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Old 26-09-2015, 06:23   #16
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Re: Recommend Me a Mast Paint.

sounds like the overwhelming majority say a 2 part LP is the way to go. looks like thats the ticket. I have access to spraying equipment so I'll probably just go that route
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Old 26-09-2015, 07:06   #17
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Re: Recommend Me a Mast Paint.

We love the results on our booms and transom. We used Epoxycote and Perfection (4 coats each) followed the instructions to the letter and the results are like spray. The work is hard and tedious but we are retired and like to see our boat getting better and more simple. Hoping to get off the dock Nov/Dec this year.
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Old 26-09-2015, 07:31   #18
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If you want to avoid repainting again, use a two-part LPU like Interlux Perfection or Awlgrip.

I used Interlux 2000 as a primer (no etching required) and rolled on Interlux Perfection as a topcoat and the results were excellent - looked like professionally sprayed.

Tips: Be prepared for lots of careful sanding between coats, especially the primer coats. Roll on with cheap 'hot dog' foam rollers. Practice your technique near the top of the mast where no one will see the results. Make sure you're in the shade. It's hard to describe, but you have to 'stretch' the paint along the spar with the roller. You only have a couple of minutes every few feet before the paint starts to kick, so keep moving -pass over each section maybe two or three times, not just once, and respect your wet edge. If you do it right, the paint will self-level like magic (no need to tip with a brush, especially if using white paint).

Read and reread the instructions from Interlux, and mix the paint and reducers very carefully.
Very interesting on the 2000e for the Al primer... Another use for a great product. ..
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:Also, one of of the things you may use to insulate ss screws used on aluminum is lanolin. A 1/2 lb. container is most ecnomical, also great for sun burn, small cuts & scrapes. (put part in a small container for medical uses)
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:Also, one of of the things you may use to insulate ss screws used on aluminum is lanolin. A 1/2 lb. container is most ecnomical, also great for sun burn, small cuts & scrapes. (put part in a small container for medical uses)

One other idea that has worked terrific for us that our rigger friend told us about is using plumbers tape to insulate SS fittings from the mast. Plumbers tape is black, about 2-2 1/2" wide, sticky on one side smooth on the other. It's also slight stretchy. It is used to wrap copper pipe before pouring concrete over it. It is NOT electrical tape. We tape the side of the SS fitting that will touch the mast. Holes are easily punched out with a drill bit by hand. This provides excellent insulation to keep the SS away from the aluminum.

We used to use aluminalastic for many years but EPA made them remove it now we have used Tufgel. Messy by a little goes a very long way.

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Re: Recommend Me a Mast Paint.

As said before it's all about the prep. I painted one mast with Sterling. it's a very hard paint, it seemed to do pretty good. A rigging company rebuilt and painted another for me, it didn't last, it was some kind of two part poly, but offshore only lasted a year before starting to degrade in the lower 6 ft of the mast. The mast was taken down to bare alum, acid washed primed etc too. Go figure.
I would be real tempted to go with Imron or another aircraft paint if I did it again. Let's face it, it's formulated specifically for aluminum and intended to stay on at 600 mph in harsh rain abrasive environment etc
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As said before it's all about the prep. I painted one mast with Sterling. it's a very hard paint, it seemed to do pretty good. A rigging company rebuilt and painted another for me, it didn't last, it was some kind of two part poly, but offshore only lasted a year before starting to degrade in the lower 6 ft of the mast. The mast was taken down to bare alum, acid washed primed etc too. Go figure.
I would be real tempted to go with Imron or another aircraft paint if I did it again. Let's face it, it's formulated specifically for aluminum and intended to stay on at 600 mph in harsh rain abrasive environment etc
why do I get the feeling that aviation paint makes marine paint look cheap?
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Re: Recommend Me a Mast Paint.

Not sure these days, but I had one boat (the one in the avatar) painted with Imron. I don't think it was any different than the ridiculous prices for good boat paint .
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That would be great, we just finished our transom. I anticipation of painting our hull.
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