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05-22-2013 03:32 PM
Re: Don't sand first!

Does the teak last longer if you only apply oil to it? Whatever little teak I have I oil once a year at the most. It seems to be very practical and it does not look bad at all to me.
05-22-2013 12:29 PM
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I always liked Bristol Finish, but they had seemed to shut down operations over the winter. It looks like West Marine has it in stock again. Easy to apply, looks much like varnish and can recoat in one hour. A touch of acetone as thinner is advised.

Like all brightwork finishes (and I mean all), they do not like to get moisture underneath.
05-22-2013 11:09 AM
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Cetol Natural Teak is about the same as varnish, It's thick and rubber like when drying.
05-22-2013 10:54 AM
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I like gray if it is clean.

The regime I try to use but sometimes I don't:

Clean the teak. Then use Deks Olje #1 to oil and protect it. Protects and is pretty for a couple of months. Slowly grays but teak doesn't erode too much because of the oils and hardeners in the Deks. Each spring use lots of water and a green scrubbing pad to clean and repeat.
05-22-2013 07:57 AM
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All of my brightwork is bare and gray. I've been agonizing over how to get started.

I'm pretty sure that I don't want the expense and work of varnish, but I can't decide between oil or Cetol. I've heard all the complaints about Cetol's odd color, and then I've heard about how newer flavors of Cetol have a much more natural look.

The one thing that I do know, is that I hate the gray, weather beaten look.

Sigh. What to do.
05-22-2013 07:25 AM
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Just curious. Was told years ago on decks leave bare but varnish/cetol elsewhere. Teak grain is softer then the surrounding wood. Reason it was used on decks was due to this uneven wear it makes great non skid. Avoid teak cleaners as they chew out the grain faster. Even when new or recent holystoned when it gets wet same slightly uneven surface is generated. In past many sailors did not wear shoes under way and bare wood decks ( teak or oak) were kinder on their feet and not slippery like paint. If left bare elsewhere with dry wet and freeze thaw cycles it will split. Personally went with the clorox bottle look after decades of pulling epiphanes but well done brightwork is truly a thing of beauty.
05-21-2013 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Yeah, I used to say that about the awful orange stuff. But the natural teak and clear topcoat are a very good combo - more resilient than varnish, easier to apply. So BJ, I understand your reaction, but on this one I'd ask you to keep an open mind. The product has come a long way.
05-21-2013 09:26 PM
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05-21-2013 09:17 PM
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I wasn't clear, Denise, did your Cetol only last two seasons with or without the gloss?
04-10-2013 12:44 PM
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I with Denise on this. Last year I found one of these scrapers in the local sherwin williams store. I almost didn't buy it cause it was $30. I'm glad I didn't cheap out (out of charactor for me)the best tool on the boat now. With a little heat it made short work of stripping my teak cabintop handrails with cetol on them, every little corner and crevise is clean. And every where else that had cetol is now clean.

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