Square footage of an OC6 (surface area)

We're in the process of repainting our OC6s, but need some basic info to make accurate material purchases. All necessary glass and fairing work has been completed, but now we need to address the paint issues. We're going to go with the Duratec vinyl ester primer sealer as it was recommended to us by several people, but before we make our paint purchases I wanted to check with the general paddling community to see if someone can give me some ballpark specs on an older model Bradley canoe. Basically, I need to know the approximate surface area of the canoe to ensure we're not buying too much or more importantly too little paint.


Submitted by 808.2.619 paddler on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 2:04pm

I bet it would be around 200 sq ft. Maybe add 15% to be safe.

#1 Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:01pm

2 gallons ?

#2 Thu, 02/10/2011 - 7:06pm

Is that 2 gallons per canoe?

#3 Fri, 02/11/2011 - 9:13pm

After looking at the overall length and circumference on the canoe, I think 200 sq feet is a fair estimate.

Mahalos for the info

#4 Fri, 02/11/2011 - 9:15pm

When in dout ask the paint sales men. Im just guessing I know when we paint the condo's at work a small 10 foot by 10 foot bed room with just painting the walls. uses a gallon. so off the top of my head I would get 2 can's. the can should say. and how much square foot of the canoe are you could paint. if I was to paint our 6 man I would start with 2 cans and by the end of the first coat you will have a good Idea how much paint im dealing with. but if it were me 2 coats and 1 touch up coat could possibly cover it nice. but see how it goes. Also you may be able to return unused cans if they are not tinted.
good luck

#5 Fri, 02/11/2011 - 10:15pm

I see your point. We're not tinting any of the paints, so we'll have the ability to return what we don't use.


#6 Sat, 02/12/2011 - 6:57pm

I did some rough calculations at work and came up with about 205 square feet as well.

#7 Sun, 02/13/2011 - 4:55am

Solid! That means a dozen can of Krylon should do it :)

Mahalo folks

#8 Sun, 02/13/2011 - 8:02am

I'd imagine that you'd want to do at least two coats, maybe three (one primer and two finish). It might seem excessive, but the additional coats increase durability quite a bit.

#9 Sun, 02/13/2011 - 8:07am

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