Canned spray paint. Why the shortage?

I often get customers that want their canoe chandelier a custom color. A color that is hopefully available in an oil based spray can, like Rustoleum, which has proven to give an excellent, smooth and durable finish. Recently the customer wanted a blue color that I had used on one of my older postings, Global Blue, which had been in a spray can. I went to three hard ware stores only to find the shelves of spray cans cleaned out. I asked the paint guy about it and he said there was none even on order, NA. Shortage nationwide. Why? He did not know. So I had to have a sample size color of Latex semi-gloss mixed. I have used these paints before. I have sprayed them with an additive called Floetrol, by old time favorite company of Flood. It helps with leveling out. So I brushed this on the finished canoe. You can get excellent results using a good brush or foam, but the key thing is that you have to make every stroke perfect. Not to much paint so that it sags, but enough that it covers and levels out. You have a few minutes to be able to fix a spot you missed but not much more than that. If you try and go back after it has tacked over, it will be ruined. I know, because I did. So even though it was one small spot that was crappy, I still had to sand it all down and the next time put the paint on as thin as possible but still covering. It did come out good. It actually looks like the real full size painted canoes that used oil base brushed on paints. For spraying I used the Floetrol and thinned it alot with water. It is tricky though and takes some experimenting with it until you get the desired finished. The good ole days of oil based finishes is unfortunately going to the way side.

Custom 96″ for a boat house

Tom of Chandler TX had me build a 96″ dark stained canoe with white pine toe rails, seats, thwarts and deck caps. He asked for the narrow light deck with out the lights or the holes for the lights so he could have his own pendant lights installed. Thanks for the photo Tom, looks like a beautiful spot you have there.

72″ dark with Tulip wood for finish parts

For many years I used Tulip wood, which is a local name for Poplar, that is cut off my property. I made all the finish parts, which would be the toe rails, seats, thwarts and deck caps out of it. It is a rich mixture of colors, clear wood. The trees themselves grow huge for in RI and are very clear wood. I offered it as an option up until a couple years ago. So I built a 72″ American dark stain with the tulip wood parts. I am very pleased with it.

Nice job on the 72″ canoe

Jim Allen says: Ray, I don’t know if I ever sent you a photo of my canoe in place in my new summer house.  Here it is.  It has been without a doubt the most commented, liked feature by everyone who has seen the house or seen photos of it.  It really makes the room That is the 6’ model I built from your kit.  The lake house is on Seneca Lake in western NY.  I embellished the kit ever so slightly by adding an extra red cedar strip near the sheer and making the thwarts out of ash – which is what I think a full sized canoe would use. 

Gorgeous 40″ Lobster boat from the kit.

Joe Klein from Hilton Head, SC sent me a finished picture of his 40″ lobster boat. Beautiful color combination. He is getting ready to do sea trials soon. Can’t wait to see the action! He has scratch built other RC boats as well and mentioned: Great kit!  Had a lot of fun building it.  Can’t wait to start sea trials….Joe Klein, HHI, SC Thanks for the photos Joe!