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george nagy posted 02-25-2002 05:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
Well I'm tired of the cetol finsh on my gunnel caps. I have refinished it several times and it seems to last a shorter and shorter amount of time. I do like it for the trim on the doors and other parts that are not in the sun and water constantly. I think spoilling gas also degrades the cetol finish. I want to return to teak oil and my question is how do I strip the cetol out of my teak without harming everything else?
The teak was deeply eroded to start so sanding really isn't the answer unless I remove 1/16" or so. At that rate I would rather remove them and plane them down again but that too is too much to do right now.
Any info would help. thanks
Tom W Clark posted 02-25-2002 05:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Scraping and sanding is exactly what you need to do. You want to level the grain down so it will hold less dirt and expose less surface area.

WSTEFFENS posted 02-25-2002 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for WSTEFFENS  Send Email to WSTEFFENS     
If you can take the wood off, send it out to a commercial furniture stripper. He will tank them, and then when you get it home wash your wood parts with lots of water & let dry very well. Then sand and finish as you wish. This is very time and money cost effective as you don't have any of the problems of removal and just the fun part.


RWM posted 02-26-2002 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Last year I refinished the teak on my console and put on 5 coats of Cetol Satin. I like the look. I now have my RPS apart and the teak sanded to smooth clean wood. My plan is to put it back together and coat it with Cetol. The hatch cover is also sanded smooth and ready for Cetol. I live on Cape Cod, trailer the boat (Montauk), and keep the console and seat covered when not in use. I expected to get many years out of the Cetol with only minor touch up. Tell me it's so...or I'm going to oil it up...Bob M.
ffk posted 02-28-2002 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
My personal experience with Cetol satin has been very good. I stripped varnish from windows and doors as well as restored badly weathered and oiled coverboards on my Egg Harbor. I had the boat for almost 5 years with only minor retouching from wear. It still looked good but was in need of light sanding and recoating when I sold the boat. The new owner had the marina do the work and it still looks great almost 2 years later. My new project is an Albin trawler which has more teak than imaginable, and it was not taken care of by the prior owner. I refinished the toe rails and handrails last season with Cetol Light satin. I am anticipating good results again. Many boats at our marina have been done with Cetol and there are no complaints. BTW, I did the teak console on my '72 Outrage in Cetol and have had many compliments on it.
Pat Smith posted 03-08-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
I've also heard good things about cetol(sikkens).I'm thinking about using it on my Outrage.I've just put some on my front porch,kind of a test to see how well it works.Would love some in put-Pat Smith
Bigshot posted 03-08-2002 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot order to test it you have to apply it on something. Putting the can on your front porch will not do any good:)
sorcerer posted 03-08-2002 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer    
Pat Smith, I think you'll be happy with it on your porch.

Neighbor down the road a piece used it on their front porch (1800's farm house with some ginger bread trim)on the tongue and groove spruce flooring, it gets about 6 to 8 hours a day sun/rain on the outer few feet. It still looks great after 6 years! Though the area from the steps to front door appears now to need touched up from traffic wear. The nice part about the t&g you can rent a big pad sander with open mesh 150 grit, zip over the porch in little time and slap on another couple of coats pretty fast with minimal hassle.

They now make a lighter color formula, the original turned some off some folks because it darkened the wood to much for their liking.

OutrageMan posted 03-08-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for OutrageMan  Send Email to OutrageMan     
Asthetically I am not fond of Cetol. My swim platform had it. I don't like the opaque quality it has. It almost made the teak look pasticized. I guess you can call me a purist.


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