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Re: Interlux Schooner vs. Sikkens Cetol

From Practical Sailor, September 2011, at the 2-year mark of their coatings test.

"The Cetol products are still at the head of the pack, albeit a somewhat mangy-looking pack. The cloudy, opaque look of the Cetol Marine and Marine Light products may not appeal to everyone, but the fact they’ve maintained their color for more than a year is a good example that higher-solids finishes tend to offer better UV protection.

The Cetol Natural (with gloss) test panel fell from a Good coating integrity six months ago to being dropped from testing. Its performance mirrors what we’ve seen in the field: Give it a little loving once a year with a scrubby pad and a fresh coat, and it’ll last the long haul."

Yes, the 2-part varnishes were the stars of the class, and one can look down one's nose at Cetol's aesthetics. But it gives good protection with far less effort than varnish.
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