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Re: Interlux Schooner vs. Sikkens Cetol
I bought my boat with Cetol on it and quickly learned to hate it. It peels and flakes when it gives up and the only fix is to fully remove and start over.
I like varnish and did my cockpit table with it. My main objection to varnish is the 24 hr dry time between coats. Between schedules and weather, that makes it very impractical to do on the boat. The table could be brought home.
I like Bristol Finish for other brightwork on the boat. It's two part and dries enough to recoat inside an hour, so you can apply all 4 to 5 initial coats on the same day. Serious advantage. I think the finish looks the closest to varnish as well.
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