Its not a piano
My brother tells a story of a Tidewater boat builder in Virginia who's disclaimer for less-than-perfect finish work was It's a boat, not a piano. Of course, he built beautiful boats largely without defects, and mostly by eye. That ain't me.
I've been struggling mightily to get a coat of Brightsides on that I wouldn't be ashamed to acknowledge as my work. Two undercoats and 6 finish coats later, I'm not there. I don't recall having anything like this difficulty getting the topsides of the canoe looking good. Or even Ripple, which is far from perfect, and was done in the sun, where keeping a wet edge was a race against time, juggling holidays and sags.
I tried foam rollers, which don't seem to carry enough paint to avoid holidays, I tried mini nap rollers, which covered much better, but but left so much lint behind that i had to sand off nearly the whole coat. My latest attempt is simply brushing. Still wet, it looks better than any of the roll-and-tip methods. We'll see how it looks dry.
Randy (above) helped me find a plausible waterline, which I will paint with bottom paint (the dinghy will probably be in the water a lot). That at least reduces the surface area for Brightsides application.