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    Hi,

    Just wondered if anyone had sprayed their mast as I have just bought one that needs respraying.

    Any recommendations on which paint to use?

    Thanks,

    George

    #11476
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    In his excellent book “Sailboat Refinishing”, American author Don Casey (you can get this book from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sailboat-Refinishing-International-Marine-Library/dp/0071486585) describes painting a mast.

    He starts by rubbing it with a 400 grit wet and dry to key the surface before using an etch primer, followed by 2 part polyurethane paint applied with a roller and a brush to get into the groove. Don’t attempt to spray 2 part it is very toxic in aerosol form.

    I suppose if you lubricate your sail and mast with something like Sailkote it should last a while. As with all painting time spent in preparation will pay back with finish and longevity.

    Good luck with that and post some pictures of the finished result.

    #11602

    Thanks for the advice!

    In the end I did two coats of Hammerite spray paint followed by a clear lacquer coat.

    The Blue spreaders were also sprayed and lacquered.

    Really pleased with the result!

    Better photos to follow later along with photos of Bobbins first launch since completion.

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    #11603
    Dave Bevan
    Member

    Looks great. Will it flex with the mast? Did you etch-prime it first, or isn’t that necessary on anodised Ali?

    #11604

    Seems to flex with the mast ok. I didn’t etch prime, but if I was doing it again I would because any scratches show up the original gold.

    Before

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    After

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