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Zinsser Watertite or ?

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Scot T, May 21, 2008.

  1. Scot T

    Scot T LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I've been reading some of the posts where a few members have tried Zinsser Watertite Mould & Mildew-Proof Waterproofing Paint as a filler. I'm just about to canvas a 14' Huron and was thinking of giving it a try. My problem is that I am having a bit of a time finding it in my local paint/hardware stores. They will order it in but that will take 3-5 weeks, which kind of defeats the purpose for trying it in the first place. I'm looking for something fast, cheap and good (as mentioned in some of the posts). If I have to wait that long just to get it, I might just as well use the regular filler. The canoe will be in the water sooner.

    However, I did come across two other brands that seem very simular and I'm wondering if anyone has tried either or if any of the chemists out there can tell if it's close by looking at the ingredients list?

    Zinsser Watertite

    Behr Basement & Masonry Waterproofing Paint #875

    Curecoat Basement & Masonry Waterproofing Paint

    I'm told that Behr makes the Curecoat but it does look a bit different on paper. Maybe it's just the wording.
  2. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    hi Scott

    I'd check the product to make surre it has a smooth finish. Some use a silica filler that is gritty and your canoe will be like sand paper. it is possible to then sand it down and get a somewhat smooth finish but I wouldn't. I learned by using a test panel. i got that sealer from home Depot but cannot tell you the brand and it was gritty.

    the Zinsser is smooth, oil based and mildewcidal. too bad you can't get it sooner. the website does have a store locator function that includes B.C. if you scroll down far enough. the regular stuff is a no risk option. anything else and you are experimenting.

    I like Zinsser and Traditional. use them both. but not mixed together.
  3. OP
    Scot T

    Scot T LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Thanks Dave. I'll be sure to check the product before using it. Good point.

    I tried the store finder but it doesn't seem to work properly as it only pops up US locations with the same town name as mine. Oh well.

    I could use the traditional filler for sure. I do have a couple cans on hand as well as all the fixins to make more but I was hoping for something faster for these two Hurons I'm working on. As I mentioned in another post, I have a few too many boats at the moment and need to get a couple out the door so I can free up shop space for other "Paying" projects that are looming. It's amazing how much space a couple 14-16 foot canoes take up in a 600 sq. ft. workshop. And my storage shed is full of canoes too.:eek:

    If I cannot find any Watertite soon I'll look at the other brands and post any results. In the mean time traditional might be the way to go.

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