What Kirby paint numbers will match two-tone green?


student of canoes
I posted this on the Fans of WCHA FaceBook and everyone suggested Kirby for paint.
"I have a canoe project that's been sitting idle for waaaay too long. I need to get it finished! Can someone point me in the direction of where I can get authentic colored paint? Preferably in quart quantities. This is what I'm looking for:
Old Town design number 10, dark green body, bright green border, (with a 1/2" gold leaf stripe)."
Looking at their catalog of marine colors I fund many shades of green to choose from. Do any of you know which specific shades of green matches the original Old Town colors?

Benson Gray

Canoe History Enthusiast
Staff member
There are no PMS or CYMK color codes for the paint colors used in the Old Town designs. Old Town used a variety of different paint suppliers over the years so the colors changed over time. Any good marine enamel would probably be fine. Special design color choices at the factory were usually left to the discretion of the person painting the canoe. See http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/15800/ for more information about the original design guide from the paint room wall in the old factory.

My usual advice is to pick color shades that you like. I've seen many canoes painted with the design ten on the green at the Assembly and they all had slightly different colors. The image below may show a design number ten with the original colors. The catalog image at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/designs/design10.gif and poster at https://www.woodencanoe.org/product-page/old-town-canoe-company-color-design-poster might also help. See http://www.wcha.org/forums/index.php?threads/12320/ for one of mine.

The Kirby's "#12 - Bottle Green" shown at https://kirbypaint.com/products/kirbys-vintage-color-chart is usually considered a good match for the dark green. The "#3 - Green Tint" could work for the border and "#11 - Yellow" (or gold leaf) might make a good separation stripe. Good luck and please post some pictures when it is done,