Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Mandeville, LA
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I'm all about the easy maintenance. However, I can't stand the look of regular Cetol and, while I'm curious about them, that stigma has kept me from exploring some of their "natural" products that seem to be gaining acceptance.
The woodwork on my J/30 is really in need of varnish. It's almost bare and, while that's not a terrible look, I prefer brightwork. My last boat, a Pearson Triton, had beautiful mahogany coamings and lots of wood accents, so I kept that brightwork up. It seems a little silly fussing over brightwork on a J/30, though, which is why some of the "easy" products are appealing (so long as they don't have the look and texture of a pumpkin).
I told myself last year that I would redo the wood when it got cool. It didn't happen. Well, it's getting cool again and I need to do something. I may just go with traditional varnish. It isn't too bad if you keep after it.
One product I've had great results with is Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss. You don't have to sand between coats and the finish was very durable (I'm on the Gulf Coast).
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