Cetol Vs Honey Teak
mmmm... I believe that "Smith & Co. 5 year clear" base coat is an epoxy. PS did a comparison a few years ago and rated "5 yr. clear" just below Honey Teak.
Honey Teak is for TEAK only. Dont apply to Iroko or other exotics.
My Honey teak job is now about 5yrs old and with minor repars will probably make it through this seasonl. Looks almost like varnish, can be buffed, repaired, etc. ... is damn expensive but when you amortize it over the lifetime comes out quite inexpensive ... and labor saving in comnparison to all the other coating that Ive tried.
--- I ''used to be'' a varnish fanatic.
Epoxy undercoats exposed to sun: unless you add a heavy UV protectant coat (of something or other), the wood surface cells beneath the epoxy WILL degrade/oxidize and promote lifting, expecially if the wood isnt totally encapsulated to prevent moisture/ water vapor saturation.