Have had very poor luck getting varnish
to last in the tropics. It gets dinged up and begins to haze over quickly begging for more coats before you know it. If you get a bit lazy, you have to take it back to barewood and start over which is not fun having to do 5-6 coats. Seems if I wanted varnished bright work
would either have to hire it done and maintained or sign an indentured servitude to the Master teak
Tried Sikkens Cetol some years back and it looked decent from 15' and lasted nearly two years before needing a recoat. Still didn't like that orange color which was the only way it came back then. After my 14th nervous breakdown with Epifanes varnish, decided to try Cetol Natural Teak
. It's a lot more transparent than the old Cetol and doesn't make your woodwork look like a pumpkin. Have only tried it in a few places but will become a total Cetol boat
if it lasts for more than a year without recoating. It's a lot more transparent than regular Sikkens and looks good from 5' though it still doesn't meet the closeup looks of varnish but I can live with it. Haven't tried the gloss finish coat but hear good things about that.