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A deep regal red colour inspired by the famous Regent’s Canal


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£36.00 inc. VAT

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Our Rustic Red pays tribute to the struggles The Kennet and Avon canal endured to stay open, fondly known as the K&A. This beautiful waterway today is a family favourite, home to a series of peaceful towpaths perfect for walking or cycling. However, this idyllic haven hasn’t always been in such good shape and has only been brought back to life in the past few decades. It was the tireless work of volunteers who were able to keep the canal afloat. In 1724, the River Kennet was made navigable from Reading to Newbury, and by 1727 boats could reach as far as Bath, but water supply soon became a problem and in 1812 a steam engine was installed at Crofton. Despite its impressive length, traffic never accounted for more than 6% of the total and the waterway was never prosperous. The canal fell into disrepair and parts became closed to boats. It was only due to the waterway enthusiasts and passionate locals who restored the canal to its former glory. In 1990 the Queen officially re-opened the canal, allowing it to thrive and become the national treasure it is today. The Kennet and Avon canal today has an overall length of 87 miles, made up of 2 stretches of navigable river linked by canal. Rustic Red is a deep crimson red which pays tribute to these struggles in its derelict state, and also represents the beautiful rural landscape that is seen sailing down the stream today. Rustic red is the deep sunsets, the lively carnation and the sweet nectarine. The waterway has truly been transformed into something magic.

Our Symphony Narrowboat Paint Gloss is a traditional ultra-high quality high solids coach enamel, achieving a 90% gloss sheen level. It is a high build long oil synthetic paint designed for brush, roller and spray application with a high level of pigmentation. This is the ultimate hardwearing durable finish for your boat coating project, boosting longevity and long-lasting colour retention. The deep colour flattens out to leave a smooth high gloss mirror finish. Also available in a Raddle finish for roofs and flat areas, or an anti-slip for walkways.

Complimentary Colour

Lemon Yellow is the refreshing addition to Rustic Red that your Narrowboat needs. Create the ultimate paradise with this yellow burst of colour.

Recommended Undercoat

Dark Red


  • Premium quality mirror finish

  • Excellent UV resistance

  • Highly pigmented

  • Extended gloss and colour retention

  • Use as part of a Symphony Narrowboat Paint system


Synthetic Brush, Roller, Spray



Number of Coats:


Drying Times @ 20°C

Touch Dry:


3 hours

Pot Life:

12 months in original sealed container

Technical Info

Gravity (kg/l):

0.91 to 1.30 approximately


250 mPas

VOC Content:




We recommend two coats of Symphony Narrowboat paint Brush primer and three coats of Symphony Narrowboat Paint Undercoat prior to using this product. Before application of Symphony Narrowboat Topcoat we recommended the surfaces which have been suitably sanded to the correct dry film weight. For machine sanding, we recommend you use sia 1948 S Performance Discs 180 – 320 Grit. For manual sanding, use 6120 sia fleece handpads 180 – 320 Grit.

The surface must be cleaned using a tack cloth to remove all traces of contaminants.

Ensure surfaces are dry and smooth to the touch before painting.


We recommend three coats of Symphony Narrowboat Paint Topcoat Gloss. Apply using a brush or roller. Our recommendation for a premium synthetic brushes is the superb Purdy Monarch Elite.

A light flatting can be done after the second coat using 6120 sia fleece handpad 320 Grit.

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