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Painting The Gunwales

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Solly3, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. Solly3

    Solly3 New Member

    I am "repairing" (not restoring) a Wood and Canvas canoe - possibly a Chestnut Pal. I am not replacing the gunwales at this point but they have a few sections of different wood from a previous repair, and some sections repaired with PCWoody. Visually, I am thinking of painting them rather than varnishing them. The wood is currently bare and will be sanded smooth. Is this advisable? What product do you recommend?
     
  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Gunwales on a Chestnut Pal should be fairly easy to replace when you get around to it.
    In the mean time, prime them and paint them with a marine enamel or any exterior oil enamel paint.
    You would likely use a pint or less. Rustoleum would work.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Solly3

    Solly3 New Member

    I can't seem to find Rustoleum in a can in Ottawa. Would Tremclad work?
     
  4. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    I’m not familiar with Tremclad, but if it is an exterior enamel, it should work.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Solly3

    Solly3 New Member

    Aha! Tremclad is a Rustoleum product. When I select "wood" it offers only water based rust paint. I'll go and see what Home Depot have to say.
     
  6. ChipEttinger

    ChipEttinger New Member

    What about staining so they match them and then varnish. I'd hate to see them painted.
     

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