Several years ago I finished new porch furniture with some supposedly "wonder water-based finish" sold by the furniture retailer. Yeah, I know I should have known better but there were heavy outside influences on the decision. Suffice it to say, not that the chairs look terrible those outside influences are denying that they had any say in the decision.
So I'm scraping and sanding, slow go, one chair at a time, lots of surfaces to clean up. It is hot and humid in the garage and I'm taking lots of breaks -- as evidenced by the amount of postings I've been doing today. Talk about being in avoidance mode! Anyway, I'm going to take them down to bare wood and varnish. Hopefully that will hold up better, or will at least be easier to refresh.