Features October 2007 Issue

Practical Sailor's Exterior Wood Coatings Test Continues for Inexpensive Wood Finish for Boats

Practical Sailor testers find the synthetics and stains application a welcome respite from the sanding, thinning, and mixing drudgery of varnish application.

This round of testing included familiar wood protection products like Interlux’s Cetol Marine and Marine Light , West Marine’s WoodPro Plus, WoodPlus Marine, Amazon’s Teak Lustre, Ace’s Wood Royal stains, and Deks Olje stains. Products new to our tests were Teak Guard, TeaQua, and Interlux’s Cetol Marine Natural Teak. Picking the best marine wood coating for your boat largely depends on your needs, your taste, and your patience. Synthetic coatings and stains are the perfect prescription for the average sailor who wants a product that looks good and protects well, without the fuss of more traditional coatings and without the knee-bruising cleaning teak oils require. They won’t have the classic look of a meticulously applied hard varnish—and in our opinion, the jury’s still out on whether they’re as durable as two-part varnishes—but for ease of application, no other type of wood coating can compare.

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