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Watco

Thanks Quick!

What I decided to do after talking with the contractor who built the home (we have a good working relationship and he listens; the owner is nice but doesn't listen when I tell him something he needs to know).

When I went to get the products I talked to the guys who specialize in wood care----they do this kind of work regularly---they said their understanding is that there are products soooooo much better than Watco and showed me the can where it says that (in VERY tiny print) not intended for use on decks---can't remember the exact words but it is mostly for vertical surfaces----not strong enough to stand up to the traffic and weather extremes these folks have. One of the guys at the store heartily agreed and recommended Sikkens (sp) with Cetol. I spoke with guys at two Marine stores, last week, about the maintenance of Teak and they wondered why we would be using Watco when there are newer, better products available. (I thot that they just wanted to sell me their brand).

So the deck looks good----clean, naked and ready to finish. I just have to speak with the owner tomorrow when he gets back and see if he is willing to consider a change of products. He seems to think that this is the only and best for his decks.

What do you guys think of Watco?

This is 3,000+ sf of decking-one year old, only had a few coats of Watco over the past year. The weather at the TOP of Santa Barbara, Ca. is either wet drippy fog or VERY warm sun. I think they are going to spend a fortune using Watco when they can use something else with better results and SAVE $$$.

You have all been great---thanks so much.

Happy sailing!
Mel
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Do not use the sikkens Cetol! A client of mine used this on a mahogany entry way and it turned it into a skateing rink when wet.
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Not that it really matters, are we talking about boat decks, or a deck (porch) on a house? Either way, Sabre66 is spot on - Marine Cetol is not the product - Too much gloss and thus slippery. That said, Sikkens (the maker of Marine Cetol) makes other products for house decks also called Cetol, (Cetol DEK). Here's the problem - The sun is the enemy - Anything that lasts has pigment and obscures the look of the wood. Anything that shows off the wood doesn't last. I almost can't imagine being able to afford a teak deck on my house, but if I had them I would not put any finish on them. A periodic scrubbing (across the grain) will restore the golden brown color. I've used a product called Penofin (Oil Wood Finish), but like most transparent finishes, it doesn't last forever (or even very long).

If you play your cards right, you could land yourself a lifetime maintenence contract.
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