table, and Footrests are shipped fully assembled. *Tete-a-tete (Double Seater) ships fully assembled and ships motor freight only. Note: If multiple pieces are ordered, such as 8 or more chairs, they typically will ship motor freight fully assembled, which is more cost effective. Furniture with Painted Finishes ships fully assembled-no assembly required, and ships motor freight only. Exception: Footrest and Accent Tables can ship via ground
What kind of hardware do you use?
Our Standard: We use only the highest quality weather-resistant hardware to assemble our furniture. Bolts, Nuts, & Washers are “genuine” hot dipped galvanized and very weather-proof, especially suitable in salty coastal climates. Screws are ceramic-coated steel. Nails are stainless steel for CA unfinished furniture and galvanize for MCQ treated furniture. (Don’t be fooled by impostors using “shiny” silver or “gold” colored hardware and calling it galvanized,It is not).
Commercial Series – Bolts, Nuts,& Washers are “genuine” hot dipped galvanized. Screws are ceramic-coated steel. No Nails in this series…. they are tough! Whatever your climate, we have you covered. You can be assured that all components of your Weathercraft® Outdoor Furniture will last for years of enjoyment.
Optional: To prolong your furniture, we do offer an All Stainless Steel screw option available for those in the extreme salty coastal climates or otherwise just prefer.