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refinishing mast

I am looking a another boat (sold the j/34c) and will have to refinish the mast. I did the 34 using awlgrip offwhite, but am looking for something that works well but is a little easier to apply. I would like to roll and tip rather than spray, and will be using an off white to match the original colors as well as possible. Any ideas?? Thanks
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IIRC you can get special reducers and/or activators for Awlgrip for using the roll and tip technique, but Interlux makes easier-to-use products for that purpose too.

Either would work well for a mast, I'd think, with the reduced amount of working area making the whole roll and tip method more controllable. Also, if the mast doesn't end up with the mirror finish it's less of an issue.

As ever, prep is key and we had good results years back with thorough sanding and a vinegar rinse before applying 584(?) primer and off white Awlgrip, though we did spray it. If it's a fairly flexible rig you'll want to keep the film thickness to a minimum to avoid cracking the finish as the mast works - this is where spraying would give the best result.
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Here's a nice write up with pictures outlining a roll and tip mast repaint

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That is a great writeup I am looking at doing mine although I think mine is anodized but I really am not sure, any tips on how to tell? It would be nice to do this my mast is 40' so finding a place to do it would be the only problem.
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That is a good writeup. After reading some here and on manufacturers websites, it looks like Perfection may be a good choice. Thanks!!
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