Does anyone out there know of a finish that has the look and texture of oil yet protects a little better? Many of you probably rolled your eyes on an earlier post where I described finishing all my white oak brightwork with a homespun rubbing varnish made of spar varnish thinned 50% with mineral spirits. Yes, a few coats of this does seem to protect against water and dirt a little better than the linseed oil I applied the previous year but it also rubs away fairly easily from abraision of lines, oars, shoes, etc. I suppose it is like one coat of straight varnish applied in many thinned down coats. I am still resistant to the concept of six or eight coats of varnish on a vessel derived from working vessels, but there is no better protection for brightwork. (Yes I do realize that 'brightwork' and 'working vessel' look pretty dumb in the same paragraph)
I was wondering if there are any viable options in between. Do any of the Sikkens Cetol products work very well? Im trying to avoid the glossy encapsulated wood look. Is there another magical mixture that I can concoct? The linseed oil/turps/varnish mix I used last year looked ( and smelled) awesome but could not be built up thick at all without a gummy film. How about applying a couple of coats of varnish for its protective properties, sanding it flat and wiping a thin layer of linseed oil on top of that?
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions