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02-06-2013 07:06 AM
Minnewaska
Re: painted or anodized mast

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Originally Posted by lostsheep View Post
What about powder coating?.......
Nothing takes a beating like a boat. Sometime I wonder how humans survive aboard. How, the yard tards are the most likely offenders, when they haul, launch, step masts, etc.

Even if it were possible and cost effective, it would eventually breach. Once it did, imagine how awful the peeling coating would look and it would be irreparable.
02-06-2013 03:59 AM
SloopJonB
Re: painted or anodized mast

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Originally Posted by lostsheep View Post
What about powder coating?
How does it hold up?
I was wondering about the powder coating on a mast and other sundry items. I know nearly all motorcycle frames are now powder coated, and they take a pretty good beating.
I doubt there are any ovens big enough to cook a mast. It takes 200 degrees C - not exactly like the hot rooms used for curing pre-pregs or baking car paint.

Booms, spreaders, spinnaker poles etc. - probably work quite well. It's tuff stuff.
02-06-2013 02:24 AM
lostsheep
Re: painted or anodized mast

What about powder coating?
How does it hold up?
I was wondering about the powder coating on a mast and other sundry items. I know nearly all motorcycle frames are now powder coated, and they take a pretty good beating.
02-06-2013 01:01 AM
fallard
Re: painted or anodized mast

I've had painted and anodized masts over the years. My first boat had an anodized mast and after 10 years it looked OK, but had its share of scratches and had a kind of cloudy look--not as sleek as when new. This mast was stored inside out of season.

My next boat--a gaff-rigged catboat--had a painted mast that I completelyrepainted at least once in the 16 years I had her. The area in contact with the gaff had be be repainted every year. Anodizing wouldn't have held up in the long term and there would have been no easy way to keep up with the gaff wear. That mast was painted with a one-part topsides paint.

My current boat is 23 years old and has an Awlgripped mast. It has been refurbished professionally once and is still looking good. The refurbishment included taking everything apart and reassembling the rig with care to insulate stainless hardware from the aluminum. It is showing minor bubbling in places but the scratches are minimal and you'd have to look carefully to see any compromises in the finish. BTW, my mast is in the weather year round.

Bottom line for me is that the Awlgrip finish is tops for cosmetics and is long-lasting enough that the cost to keep it up is reasonable. That said, if it were a workboat, I'd go for anodized and then cover it with a one-part paint when it got to looking ratty.
02-05-2013 09:15 PM
SloopJonB
Re: painted or anodized mast

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Originally Posted by Tim R. View Post
I would anodize if looks are not a concern. You really only have a few color choices.
Lots of choices actually but few people would like the look on a mast. Those red & blue fittings used on braided aircraft hose are anodized, for example - would look kind of gaudy on anything but a Volvo 70.

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You can always paint it later if needed. Painting is relatively cheap.
Exactly - paint it years later when the anodizing is worn away

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Never heard of anodizing over paint. You would have to strip it first and it would be very expensive.
It would probably be cheaper to buy a new extrusion.
02-05-2013 08:49 PM
benesailor
Re: painted or anodized mast

Aluminum should not be painted unless need be. Moisture under paint will eat it alive. This is why painting aluminum hulls is not recommended. Check out a Coast guard boat. No paint. It is very hard to get paint to bond to aluminum. You have to go through some etching processes then use special primers to get a good bond.
Anodize is bonded to the aluminum. In addition; any corrosion will be highlighted because the anodize coat is thin.
02-05-2013 07:51 PM
Minnewaska
Re: painted or anodized mast

A painted mast is gorgeous.

However, there are enough maintenance items aboard than to need another, particularly one that requires stepping the mast and removing all the rigging. A painted mast will get scratched and it will need to be repainted. Some say that moisture under a paint scratch will corrode the aluminum much faster than bare aluminum.

I say, no paint.
02-05-2013 06:56 PM
rugosa
Re: painted or anodized mast

Paint is soft and more vulnerable

Check this out - What Is Hard Anodizing?
02-05-2013 05:55 PM
Barquito
Re: painted or anodized mast

Personally, I think bare aluminum looks fine.
02-05-2013 05:04 PM
DougSabbag
Re: painted or anodized mast

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Originally Posted by blueblisteringbarnacles View Post
To be clear, the question is: if you have a choice from the factory, which is a better option.
Ohhh, sorry I misunderstood.

For whatever it is worth, I would buy the anodized.
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