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anyone paint their boom?

My boom is a tad but scratched. Was wondering how it would look with a dark grey boom. Actually I know initially it would look good. But long term? Anyone ever do this?
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Re: anyone paint their boom?

Painted spars look great if they're properly prepped, and then if they're not subject to abuse by running backstays or checkstays and kept off the shrouds.. the paint can quickly scar if those things are possibilities.
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Re: anyone paint their boom?

I looked into painting my mast and boom this past winter. I eventually decided against is and instead decided it would be easier for me to just wax it annually. I did some research on the prep and painting and got almost as many opinion as an anchor thread. So in the end I left it alone and applied several coats of quality wax before restepping it.
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Re: anyone paint their boom?

I presume your spars are currently unpainted. How deep is the scratch, and how long? I wonder if you wouldn't be better served by polishing it out?
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Re: anyone paint their boom?

I think the boom and mast are probably anodized and polishing would remove that protection. I would investigate powder coating if I had to cover the boom or mast.
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Re: anyone paint their boom?

The mast and boom on my previous boat were painted light gray initially by the factory. I repainted them when they began looking a bit ratty with one part polyurethane. Held up pretty well but will get scratched and scarred if shackles and other metal parts rub.
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