You will end up doing three coats of the epoxy. The first coat bonds the cloth to the wood. The second coat fills in the waffle weave of the cloth, and the third coat gives it a glassy appearance. The steps outlined in "Canoecraft" are easy to follow and will give you the desired results.
- use the "grunge can" made of a cardboard frozen juice container to clean your squeegee of excess epoxy.
- Start 1/4 from the end to anchor the cloth in place, work toward the end, then go back and work the rest of the way down the canoe until it is done.
- only squeegee two directions- toward the end and down to the ground. You'll want to squeegee other ways, but trust me- don't do it! If you do it will make a wrinkle or bubble in the cloth that will be bothersome to get out.