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Re: Paint my boom? Would Love to hear some Pros and Cons
Best paint for booms is probably RUSTOLEUM, in spray cans and needs no primer, just scuffing of the aluminum. Ya gotta love 'fish-oil' based paints for 'marine' service. If you know how to spray: thin tack coat, let dry, then 1 full wet coat, let set about an hour or so, then full wet coat again, let fully cure for about a month .... then scuff and overcoat with automotive 'clear coat'. Cheap, fast, simple.
If you're a 'fanatic' let the clear coat fully cure, then flat sand with 2000 grit, then power buff with 3M Finese-it followed by 3M Perfect-it. Will make a long lasting 'Concours' (d'Elegance) finish.
When it needs redoing .... after many years, simply sand or use a stripper and re-do.