Having finished my boom, gaff, and jib
foot, and initially loving the look, I'm starting to wonder if I should have added a flattening agent to the Interlux Bristol Beige? I can still easily remove the hardware
and sand/repaint an additional coat or two with that in there if I like. I'm about ready to start final coats on the mast however so I'll need to decide soon. In my spare time if not in a position to be working on one of my boats then I'm on my IPAD
looking at traditional sailing craft. It appears that all the aluminum spars painted a shade of beige are all flat looking not shiny. That might happen with time I suppose. I also wonder if the mast hoops (I've decided to stay with that plan after momentarily wavering) might have an easier time going up and down on a flatter paint? Surely the finish is going to "feel" the same regardless so is this possible friction difference a ridiculous thought?
Lastly, I think maybe as the hoops do their inevitable smudging of the mast, will they possibly be less obvious with a flatter finish?
The right answer could be none of these points are valid, and it could be that some or all are, I'm just looking for opinions and thoughts.