I use red and green electrical
tape in the form of an "X" which is then looped like it's self-adhering "plumber's friend" tape (which is also good but more expensive!) I leave enough gaps to let moisture and air circulate. From the ground it's hard to tell it's tape, but then I do it on the ground before I sway the mast
each spring. Cost: $1 per little roll...a roll lasts three seasons.
It does not get dirty in our seven-month season. Those white boots can develop brown streaks, by contrast.
I use thin rubber matting, big hose clamps and light-coloured tape for the mast boot as well, because they cost $50 and can look grotty quickly. To each his own.