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Cetol® Marine Wood Finish

Bring out wood's natural shine!

Enhances and protects the natural beauty of interior and exterior wood. Semi-transparent finish prevents weathering and repels water. Easy to use just wash wood thoroughly and apply. Three coats are recommended for the first application, followed by annual touchups. Apply by brush only no sanding required. A fine orange-brown translucent finish is left use alone or with Cetol overcoat. Coverage: 85 sq.ft./qt. Quarts.

  • Recommended Usage: Exterior and interior, above water
  • Formulation: Synthetic wood finish
  • Application Method: Brush only (no sanding required between coats)
  • Number of Coats Recommended: Bare wood: three coats: previous Cetol finish: one coat annually
  • Drying Time: To touch: 3 to 4 hrs @ 68°F 65%RH: overcoat: 24hrs.
  • Color: Marine Light: Amber: Marine: Amber with Orange/Brown
  • Coverage: 85sq.ft./qt., 340sq.ft./gal.
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Cetol® Marine Satin Finish, "Marine Light" Color, Quart 579980 IVA290/QT
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$45.99

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Cetol® Marine Satin Finish, "Marine" Color, Gallon 161879 IVA300/1
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$152.99

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Cetol® Marine Satin Finish, "Marine" Color, Quart 539106 IVA300/QT
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$45.99

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Cetol® Marine Gloss Overcoat, Quart 243933 IVA315/QT
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$47.99

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Cetol® Marine Sealer, "Natural Teak" Color, Gallon 11034063 IVA316/1
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$152.99

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Cetol® Marine Finish, "Natural Teak" Color, Quart 8666026 IVA316/QT
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$45.99

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Product Description

Bring out wood's natural shine!

Enhances and protects the natural beauty of interior and exterior wood. Semi-transparent finish prevents weathering and repels water. Easy to use just wash wood thoroughly and apply. Three coats are recommended for the first application, followed by annual touchups. Apply by brush only no sanding required. A fine orange-brown translucent finish is left use alone or with Cetol overcoat. Coverage: 85 sq.ft./qt. Quarts.

  • Recommended Usage: Exterior and interior, above water
  • Formulation: Synthetic wood finish
  • Application Method: Brush only (no sanding required between coats)
  • Number of Coats Recommended: Bare wood: three coats: previous Cetol finish: one coat annually
  • Drying Time: To touch: 3 to 4 hrs @ 68°F 65%RH: overcoat: 24hrs.
  • Color: Marine Light: Amber: Marine: Amber with Orange/Brown
  • Coverage: 85sq.ft./qt., 340sq.ft./gal.

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SikkensCetol Marine Wood Finish
 
4.6

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (29)
  • Visually pleasing (23)
  • Protects well (22)
  • Weather proof (22)
  • Repels water (9)

Cons

  • Messy (4)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Wood trim (29)
  • Outdoors (18)
  • Indoor (8)
  • Wood surfaces (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (16), Advanced (14), Cruiser (5), Classic boat owner (4), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wish I had tried this years ago!

The only way to truly appreciate Cetol is to have experience with the tedium of varnish.

Varnish looks great, and will always be the gold standard, but Cetol is a reasonable...Read complete review

The only way to truly appreciate Cetol is to have experience with the tedium of varnish.

Varnish looks great, and will always be the gold standard, but Cetol is a reasonable substitute that looks quite good, and it's ease of application and maintenance make up for any possible shortcomings.

I am NOT a fan of the "Marine Light" version. I understand the look they're going for, but once you've seen it, it looks artificial and orange.

The regular "Marine" version I might be tempted to use on a toe rail, however it is not "translucent" as advertised and obscures the grain, but does have a pleasant dark brown color.

Now..."Natural Marine Teak" is remarkable. It allows the the grain to show, appearing genuinely translucent, and is a beautiful golden-brown substitute for the nightmares of varnish on both teak and mahogany. It looks - well - natural, with no hint of artificial color tint.

I recommend following the instructions precisely. Do not thin, and apply THIN coats, just enough to be sure the wood is wet. Dab some on, stretch it out with the grain, and don't let it pool or drip. When you can hear your brush, tip it off, and get more Cetol.

Three coats in three days, and your brightwork will look dynamite, especially for the minimum time and effort as opposed to traditional varnish.

If you're torn on which color to use like I was, after using all of them, I recommend only the "Natural Teak" variant.

One down side is that I've noticed tiny bubbles between coats. Sanding would solve that, but since it's not recommended by Interlux, and puts me back to might-as-well-just-use-varnish, I wait about a hour until the coat is still tacky, and go over it with a wet edge. Bubble problem solved.

If you have the time and mindset for varnish, you should probably stick with it. If you want an excellent product that mimics varnish without the fuss, three coats of Natural Marine Teak followed with two coats of Gloss will make you extremely happy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inconsistent performance

I had used this product since about 1998, when it was recommended. I had very good luck with it, and have been very satisfied all these years. The last two cans were different...Read complete review

I had used this product since about 1998, when it was recommended. I had very good luck with it, and have been very satisfied all these years. The last two cans were different - would not level the same, and took over a week to cure even in perfect shop conditions. I have a friend who has experienced the same trouble. Contacted Interlux with the batch numbers, but no help there - I returned the last can to West Marine. As much as I have enjoyed using this product in the past, I no longer can expect it to perform well for me, and have moved to other products.

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4.0

I have used this product for years.

By CB

from St. Petersburg, FL

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Protects Well
  • Weather Proof

Cons

  • Difficult to Use

Best Uses

  • Wood Trim

Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

Works good lasts a long time

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great outcome

By Ben

from FL

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Protects Well
  • Visually Pleasing
  • Weather Proof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Wood Trim

    Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

    Great product for older wood, have used this brand on the exterior and interior teak and mahogany...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Good product, providing it is applied properly.

    By Tom

    from Mandeville, LA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Best part is not having to sand between coats.

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wood Trim

      Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

      Teak trim, (lots of it) on I/P 37. Five coats of Cetol Marine, then three coats of Cetol Gloss. Time consuming, but looks great.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      Excellent product for protection

      By George

      from CT

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Protects Well
      • Weather Proof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wood Trim

        Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

        Don't use a nap roller regardless of the non-shedding claim. They all shed with this sticky product. Use foam then tip after rolling for a smooth finish.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        I would buy again and have recomended to others

        By Bob

        from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Protects Well
        • Visually Pleasing
        • Weather Proof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoor
          • Wood Trim

          Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

          I use the product on the mahogany transom and swim platform of my 10 meter Trojan International. The product protects and enhances the natural beauty of the wood without creating that " artificial" appearance created by some other products. This my 4th year with the product on my boat.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          My second can

          By Roy

          from Alexandria, Va

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Protects Well
          • Visually Pleasing
          • Weather Proof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoor
            • Wood Trim

            Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

            Easy to apply, just follow instructions

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            great product

            By hiliner

            from ct

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Visually Pleasing

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor

              Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

              used on a badly damaged teak dining table and it looks like new, worth every penny!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Teak is never easy

              By none

              from Boston area

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lasts a long time
              • Protects Well
              • Visually Pleasing
              • Weather Proof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wood Trim

                Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

                I have used this on my boat for years. I asked what the boatyard had been using, and this was it, so now I do it myself and save a few bucks. Teak is always a pain, it looks great when you do it right, looks terrible when you don't. There is a reason so many people use it. Do it once in the spring, and enjoy it for the rest of the year.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Product

                By Gary

                from Apollo Beach, Fl

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Protects Well
                • Visually Pleasing
                • Weather Proof

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoor
                  • Wood Trim

                  Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

                  Covered my teak grab rails. Holds up very well. A bit pricey, but does the job much better then other similar products that I have used.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Will use again

                  By Larry

                  from Monroe NC

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Don't last as long as it should
                  • Protects Well

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Use
                  • Not Durable

                  Best Uses

                  • Wood Trim

                  Comments about Cetol Marine Wood Finish:

                  Product thick, hard to prevent runs

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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