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post #23 of Old 04-01-2014
heelangle
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Re: Cetol Marine Finish Woes

I have been using the Cetol Marine for 4 years now. Holds up much better than Spar Varnish, although not much chance for sun damage here in the Pacific NW.
In Hawaii my 5 coats of Spar Varnish used to last 6 months.
I have found the Cetol Marine a durable finish that holds up well and is scratch resistant. My last 4 coats lasted over 3 years. The only thing I don't love is the color. Seems they add some sort of iron compound to decrease sun damage to the finish, and it works!
If you are going to use it, don't shake it, or any varnish product. Only stir it and get all the thick stuff up from the bottom of the can. Shaking will cause bubbles. Also, I cannot believe all the people using sponge brushes. OK, so you are in Tahiti and can't find a Lowes, that is a good excuse. Otherwise, buy a good china bristle brush and go slowly for a really nice finish.
I don't like the Cetol Gloss finish. Way too shiny and way to slippery!
Teak forever.

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Uncle Joey says, if the screw won't go all the way in, you are not using a big enough hammer!
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