Posted by: ppine on Dec-10-13 12:20 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Dec-16-13 3:05 PM EST --
Canoes are rarely left in the water and so bottom paint with copper is a bad idea.
One and two part epoxies are hard to apply without a sprayer. They are expensive.
I have had good luck with regular old porch paint through the years. Oil based is best after you have lightly sanded the surface to give it some "tooth."
Even latex house paint does a credible job especially on boats that have seen some miles and get used. It is no big deal to "touch them up."
Don't overthink the cosmetic part.
Colors like forest green have been traditional for 125 years. It is easy to lose a boat on the tundra or underwater that is a dark color. I really like white. Yellow shows up best if powerboats are around. Red is snappy and easy to find. On trips where boats get strung out and far apart it is a big help to your paddling partners to paint your boat a visible color.
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