Originally Posted by akio.kanemoto
OK, I'm finally up to the point that I am about to start something
- either I sodablast and leave it, or paint
Removing fittings doesn't look like it's much of an option - there are a lot of things fitted from the inside
of the mast
and thus removing/rebedding doesn't look like a winning solution.
I'm leaning heavily towards sodablasting and leaving unpainted.
Having said that - I've finally gotten around to taking some pics - please let me know what you think:
...the entire mast
(except for right at the top) is covered in bubbling where not flaking... and as you can see, it's not pretty.
Looking at your pics , the finish looks pretty loose at this point. Soda blast might be a great way to go if you can find someone to do it. I cant tell if there are any pits or deep corrosion
around those stainless (?) fittings....but dont see any. I guess you could get by without removing them if there is no obvious corrosive pits. Of course a good mast rebuild
would remove them, rebed them and replace all the fasteners. Dont be mislead though, probably every one of those screws will break off in the mast if you try to remove them, they will then have to be drilled out and either welded up or the fitting position moved enough to avoid the hole.