Traditional Painting Services

John Sanderson 
Professional Narrowboat Painter


Dadfords Wharf

A friendly professional narrowboat painting service based at Dadfords Wharf, Wordsley near Stourbridge in the West Midlands. Only the highest quality materials and paints are used to create the perfect long lasting traditional paint job for your boat. John is an experienced, professional boat painter & produces some of the best paint jobs on the cut. Please contact him for a competitive quote which includes signwriting, any length of canal boat traditional and modern styles catered for.

Fancy having nice new paint job on your narrowboat? if so get in touch with John to discuss your all your narrowboat re-paint needs, 01384 485564,


John Sanderson has over 25 years experience painting narrowboats on the canals and knows the job inside out. Our dock is situated at historic Dadfords Wharf in Wordsley on the Stourbridge canal, where we paint traditional and modern narrowboats to a very high standard.

The Traditional painting Process

The Narrowboat Gallery is full of narrowboats painted over the past few years by John in a variety of colours and styles. The majority of the boats pictured were fully bare metalled above the gunwales, with all windows, vents and accessories removed (or as otherwise requested by customer). Numerous coats of anti-corrosive primer, undercoat and coach enamel were then applied by hand, resulting in a very smooth high gloss finish, which if cared for correctly should last for many years.

Whats included in a quote

Our quotes included everything you need to make your boat look its best. As well as the painting process as mentioned above the following is included too. The removal of windows, accessories & the re-fitting.  Basic decoration i.e coach lines, slide and bow decoration, boat reg & boat name (within reason) are included in quotes. We currently have a number of signwriters we work with; Meg Gregory who featured as expert signwriter on BBC1's 'The Boat That Guy Built', & Dave Moore, both highly regarded professional signwriters. 

We are happy to quote for any small scale remedial works your boat may need whilst with us, woodwork, welding, new windows, doors, fenders & canopies. Or if you fancy something a little more unusual like individual art works to enhance your boat Just give John a shout to discuss your requirements. 

For more information please call 01384 485564 if there is no-one around please leave a message as we may be half way down a cabinside etc... or email through the contact us link.


Latest narrowboat to leave the Dock...

Omega left Dadfords in early November 2020 after a comprehensive makeover. A lovely historic vessel with a riveted hull, converted by Dave Harris in the 1980's. After many years it was showing its age but now looks beautiful again. Coach painting, coach lines, bow decoration is all by John Sanderson, Signwriting by Meg Gregory.
Before and after shots below....


Traditional Painting Services

01384 485564

Dadfords Wharf, Bridge Street, Stourbridge, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5YU, UK

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