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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Varnish seems to be much softer than Cetol and does give itself up to heat pretty readily. Cetol not so much although some do try to use heat. It is the relative hardness of Cetol that seems to make it more seseptable to scraping. I recently did a 10' long 3.5" wide teak grab-rail in about 15 minutes with a good quality scraper that pulled the Cetol and did very little damage to the underlying wood, which needed only a few minutes with 220 sandpaper. Frankly, the only thing I've come across that seems to damage Cetol is bird poop. Here in southwest Florida we seem to have a lot of Ospreys of late and their waste is very damaging--hence the need to redo our grab-rails.
Others may (certainly will) disagree with the foregoing but that has been my and a couple of my dock-mates experience. (A couple of us get together and share the cost of a quart of Cetol Gloss each Spring, and colored Cetol when necessary.)
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."