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Varnish?

I will be getting new mahogany seat covers for my cockpit lockers tomorrow from a good friend of mine. What should I use to refinish them. I have used Cetol before, but generally not to happy with it.
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Varnish

Personally I would use a good quality Spar varnish. 3-4 coats with a rub down with a fine scouring pad between coats. Looks better than Cetol when you are done and very easy to maintain. Probably one new coat every year and it will stay looking very nice.

A quite touch up will fix any scrapes.
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I think Cetol is garbage cuz it looks like crap and it won't last more than half a season! (Watch the flood of emails from people who are willing to live with crappy looks for less work). The fact is that if you want it to look absolutely cherry and hold up all season you have to varnish it. There is no shortcut. I personally prefer Epiphanes.
With varnish, the initial work, (12-15 coats) is a marathon. However, once you do the hard work its easy to maintain if you stay on it.
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Agree with Gary re: spar varnish. If my boat didn't have so much brightwork (a virtual forest of teak), I would definitely use varnish - but I use Cetol Light, to have more time out on the water and less at dockside.

However, unless your season is just a few weeks long, with mahogany you will most likely need to recoat/sand twice every season after an initial 10 to 12 coats. Don't skimp on the initial coating or you'll be sorry next year.
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Surfesq - simultaneous posts. Yep, I'm willing to accept crappier looks for more sailing time.
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I also recommend Epifanes, but I use their gloss Woodfinish product with good results. You don't need to sand between coats so it builds up faster, and you only need 4-6 coats for it to last. Check the Epifanes website for info on all their products.I gave up on Cetol because with the yearly maintenance coats you can't tell you have teak under it after a couple of years. I know they have come out with Cetol Light but have heard that doesn't hold up any better than varnish -- so why not go with varnish to begin with? Can't beat the looks of it.
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Of course, some of us like sailing far more than maintenance and have cut the brightwork on the exterior of our boats to an absolute minimum, like me.
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Go with Epifanes, great stuff...irrespective of our only true sailor/lawyer(s) opinion...
you know, the "I've made the most expensive and therefore perfect for me and perfect for the rest of the world purchase, and if you don't follow my lead and do exactly as I have done, you're obviously a duma**") opinion.

(poke-poke-poke with a sharp stick, I'm feeling my post tosties this morning!)
The above comments are firmly tongue in cheek, I'm a teak oil man myself.
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Go with Epifanes, great stuff...irrespective of our only true sailor/lawyer(s) opinion...
you know, the "I've made the most expensive and therefore perfect for me and perfect for the rest of the world purchase, and if you don't follow my lead and do exactly as I have done, you're obviously a duma**") opinion.

(poke-poke-poke with a sharp stick, I'm feeling my post tosties this morning!)
The above comments are firmly tongue in cheek, I'm a teak oil man myself.
LOL... Pretty much for the whole post.
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