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What is on my planks? Mysterious 'paint' on planking.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Brian J Knudsen, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. Brian J Knudsen

    Brian J Knudsen Curious about Wooden Canoes


    I have an old Otca. I removed a section of canvas two days ago and discovered that there is a white outline about 3" wide along the cedar planks around the canoe, along the gunwales & stem. I'll post a picture. I don't know why it is there or even really what it is. Any ideas? Good health to all.

    Brian Knudsen
  2. Michael Grace

    Michael Grace Lifetime Member

    I don't have any evidence for this but I always assumed this was white lead, applied to protect against rot. Happy to hear if someone knows for sure. It's not on all canoes, not even all Old Towns.
  3. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Is it worth a trip to the hardware store, to buy a lead testing kit? That might provide an easy answer...
  4. Rollin Thurlow

    Rollin Thurlow member since 1980

    You DON'T want to know!

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