Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern Maine
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Quick Single Season Mast Paint Job
I have a 37' Gulfstar that has a painted aluminum mast that is sorely in need of a new paint job. The 50' mast was painted about 8 years ago and now has a great many chips and cracks. Unfortunately I've got innumerable other projects that must be done on the boat before her mid-May launch date.
I've read a fair amount about aluminum mast refits, and it appears that doing this job properly is going to take all of a weekend if the weather is right for it. If the weather does not cooperate, it will take even longer. Now given all of the other projects that I think should be completed on the boat beforehand (and the fact that I just want to get the boat in the water), I am considering doing a "quick" paint job on the mast. This "quick" paint job is only intended to last for this season (which is not too long in Maine). It principle purpose is to limit any corrosion that might happen to the aluminum. Next year I will have more time to do the mast the right way.
I was thinking that I will sand down the poor areas of the mast to bare aluminum, rub some vinegar on it, and then paint it with and oil based paint, like X-O Rust.
Do you think that this will last for a season?
Do you think it will keep the aluminum well protected?