Originally Posted by Frozensurfer
...I was going to use cetal natural teak just to protect it and make it easy to clean.
Any suggestions comments?
I second your intuition. If the teak is brightwork (teak handholds, cap rail, hatch frames, etc) use Cetol. It is easy to apply, and very resistant to the elements - UV, saltwater, abrasion, etc. It can
produce a very nice look for the brightwork - not
varnish spectacular, but a good, lazy man's alternative.
I have had Cetol on the handholds and cap-rails for 8-seasons now, with an annual light sanding and reapplication of 2-coats of Cetol Gloss (un-pigmented). This year I am taking it down to bare wood and have coated it with 3-coats of Cetol Light and will finish with 2-coats of Cetol Gloss. I expect another 8-seasons out of that with annual updates.
I urge you not
to use the linseed oil. It will build up to a sticky mess that will retain all the grit and dirt that it comes in contact with eventually blackening.
For deck teak, I agree that it should be left natural and cleaned 2-3 time a season with a dilute mixture of Clorox in water to kill mildew. Alternatively, try OxyClean, it does a great job of cleaning the deck and killing off the mildew/mold.