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Pat, whether you DIY or hire it out, there's a huge amount of labor expense consumed by removing every last bit of hardware so you can paint underneath eveyrthing. As opposed to masking around everything, which SOUNDS like a shortcut but never looks 1005, and still takes a lot of time to do it right.
Among other things...you know the way masking tape turns into iron-hard crud when it gets old? Masking everything will take a weekend, so i tmay bake in the sun for another week, and if you can't make the next weekend...now it bakes for two weeks, so you may want to use the silver 3M masking tape, which still peels off up to 30 days after being put on. $10 or $20 a roll, worth every penny but it still hurts.
I can only say, do it once and do it right, or you may have to live with it and just squint or look away for a long time. The actual cost of the paint (excuse me, coating) and the time to put that down? Trivial in the larger scheme of things.
Of course if there is rot in the core, and you find spots that need repair, that can really mushroom. I'd suggest either sounding that out, or getting a moisture meter and finding the extent of the problem before you begin. It would be a cruel waste to either mask or unbolt all that stuff, and then find, one by one, spots that needed "just a little more" extensive work, week after week.