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Also look at Awlgrip''s system. We''re using this for our mast/boom repaint. Since the existing paint is sound in most places (except where abraded in a few spots and where it''s bubbled due to corrosion underneath from improperly bedded hardware) we aren''t going to strip the entire thing.
We''ve stripped all the hardware off, save one or two pieces, and will sand out the bad areas, etch and prime, then paint with awlgrip. From all my reading, it is VERY important to get the timing and materials right if you want the job to last. There are several good articles around by Don Casey, Practical Sailor (I think) etc. Do a web search and you should find them.
We will be doing this job next month. Right now we''re painting the deck: www.sailnamaste.com