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gwp 12-05-2003 12:56 PM

sikkens cetol question
I have made new companionway boards from heart pine. I know.....I should have used teak but it''s so costly and I had some very tight grain virgin pine 1x8''s. Anyway...I am trying to determine if cetol would be ok to use on pine or if I should use something else. Any thoughts appreciated...Gary

WHOOSH 12-05-2003 09:11 PM

sikkens cetol question
Gary, a friend was tired of going up his two masts (spruce, I believe) twice a year and revarnishing, so he stripped the main mast and applied Cetol. This was after he and I ran a test with a 4'' pine board for 14 months, to see how different layers of Cetol sealer and sealer + gloss would hold up. It seemed to work well on the board, and he''s satisfied with doing a once/year maintenance run, altho'' in the end I think he just went with the sealer. The spar looked fine and, given the older, darkened varnish on the mizzen, the difference was not that noticeable.


RichardElliott 12-08-2003 07:36 PM

sikkens cetol question
Be sure to carry at least a half gallon of extra mineral oil for the inevitable leaks! After rebedding the PVC twice with epoxy and still mopping up mineral oil off the carpet, I purchased a new transducer and bedded it in epoxy inside the hull. Be careful of air bubbles in the epoxy, but it works great.

gwp 12-09-2003 04:33 AM

sikkens cetol question
Thanks Jack.....At least now I know someone has had success with it on pine. I will probably pass on the gloss too.....Gary

DirtManly 12-21-2003 05:02 PM

sikkens cetol question
I found something i like even better than Cetol. I''ve been using Honey Teak. It looks like varnish and according to Practical Sailor lasts longer than Cetol. I did my hatch boards 1 1/2 years ago and they still look as good as the day i finished and i''m in South Carolina. Our local climate eats varnish very quickly.
Good Luck
PS: Honey teak will work on almost any wood.

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