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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-05-2008 10:15 PM
ericroline The old Cetol utilizes iron oxide as a primary additive for enhanced UV protection. The other less opaque versions are good, but the original has the longest lasting protection. A mater of choice, bright work or the colour? What do you dislike the most?
06-06-2008 12:36 AM
KeelHaulin The finish can start to lift at edges where water can get beneath the finish; so if you can paint the backside of the wood with a sealing coat or two to prevent water from getting beneath the finish. If it does start to lift you can sand it back and then put some touch up of the base coat; followed by clear. I don't think the lifting is specific to the clear coat; it's just the same as any other finish when it comes to delamination due to water working in.

I am switching over to the Natural Teak. My coaming, hatches, handrails, traveler are done with Light and will stay that way until I decide I want to go through the hard work of sanding them down and re-finishing them. For now they look great (well until the newly finished hatch boards and locker doors go in).

I'm wondering what can be done to prevent the finish from pulling away from the dark grain? Seems that even if wiped down with acetone the finish will not sit flat on the surface after it dries a bit. Any info on how to get the cetol to remain smooth?
05-22-2008 11:05 PM
camaraderie Ditto that...no lifting in YEARS of full time cruising. Go with the gloss.
05-22-2008 07:54 PM
TrueBlue tommy,
In my experience using Cetol Light for three full years - and a Cetol Clear (gloss) for an overlap of two seasons - total of 2 clearcoats, never did I see any signs of it lifting.

The Clear serves two purposes; being a bit harder than the minimum base of 3 coats of the heavy body, semi-translucent Cetol, it provides a protective clearcoat and prevents a gradual build-up of solid body paint. At least one maintenance coat is necessary each year - so after a few years regular Cetol will become less translucent and more opaque.

The Clear however, is softer than varnish, so if it ever gets scuffed - retouch the scared area immediately, first with Natural (Light, or Original), then another coat of Clear. Otherwise the teak will blacken.
05-22-2008 06:49 PM
tommyt OK, I ordered the Natural Cetol and Gloss after reading this thread through a couple of weeks ago. Then I see that Gloss can lift!

So, I am just doing companionway boards. They were originally done with Cetol light, NO gloss. They lasted 4 years and I was happy with the product. I have started the Cetol project with a first coat to one side, and am looking at a six day project to get three coats of Cetol on. I like the color so far.

Question? Other than the gloss look, what do I gain with the gloss? These three boards are in a pocket when not in use. They do rub together, but the old Cetol finish looked just fine for the four years. I am not a varnish snob obviously, so please give me a reason not to take the gloss back to the store if there is one.
05-13-2008 12:36 PM
fishboyneil Looks very nice. I believe the beverage may be safe unless you're expecting rough seas in the parking lot.
05-12-2008 06:10 PM
T37Chef
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Originally Posted by nk235 View Post
The boat I just bought has a decent amount of teak on it. Its all in great shape as has been done with Cetol although I do not know which color. I plan on doing a very light sanding and applying another coat as preventative maintenance so it keeps on shining. I can easily ask the previous owner what color it is but would I be able to use the new Natural Cetol for my new coat I am going to add on? I def do not want to strip it all and re-apply the natural cetol to bare wood as the cetol that is already on there is in great shape and I am only adding this extra coat as a once year maintenance thing. Should I just go with the same color thats on there or should I try the new stuff?



Thanks,
Nick
Just use the gloss.
05-12-2008 06:06 PM
T37SOLARE For a maintenance coat, you should just use the Cetol gloss.

As for telling the Cetol colors apart it's kind of like this:
Original = Dark opaque brown
Light = Orangeish semi transparent
Natural = Golden transparent

All the above will be a dull matte finish and will become "semi" glossy with the top coats of the clear gloss.

HTH
05-12-2008 06:05 PM
TrueBlue
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get it...cool
Got 6 of those Chef - both reg & tall neck . . . 2 each from Mexico, Key West and Bermuda.

We don't leave the dock w/o our bottle coozies. ( I'll take a few pics and post 'em later )
05-12-2008 05:56 PM
nk235 The boat I just bought has a decent amount of teak on it. Its all in great shape as has been done with Cetol although I do not know which color. I plan on doing a very light sanding and applying another coat as preventative maintenance so it keeps on shining. I can easily ask the previous owner what color it is but would I be able to use the new Natural Cetol for my new coat I am going to add on? I def do not want to strip it all and re-apply the natural cetol to bare wood as the cetol that is already on there is in great shape and I am only adding this extra coat as a once year maintenance thing. Should I just go with the same color thats on there or should I try the new stuff?



Thanks,
Nick
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