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I am presently replacing my standing rigging ( see posting on beeswax) and after such a quick response to my first question I'd like to venture another...
I have read in various articles on this website that it is a good idea to 'wax' an aluminium mast after a general refurb. Can anyone give me a few brand names for suitable wax products (ideally those marketed internationally)? I've never heard of this practice and generally thought that it is best to leave aluminium alone, aside from washing it down.
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I have heard the same thing about waxing the mast, and have done so on my boat a couple of times, using Meguiar's #56 wax, which I find does the best job on fibreglass (I'm aware that others will also have their preferences, which may differ from mine). When I applied it to the aluminum mast, it did add a bit of lustre, but not as much as I had thought it might, and it didn't seem to make any difference in the long run. At the end of each season, it was not possible for me to differentiate between how the mast looked depending on whether I had waxed that year or not. As I don't think the mast is subject to the same potential deterioration as fibreglass due to UV rays, I'm not sure it's worth the time spent. Just my thoughts and experience....
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Wax aluminum

Keep the salt off the aluminum and extend the life of whatever nice surface finish remains. As anodizing gets sctratched or worn thin the wax keeps the aluminum and the salt separated.

Look at any 20 years old boat that has been used but not mainteined and the aluminm looks BEAT but not dangerously degraded. The one place that sealing out the salt really helps structuraly is places where you have stainless fastenings in the aluminum. They do corrode (electroysis) if not sealed, but it does not happen quickly so don't feel the need to rush out, but for the stainless ALuminum junctions, something like Boeing T9 lube/penetrant/protectent is the best.

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Mast wax

Thanks for the suggestions. I am aware of the need to insulate stainless fittings from the aluminiuim and have done so. Seems it can't do any harm to put a coating on while the stick is down so will probably do so.
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Any Carbana wax, hard if possible, will help insulate the mast from salt and dirt. Cleaning and waxing the sail track is great for the crew. I wonder how beeswax would work.
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I am presently replacing my standing rigging ( see posting on beeswax) and after such a quick response to my first question I'd like to venture another...
I have read in various articles on this website that it is a good idea to 'wax' an aluminium mast after a general refurb. Can anyone give me a few brand names for suitable wax products (ideally those marketed internationally)? I've never heard of this practice and generally thought that it is best to leave aluminium alone, aside from washing it down.
I have always waxed my mast at the beginning of each year. Even aluminum will oxidize and the waxing seems to help. I also wax the main sail track and this really makes raising and lowering the main easier.
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