Features April 2008 Issue

Practical Sailor’s Exterior Wood Coatings Test Continues

Interlux and Semco top list for ease of application among eight teak oils and sealers for boats.

Most of us have a soft spot for a boat with fresh, beautiful brightwork on a teak deck—unless it’s your boat. Than the brightwork is just that: work—something that is synonymous with boat maintenance. In this, our fourth installment in our ongoing look at exterior wood finishes, Practical Sailor focuses on the application of teak oils and sealers. Testers evaluated eight products for ease of preparation, ease of application, number of coats recommended, recoat time, and finish. The products were: Daly’s Seafin Teak Oil, Deks Olje No.1, Interlux Premium Teak Oil, Le Tonkinois Huiles Bio Impression, MDR Amazon’s Golden Teak Oil, Semco Teak Sealer, Star brite Premium Golden Teak Oil, and Star brite Tropical Teak Sealer. The Interlux Premium Teak Oil and Semco ranked as the top easy-to-apply teak oils. The inexpensive Star brite’s Premium Golden Teak Oil got the Budget Buy nod. Ratings were for initial results only as we wait for results from the second part of the evaluation, the durability test, for the final rankings. Long-term test may find that the more difficult a product is to apply, the longer it lasts. Also included in the search for a long-lasting wood finish are dozens of one-part varnishes, two-part varnishes, synthetic wood coatings, and wood stains. Stay tuned to see which products make the all-star list of the best wood finishes.

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