Cetol is my new friend
I'm running an experiment this year.* All the brightwork on my boat is varnish (Interlux 95).* I've had trouble with some*areas regarding the finish lifting at joints.* I love the look of varnish and don't mind the maintenance, but the lifting was a problem.* The bridge deck edge-trim (don't know what else to call it) was in poor shape, so I stripped it last summer with a heat gun (8 hrs, not bad), sanded and refinished with 3 coats of Cetol Light.* I will apply maintenance coats starting this spring only with Cetol gloss.
Over the winter I also refinished the transom gate (teak top, bottom, and both sides) with 2 coats Cetol Light and 3 coats of Cetol gloss.* Again, all maintenance coats from here on out will be Cetol Gloss.
I've used Cetol before on a previous boat.* I love the breathability of the coating; never had it lift.* It looks quite nice when first applied, though not the deep rich gloss of varnish.* But after 4-5 years of maintenance coats, the wood acquires quite a build-up of pigment and it begins to look like brown paint.* I'm hoping the Gloss over Light approach will avoid this.* I ran the approach by Sikkens Tech Support, and they said it should be fine.* We'll see.
For now, the cap rail will remain varnish; that's a huge expanse to strip, and it looks mostly great. Ditto for the aft cabin door.* If the gate and bridge deck trim look good by the end of the season, I may strip and refinish the eyebrow on the forward cabin.
-- Edited by jethrobd on Monday 29th of March 2010 03:18:14 AM