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I have had varying results with epoxying teak. Teak is oily, so adherence is iffy. Sand it, clean it with acetone, and then put on at least a couple of coats of epoxy, sanding in between coats, and THEN, because epoxy needs UV protection, you are still going to have to lay on the usual varnish schedule, ie: 5 coats or better, 8 coats is really minimum. Look, damn few people do a full 8 coats (hell, few do 5) and then they bitch about how often they have to touch up their brightwork. Frankly, I don't think the epoxy buys you anything as far as saving time or money, and it certainly does the wood no favours.
If you care about how your boat looks and admire a job well done, bite the bullet, and do a proper job of sanding and varnishing. With the right materials and weather you can "hot coat" your brightwork and get 8 coats on in a long weekend. Done properly, it will last you a couple of years with occasional touch ups.
Or, slap on some Cetol. (*shudder*)
IMOPO, Cetol is nautical pancake makeup, and it makes your boat look like the anchor of your local newscast. It looks great in pictures but up close it's orangey, fake, and hides more than it illuminates.