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Re: What kind of interior finish

This gets discussed a lot here. Some are fans of just letting the wood go grey. Some like to clean with teak brighteners and then use oil. Some like Sikkens Cetol, especially the natural teak. Some like varnish.

Some will disagree with me, but I've listed them in roughly the order of increasing complexity and increasing durability. Cleaning and oiling teak is a PITA, but it really looks beautiful when it's done. The problem is, it doesn't last that long. If you keep on top of it, the maintenance isn't THAT bad, but you're setting yourself up for a day's worth of work every 4-6 months. Cetol and Varnish are even more of a PITA to apply. You typically have to sand down to smooth, add a sanding sealer, then sand again. Apply a first (thinned, in the case of varnish) coat. Wait some period of time typically measured in many hours. Apply a second (less thinned in the case of varnish) coat. Wait some period of time typically measured in many hours. Wet sand if necessary. For Cetol, you go at least 3-4 layers plus a top coat if you want the high gloss. For varnish, you go 5-10 layers. Cetol has a reputation for not lasting quite as long as varnish, but it's still pretty durable.
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