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Old 24-10-2015, 08:09   #1
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Mast painting

I'm about to start prepping then painting the mast on the Heereshoff Eagle I'm restoring. Having done the boom, gaff, and headsail club foot to completion I want to figure our how to best tackle the mast. It of course is a bigger job than the other pieces combined, plus it's the only piece that is round and not oblong.

How do I proceed and do a quality job when painting on sawhorses so I can adequately cover even the areas laying on the horse, plus get equal paint all the way around. I've come up with a plan but wanted to bounce it off the minds of experienced for confirmation, or hear someone suggest a simpler way that might be staring me up the "#%++*]< that I hadn't thought of.

I learned on the other pieces that gravity isn't my friend , as it seemed when sanding between coats i hallways had areas where more paint would have gathered at the ridge which is the sail track. There is no track on the mast and I will use mast hoops, so that's probably good. I'm thinking I will:
1. Tape off the mast lengthwise on each side creating two 180 degree sections.
2. Put 2 to 3 coats on the side I'm working, and allow it to dry really hard
3. Rotate to the unfinished side up, apply new tape along the edge, taping over the newly painted side up to the unpainted edge.
4 repeat step 2 on new side.
5.finish sand, and paint next coat in two parts as well, but this time at completely new 180 sections.

I hope you can picture this. I look forward to your thoughts regarding this approach or suggesting a new one.
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Re: Mast painting

sounds like a plan
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