We haven’t had a good senseless argument for a while and the topic of Dark Stained Covering boards seems to be one of those topics that just goes in circles. So, today, we try and talk about such things. So, here goes.
First, the topic came up regarding WECATCHEM, and it has been suggested by “someONE” that the covering boards were stained darker. There is some proof on Sedans of dark stain slop in vent holes. Not a metaphor by the way, but sure sounds like one. Anyway, “SomeTWO” said, NO WAY! Never happened unless requested to the factory. By the way, that is always the default. If your build sheet says it, its so. But lets just talk about when you are not sure.
Lets all agree that pre war, it was more common, yes certain models had it and some didn’t. Like certain 22 triples did NOT, but many think they did. What we are talking about today is Post war, because it is our belief that Chris Craft chose to go Blonde after the war as there second accent color. It would be strange to also include Blonde, Mahogany AND walnut, or Chestnut stain. Logic dictaits this, yet we see countless post war boats with just that. Its wrong? Or are we wrong?
OK, one reference to this is photos. Well. Lets just say that the photos are BW and there is an optical allusion happening here. Its a very common thing, and the white stripes blend with the mahogany and create an allusion of it being lighter. Its a first year art school lesson in Color and color interaction.
OK, lets talk production. The blonde stain was time consuming and the general design of the boats don’t fit with a different color covering board, the color accent was inside on the ceiling boards and in the center, not the covering boards. It can also be said that this even changed right before the war on certain 17 barrel backs. They are not dark stained.
OK, lets talk about how this has happened. Well over time, folks looked at photos..(Optical allusion) and for all the right reasons did it. At first using in many cases black paint, which turned green with varnish over it. Then various stain formulas. The one we did, yes we did it, was a base stain of the correct mahogany stain and then a water based Walnut stain OVER it and it did really well. But was it right on a 1941 on a 19 barrel back? So.. Remember this is a debate, so you can crap all over us here, we are just taking a position and want to bring this stain issue out into the open and have a fun, or not discussion on the topic so when your boat is being judged, or you are judging, you can whip out your phone and click on this story and say SEEEEEE, SomeONE says and SomeTWO said and look at all the comments.
This is one of those cases where someone that worked in the factory and has an opinion would be helpful.