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Having just used Bristol Finish on our hand rails on the cabin top as an experiment I am not impressed with the way this product applies either. It is not an epoxy based product but a urathane product and smells a lot like nasty nail polish. I like the way it looks and feels but I will see how well it holds up to the elements.
I am done with varnish which ends up being a nearly full time job on my boat and Cetol is my new favorite: Natural Teak that is. Looks nice, easy to apply and not really stinky (I liked the smell of Schooner varnish too) as well as not so damned expensive but does require annual maintenance instead of monthly with varnish. Who has time for putting 8 coats on anything? Do we live in Siberia or something?
There are a lot of folks who seem to think that Epiphanes makes a great varnish. I have not tried it and I can't believe that it is much more reliable then the Interlux Schooner I was using. My guess is that these folks are dock queens and do not spend much time actually sailing their boats.
Life is short, wood is wood and my hair is probably getting grayer like the teak on my boat.
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