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Re: Interlux Schooner vs. Sikkens Cetol
The only threads more entertaining than varnish are about anchors.
I will not claim one is better than the other... they have different merits; choose your medicine. Varnish (generally) requires more coats, sanding between coats, is finicky to apply and needs more frequent attention... but it does look better. Cetol takes less work (no sanding between coats is BIG), is more forgiving to apply and generally more durable but does not match varnish for lustre. [I cite several Practical Sailor studies for claims that Cetol is more durable.]
Having used varnish on a previous boat, I do believe it is a fair statement that Cetol may be an aesthetic compromise but takes WAYYY less time to apply and maintain.