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Aluminum cleats- repaint black or leave shiny?
I have finished using a wire-wheel to clean all old paint off of my aluminum cleats, and other hardware. As I have read that aluminum is hard to paint (requires special primer, etc) I am considering just leaving them as is.
Question: How long will they stay shiny in the salt water environment? I don't mind cleaning / polishing them a bit, every couple of years. However, if the oxidization / dull look sets in very quickly, and is hard to ward off, I will probably paint them again -
If I do paint them, I will likely not bother with caustic primers, etc, realizing touch ups will be needed every few years, where ropes wear paint off, etc.