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Old 19-03-2015, 11:27   #1
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Cetol color

I don't want to start the debate about what teak finish to use. I was wondering if anyone has used Cetol Marine, Marine Light, or Natural Teak, and which is the closest to a bright finished, true Teak, not Plantation Teak color. After more than 30 years of varnish, I am done. I used it years ago on a rub strake on my Crealock 37, but since then they have refined it, and got away from the Orange color, but am not sure which is the one to use. I just want to sail, no more varnish.
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Old 19-03-2015, 11:43   #2
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Natural Teak looks like varnish.
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The one that has the least color added is the light, the natural has a brownish color in it.


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I don't want to start the debate about what teak finish to use. I was wondering if anyone has used Cetol Marine, Marine Light, or Natural Teak, and which is the closest to a bright finished, true Teak, not Plantation Teak color. After more than 30 years of varnish, I am done. I used it years ago on a rub strake on my Crealock 37, but since then they have refined it, and got away from the Orange color, but am not sure which is the one to use. I just want to sail, no more varnish.
We have been using Cetol Natural Teak for several years with good results and good appearance (given dock neighbors have complimented our "Varnish"). We applied two coats of the color to raw prepared wood and then 4 coats of clear gloss. A touch-up with clear gloss every 6-8 months is easy and keeps the finish looking good.

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Re: Cetol color

i like the color of the natural teak overcoated with the clear gloss. i would apply 2 coats of the natural teak and then go with a few coats of clear gloss to finish it off .. for maintenance use the clear gloss.
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i like the color of the natural teak overcoated with the clear gloss. i would apply 2 coats of the natural teak and then go with a few coats of clear gloss to finish it off .. for maintenance use the clear gloss.
Ditto on this, I refinished our cockpit table this way and it looks great...now to tackle the real job...

Once it's on the maintenance seems simple and I've seen a couple boats in the marina with the combo of "natural teak" with gloss on top and liked it. Also happy with how the table turned out, which was my test.
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Cetol color

Just did mine with Cetol Natural, it's a bit on the darker side of natural but not the Orange, maybe the lighter one if you want it lighter.
First is without any cetol, you can see the color on my Dorade best, and the house trim. Lastly the wave board is in Shade so it looks darker.
Make sure your teak is clean and with no black wood fungus, the Cetol will darken anything that's darker already.
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I've been using the natural for several years now and like the looks. Prior to that I used the original color and after many years of maintenance coating it took on a too dark appearance. The light has a orange color which I don't like. One thing that I found out is that using the gloss helps the finish to hold up to UV better. I put down three coats of natural and then two coats of the gloss. Maintenance coats are done with the gloss unless there is major rework involved.
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Re: Cetol color

I've been using Marine Cetol for almost 20 years and it's still the original coating. With an annual coating of Gloss it remains looking like varnish. Natural Teak Cetol has a pleasant brown teak look to it. I've been told that Light Cetol has white pigment added to make it appear lighter but not necessarily more translucent. The key is the Gloss maintenance coat.
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This is Cetal Marine Light with two coats of gloss after one year.
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I've had good results with two coats of the natural followed by two of clear. And the nice thing about Cetol is that you can put down two coats in one day, if the weather is good.
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Re: Cetol color

We use the Cetol Marine. Tried the Light once, but didn't like the results. However, our rails are Ironbark, a darker wood compared to teak. They are all the way around the boat, and massive. Teak looks nice with Cetol Marine, but Ironbark looks spectacular if there are no problems. We did have one can that gave us cloudy results a few days after application, but after some number of months (in the winter) the cloudiness disappeared. It has been suggested that was due to a higher level of water (as a contaminant)in the Cetol than should have been there. It apparently diffused out over time.
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We use the Cetol Marine. Tried the Light once, but didn't like the results. However, our rails are Ironbark, a darker wood compared to teak. They are all the way around the boat, and massive. Teak looks nice with Cetol Marine, but Ironbark looks spectacular if there are no problems. We did have one can that gave us cloudy results a few days after application, but after some number of months (in the winter) the cloudiness disappeared. It has been suggested that was due to a higher level of water (as a contaminant)in the Cetol than should have been there. It apparently diffused out over time.
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I understand that a major advantage of using Cetol is that it is a "breathable" coating, allowing moisture to migrate out of the wood.
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I stripped and re coated my boat last year and was very happy with the ease and resulting finish, it is thick enough to fill wood grain quickly and can be reapplied in consecutive coats quickly, with no additional sanding.


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