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Painting Cleats!

Does anyone have experience painting cleats? I have several cleats on my deck that were painted (original factory paint I assume) but are now scaling off. I'm assuming some of these original Pearson cleats are coated bronze. What paint holds up to rope friction?

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Re: Painting Cleats!

Wow -- sounds like overkill to me. Painted bronze? Why not strip the paint off and leave them bare?
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Re: Painting Cleats!

When I rebuilt my last rig there were a couple of aluminium cleats that were permanently bonded to the mast via corrosion with the bolts. After trying everything to get them off I finally accepted defeat and painted them along with the mast.

I would never paint bronze cleats though - dismount them, clean them up and buff them - they'll look like gold (for a while).

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Re: Painting Cleats!

Yeah, not sure why they are/were painted. Maybe the painted ones are aluminum. My others are polished stainless. I suppose if they are not annodized aluminum, they were painted to prevent corrosion?

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Re: Painting Cleats!

I've never heard of a painted cleat.

Powder coated maybe...

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Black annodized maybe?
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Re: Painting Cleats!

This from left field perhaps.

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It is pretty tenacious stuff as I often have to scrape off what remains of the last coat of this stuff I put on in the spring, come fall.

The outside is the sacrificial layer after all. Right?
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Re: Painting Cleats!

My tiller head was an ugly, dull silver color. I hit it pretty good with a wire wheel on a bench grinder. Wow! Bronze underneath. After the wire wheel, I hit it with a cloth wheel in a cross-hatch pattern and it really popped. After several coats of clear poly it looks great after three years.
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