A Wonderful Can Of Gar Wood Green Dopamine

Says it’s green but it’s gold to me!

Yesterday after a deck-a-thon, thats finishing one and starting another. I received a true shot in the arm of Woodyboaterness. A hugely thanks to longtime fellow Woody Boater Gary Michael from Inland Boat Works.  His donation to the war effort here, in the form of a Can Of Old Paint. I am so tempted to open it and just snort the Titanium and other toxic chemicals that somehow all blend together to make this perfect shade of green. GAR WOOD green.

mmmmmm, it calms me

Smith Valspar. I feel a family connection. I think Valspar is a great name for a kid BTW. New Sidekick pooch?

I love love love this stuff. And Gary’s design stuff is like another mothers brother to me with the way he does things. The joy such a small gesture can bring is so strange. There is a story in this little can someplace about whatever brain chemical is released when you find and acquire stuff. Really, its all the same thing regardless of a can of paint or finding a 25 Sportsman in a barn. Same high. Ahhhh yes, Dopamine! My friend. The secret chemical found in Varnish and old paint cans.

I read it like on reads a novel! The boatress was not pleased I was reading in bed BTW. Jealous? I think so.

And now we roll the credits

21 replies
      • Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
        Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

        I never got a chance to see the Highwaymen. I did get a chance to see Willie Nelson at the Chippewa Co. fairgrounds in Kinross Mi. The concert was excellent! It was interesting to watch Willie swat mosquitos as he played.

  1. Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo says:

    $2.95?! Even if you could get a quart of paint like that with all that chemical goodness, you would have to move the decimal all the way to the right.
    Growing up as a boatyard rat, I’m really surprised that I haven’t had any major issues having been exposed to all that stuff from a young age.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      I grew up being splattered with red lead bottom paint every spring. No ill effects, I don’t think, or remember. Hey why wasn’t Dad under there with me?

      • first53resorter
        first53resorter says:

        Ha! Years ago, myself and little brother (aged 15 and 12) would be tasked to weld the muffler and exhaust on the family station wagon. Under the vehicle, we’d light up the acetylene torch while dad backed waaaaaaay up with the cautionary words, “Boys, don’t get too close to the gas tank”!!

    • Victor Melchiorre
      Victor Melchiorre says:

      I’ve had the same thought. I grew up inhaling paint fumes and I even used to wash my hands with MEK. But at age 67 I’m cancer free and healthy although I did have a stroke at age 60

  2. Brian Robinson
    Brian Robinson says:

    I had an original can of this Smith Valspar Gar Wood green matched by Kirby paint in 2006. It so happened to match their stock color “Blind Green #13” exactly.

  3. tom
    tom says:

    Sandpaper between coats. Never seen it put that way before. Can is 1960’s era? I see it also has metric sizes on it. Would look great just collecting dust on a shelf.

  4. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Valspar can’t spell either….the want to “insure complete mixing” or maybe that is a hint to have you insurance paid up before breathing this stuff.
    Safe Travels to Troy and Sandi…we talked this morning…they are towing the boat down the Eastern Shore/Delmarva route…nice ride.
    John in Va.

  5. Steve Anderson from Michigan
    Steve Anderson from Michigan says:

    Thanks Brian! Information like this is priceless. I was going to suggest mixing it really well and getting the color coordinates so we can duplicate it exactly!

    Now, where to save that tidbit? I know, buy a can and put it on the shelf in the boathouse, brilliant!

  6. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    if anyone sees me ill be the guy towing the woody (streblow) from florida north starting tomoroow. someday ill make the spring show!

  7. Steve L
    Steve L says:

    Gar Wood Green (Chris Craft Shade) ????
    So is it Chris Craft green? Or Gar Wood green?
    Are there different shades of Gar Wood green?
    And so if its a Chris Craft shade of Gar wood green then wouldn’t that just be Chris Craft green?

    I’m so glad my boat has a red bottom!

  8. Mike D
    Mike D says:

    I like the little drawing on the can with the husband pouring boiling water on his wife’s end table. That paint must be really really good.

  9. Randy
    Randy says:

    Those of us that grew up as kids applying/inhaling all those ‘nasty’ chemicals to boats probably have ‘internal systems’ that are so well preserved that nothing (cancer, covid, etc.) could stand a chance of living inside of us.

    • Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
      Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

      My Dad used to say “that will put lead in your pencil” about different things.. I used to work for an older guy back in the day. About 5 o clock he would say “The iron in his blood has turned to lead in his a$$.” That ment he was tired and it was quitting time.

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