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Pat Smith posted 09-07-2000 09:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for Pat Smith   Send Email to Pat Smith  
Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of using Sikkens Cetol Marine on teak.(appearance,durability,application,etc)And how does it compare to using Varnish or Wood Oils.(Great forum,not a day go's by that I don't pull it up,to read the latest advice)
David Reid posted 09-08-2000 09:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
Go to the Repairs/Mod site, set the days counter to 100, then pull up the string started by Tom Byrum on "Best Finish for Teak". Last entry was dated 8/9/00. Got a lot of good info and a testamonial or two regarding Cetol. Great product, in my opinion.
David Reid posted 09-08-2000 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
Just remembered, go check the Cetacea photo gallery for pic no. 17. Dan Firth's gorgeous 18' is finished with Cetol Marine. My own results with the product look similar to Dan's (but without Dan's cool custom cabinetry!).
lhg posted 09-08-2000 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Boston Whaler always always (and still does) recommended that the teak on their boats be oiled. The problem that I have with Sikkens that the teak tends to have an orange cast to it. My continuing recommendation is to either oil or varnish.
Barry posted 09-08-2000 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barry  Send Email to Barry     
Check out West Marine's West Advisor section and look at the Wood Finishes page:

David Reid posted 09-08-2000 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
Without a doubt, this is a dealer's choice issue. If you like to oil, scrub, chemically clean, periodically strip and sand teak, man, knock yourself out and use a good oil. It's attractive and many folks' preference, including the B/W people's. Without varnish, the alternative to all that upkeep is a dirty-looking rig after 4 to 6 months. We've done all that for years but decided to varnish when we moved up to a teak-covered 18'. Just too much to keep after. The color in the Cetacea pic of Dan's 18' is very close to actual, so you can decide whether or not you like the Sikkens color and finish from there. I chose Sikkens over marine varnish principally because of varnish's tendency to crack and check with age. It gets brittle as it gets older (like some of us!). I refinish a lot of furniture, and have definate opinions about varnishes, etc. The Cetol does run to an "orange/tan" tint. Having seen it on a friend's rig, though, and finding that it is a very thin, penetrating oil (like tung oil, the way I like it), I decided to go with it. It's known for being extremely tough. It remains flexible so it won't check with age. After eight months of heavy Gulf-coast fishing, the finish has held up beautifully to normal wear. And the few scrapes have been easily repaired with a light spot sanding and several spot coats of Sikkens, minutes of maintenance so far, not hours as would be the case with oil. There's my two cents. Good luck!
Pat Smith posted 09-09-2000 04:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
Thanks for the advice guys,I've learned alot sense I joined this forum.
bigz posted 09-09-2000 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Wash with 25% muriatic acid in water... scrub and flush well... when dry , coat with a mixture of about 25% automatic transmission fluid (ATF - dextron)and Kerosene (K1 if available) ... this is assuming you don't have it already gunk'd up with varnish or polyurethane -- this recipe was passed on to me by an old old Whaler sailor ---- good luck and wear rubber gloves - --- smells great and an added bonus keeps the bugs away until it dries --- chuckle
kingfish posted 09-09-2000 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Uuuuh, Tom...
You been using that application in enclosed spaces, maybe ???

With all due respect, etc., etc.


lhg posted 09-11-2000 12:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I give up. You guys are beyond hope! No wonder Whaler stopped using teak!
dfmcintyre posted 09-11-2000 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Heck, I'm not even gonna go through the varnished teak door on this thread!


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