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Picked out my next boat, but the owner has used Cetol too liberally on the teak for my taste. The Cetol was applied last season.

What''s the easiest way to get back to raw wood? Is that also the cheapest?
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I guess I would need to ask, ''What you are trying to accomplish by removing the Cetol?'' because that would control how much cetol that you have to remove and that would suggest the right method to use.

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Cgha33,

Well, you said you wanted to get down to bare wood. When I removed several years of accumulated Cetol a couple of years ago, I used a scraper, which worked very well. Best scraper I found to use is made by an outfit called Sanvik, or some such name. The cheaper Red Devil type work also, although not quite as well. The scraper will take the Cetol right off and you only need to do light sanding to recoat with your finish of choice.
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Flat blade floor scraper. Cheap ones are o.k., but you have to file the blade regularly. Keep it real sharp and try to remove only the finish and not the wood. I usually use a couple different sizes.
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I simply don''t like the color. It has a burnt orange look.

I''ve seen lighter hues -- more blond in tone -- on a Pearson and on a Hinckley Bermuda that I would like to duplicate.


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Hapy Sanding!

Some things are worse than orange.

Cetol Light is lighter in colour and may be useful to you. You will still have to remove much of the old coating.

Mike
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If you use a set of cabinet scrapers (you can get them at lowes or home depot) they are tempered steel plates with either straight or shaped edge you should be able to remove your problem don''t stay in one place to long or the cetol will get warm and flow into the grain some more. keep them sharp. by the way a piece of window glass will work also.Happy scraping an sanding
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you have a few options. each has its pros and cons:

1. scrape it. if you time is worth nothing to you its cheap as all you need to buy is the scraper.

2. heat gun. need to buy the heat gun so its more expensive than scraping. less time however. some say it drives compounds into the wood.

3. chemical stripper. works without much effort. can be messy. not sure how the cost stacks up against the other two.

good luck

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I took the Cetol off my teak several years ago when I switched to Armada, and used a Makita palm grip sander with 80 grit paper. The folks that originally turned on to Cetol had suggested 80 grit for prepping for Cetol, and it removes it nicely as well. The sander takes one-fourth of a standard sandpaper sheet, and it orbits so rapidly that it leaves a nice smooth finish. Easy to control, too.

FWIW, I much prefer the color of Armada to Cetol. I had used the original Cetol formulation, and it was too orangey for me. Though Armada has some pigments, the color is much more natural.
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We''ve used a Cetol Marine Light product, 2-3 coats covered by a Cetol Gloss and the result looks just like varish, except the finish is softer and will show wear in a year, but it can be touched up without starting over!
The net is a lower-overall-work finish that is close to the same quality.
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