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I began using Teakguard in a comparison test against Armada (Cetol-like teak treatment) last season. Result: I like Teakguard overall and will continue to use it on my boat's teak exterior trim this year. My boat is kept on a mooring in the Northern Chesapeake Bay region during season, and is kept on the hard in off-season.
Background: In May 2008, I bought a small supply of Teakguard to "trial" it on my sailboat's cockpit teak floorboards. Application was easy, fast-drying and extremely easy to clean up afterwards. I wanted to see how it looked on the floorboards before applying it to the teak combing and toe-rail. After 3-4 coats I and my friend Mike checked it out. Mike said that the finish looked a little "plastic-y", like it had a plastic, unnatural looking coating on the wood. And in fact I agreed with him, it did have a kind of plastic sheen to it, even though the teak wood appeared to be well protected. Mike had just refinished the teak on his Alberg and offered me a can of "Armada Wood Finish Water Clear" that he had on hand from that job. He said that it would probably give a more natural looking finish to the teak. I took him up on his offer and applied four coats (which took a lot longer than Teakguard) to all of the remaining teak with the exception of the floor boards, which I decided would retain as Teakguard. By the way, I first sanded and cleaned the teak wood before applying the Armada.
By July, the first signs of bleaching and wear started showing up on the teak finished with Armada but not with the floorboard treated with Teakguard. In fact that plastic-y look actually faded and the wood looked more natural than immediately after initial application. But the most important result is that not a single spot of Teakguard wore away, while the Armada did. As an added test, I sanded off the Armada on one of the teak tread pads on the top of the cockpit coaming and applied just three coats of Teakguard. As of March 2009, the surfaces (floor board & tread pad) treated with Teakguard are a little faded and dirty, but the Armada is entirely faded and flaking off. My decision is to use Teakguard on all exterior teak surfaces. Less maintainance will hopefully translate into more leisure time on the water. I do not have a "classic" boat, nor do I aspire to follow brightwork traditions for tradition sake, but I do like to have a safe, clean and attractive sailing vessel. I'd recommend Teakguard.
Fast application with sponge brush
Liquid consistency gets into grain of wood
Fast drying time - 20 mins between coats on a dry day
Soap and water clean-up
No flaking of finish, has uniform wear.
Not a high gloss finish like varnish
Slightly unnatural looking finish (plastic look eventually dulls down)