Cetol ?

  • April 18, 2023 4:29 PM
    Message # 13172787

    I’ve Used Cetol “Marine Light “With Gloss, It Looks Good With A Lot Less Work Than Varnish, And Holding Up.                                                                                                         Has Anyone Used Cetol “Natural Teak”? My Question Is If You Have Used Both Which Is Lighter Of The Two, What You Like Better                                                                                                             Since I’m Asking About Cetol, What Are Using On Your Exterior Wood On Your Westsail, Or What NOT To Use.

    Best ted

    Sparrow # 433

  • April 19, 2023 11:37 AM
    Reply # 13173641 on 13172787

    I’ve used Cetol on different parts of the boat for about 30 years, I’m a fan of the product. 

    I have 3 different ways I treat the wood on the exterior of my boat - glossy Schooner varnish on the cap rails, hatches and companion ways - Natural Teak Cetol on my grab rails, boomkin, bowsprit and platform - raw teak (no treatment) around my cockpit well.

    For me, the Natural Teak color is a bit more orange than I’d really prefer but works well in combination with the Schooner varnish. 

    I use Cetol on my bowsprit and platform because when I rebuilt them the bowsprit was white Doug fir and platform solid teak. I wanted a very durable finish that would blend the two wood colors. The platform is really detailed brush work and Cetol holds up for a couple of years without needing to be reapplied. Same with the boomkin - Doug fir and I wanted them to blend with the rest of my varnish (low maintenance). 

    Overall I could see Cetol as a reasonable choice for any exterior wood (especially if you plan to cruise the boat) - durability is hard to beat - but I’m still a bit of a purest and a glossy varnish provides a beautiful yacht quality finish. 

    Best of luck with your boat. 

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  • April 19, 2023 5:01 PM
    Reply # 13174042 on 13172787

    Hi Don

    Your Westsail Looks Beautiful, The Combination Of Cetol & Varnish Set It Off.     Beautiful               Living On The East Coast & Working Doesn’t Give Me  Enough  Time To Do More Varnish Thank You For Your Pictures, They Are Speak Volumes and Are Very Helpful.I’ve Used Cetol Light With Gloss Top Coat On Rear Hatch Perimeter And Left Top ( Teak ) Raw , It Turned Out Well And Wasn’t Muddy, I might Try A Small Test Area And See How It Turns Out Before commit.                                                                                                                 If You Have Any More Pictures I/ We Would Like To See Them, Again Thanks For Sharing. ted                

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