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Re: Teak Oil vs Varnish vs Cetol
Depends upon the application. Cetol Natural (used to be Armada before Sikkens bought the company) is probably the best color of the Sikkens line-up. The original is very orangy and the light has too little UV protection. We had been using Original Cetol with clear gloss Cetol on top which provides a hard, clear coat on top of Cetol Original which is kind of soft. We used that combination as we have a lot of teak and we don't want to redo it all. The gloss flakes off of the Original but the Original alone is too soft and wears away too easily.
We are now using Semco Goldtone and like it much better. It is thin and soaks in to the teak where Cetol sits on top. It seems to me that the teak will be protected better if the sealer soaks in to the wood. We are more pleased with the color of the wood but don't know how it will last. We need to put 4 coats on but since it goes on easily, that is no problem.
My thoughts are always on "what happens when the sealer or treatment needs to be reapplied?" My perception with Cetol is that it has to be sanded off, similar to varnish when it starts to degrade. Now it is EASIER to sand off than varnish but still... From my understanding, there is NO need for sanding Semco off. Time will tell but so far I am more pleased with Semco Goldtone (second highest UV protection in Semco color line up).
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Last edited by Gladrags1; 04-20-2012 at 05:21 PM.