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After a lifetime of painting machines and bicycles with two part paint (that i got paid for)

Painting my mast this winter with Perfection exceeded my preconceived difficulty level by about 1000% because the marine paints are a PITA compared to any auto paint

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$200/ft is typical in my area, hard for me to say whether a catamaran should be high or low compared to a mono.

Proper and exaustive prep is 90% of the work. If you literally mean that the topsides and spars were soda blasted, I would would think your prep work much higher than usual, as the blasting would leave a rough, pitted surface and require some level of extra fairing...Sprayed paint will show every and any imperfection in the underlying surface.

My boat has a 15 year old Imron white finish that still looks quite good despite taking quite a beating. I recommend Awlcraft or Imron rather than Awlgrip.
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remember, you are going to get what you pay for. Be suspect of quote outlyers, high or low.
Yeah, that's the truth. I had a guy come out for an estimate. He walks around the boat for about 4 minutes and tells me $2500.00 for an Awlgrip finish. I think great price but what's the catch. Turns out he wants to sand it in my driveway and do his painting in the grass out back in my yard. I show him some loose old paint and ask if it should be stripped (already knew the answer) and he tells me it will be fine...that's what primer is for! I can only imagine what his final product would have looked like.
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