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We had very good success on a mast a few years back, sanding it down to bare aluminum, washed it down with good old vinegar (really!!), Primed (584?IIRC)and painted with Awlgrip. It has stood the test of time, and it now about 10 years on still looking good. We chose white.
We were advised to spray as thin a coat as would cover, to avoid cracking the paint down the road as the mast moved, bent and vibrated during hoists and tacks.
The two part is expensive, but really you won't need a lot of paint and you could roll and tip it if you use the correct reducers and activators.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)