Tommays did exactly what I did to my mast, with excellent results for both of us. The only difference is that I sand blasted my mast instead of stripping and sanding. I got a very uniform surface, but it was a lot of work to clean all the sand out of the mast. I also used a flattening agent in my paint. I used a flattening agent on the deck paint to give it a semi gloss look and wanted the mast to match. This also allowed me to skip sanding the primer.
One thing I didn't see mentioned is all the rivets to reattach the hardware. I used 316 stainless rivets, which are very hard to pull in. You have to use a large two handed rivet gun, and when the rivet "pops" it will give you enough of a jolt that you'll be lucky to not chip your new paint job.
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John USYacht 27 "Cora Lee"