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Questions for a first time restore of Chestnut Prospector

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Nils, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. Nils

    Nils New Member

    Hi all, I am new here and will be re-canvassing my chestnut prospector that is in great need of so. I would like to paint the boat the "chestnut grey" colour and am wondering where is the best place to hopefully get something close to it? A recommendation of the brand of paint would be much appreciated as well. I am located in Vancouver, Canada if that helps.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Try Fisheries Supply in Seattle.
    They sell several brands of topside paint.
    I know that they sell Marshall’s Cove grey marine enamel.
  3. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

  4. Pook

    Pook Chestnut Canoe fan


    I am the proud owner of an unrestored 1971 Chestnut grey Prospector Fort.
    I can confirm that Chestnut Grey is a grey-green colour .

    In his book "This Old Canoe", Mike Elliott gives paint mixes for Chestnut canoe colours using computerized colour matching system in his local paint shop.
    If you can't find a copy of the book I can pull out the formula.

    Good luck !
  5. OP

    Nils New Member

    Hi Bruce, what a beautiful boat. I believe mine is from around the same time as yours, though not in the pristine shape like yours. I would really appreciate it if you could help me out with the formula, I would love to paint my boat the classic colour like yours.

  6. Pook

    Pook Chestnut Canoe fan


    I got lucky and picked this up from original owner- along with all his original order and bill of sale info. His family has lovingly maintained it for 40 years but determined it was too heavy for family camping anymore.
    Their loss- my great gain!

    Attached are the paint formulas as determined by Mike Elliott. As noted earlier, I'd highly recommend this to anyone restoring a Wood/ Canvas canoe, especially a Chestnut!

    This is taken from page 153 in "This Old Canoe":
    Chestnut Colours (2).jpg
  7. Claude Delisle

    Claude Delisle Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Mike Elliott informed me that these paint formulas are for Home Hardware paint.

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