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Wrinkled Canvas

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Red Dog, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Red Dog

    Red Dog New Member

    After applying finish coat, 2 weeks passed and canvas wrinkled vertically
    and horizontally. Any advice?
  2. davelanthier

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Wet wood?

    I had this happen once because the wood was still holding moisture when I canvased it . With the canvas filler applied the wood shrank in about a week but the canvas didn't . I tried many things but recanvasing the canoe once again was the only remedy .
  3. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Before you give up and recanvas it, try loosening the canvas at the sheer line, two or three ribs at a time, pull it tight and reattach it. Start in the center and work systematically toward the bow and stern. I lucked out and did not have to un-tack the stems. I've had to do this on two occasions after canvasing and filling in high humidity.
  4. Douglas Ingram

    Douglas Ingram Red River Canoe & Paddle

    This happens often enough. Let it get cold and the canvas will equalize its tautness, then stabilize. If that doesn't work, retighten like Dave says.

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