Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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I know there have been many threads on teak maintenance. I think this a bit different twist. The PO of my boat treated the cockpit sole and seats with what appears to be CETOL. It is orange looking and paint-like and GROSS!! Thankfully, the side decks are natural and look great, with some bright work on the toe rails and a few other accents.
I haven't gotten around to changing the cockpit for lack of two good solutions:
1. What is the best way to remove it? I've read heat gun, two part acid, sanding, etc. I can't get it straight.
2. The biggest advantage I see of the CETOL, which is probably why it's there, is it becomes bullet proof to traffic, spills, etc. I would like to keep that functionality, but with a less plastic painted on look. Oil is no good, as it will attract dirt. Is there a satin finish sealer that might work better and not change the inherent color or quality of the wood? Backup is to just go natural and ban red wine! Not sure I can pull it off.