I built a picnic table last week. After assembly I stained it "canyon brown" and sealed it up tight with a god deck sealer. We've had a good bit of rain this past week and I've loved seeing the new table out back. It is beading water like a champ. Yay, that is protecting the wood and will add years to the life of the table. But outside of all that good stuff, it's just really cool to see the water all beaded up.