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Re: Mast Oxidation and Protection
I had a boat with a painted mast, and I did repaint it once in the time I had it. It looked great for years after the paint job, and I just did it with spraybombs in the back yard.
As long as you prep well and use a good paint, you can get a finish that will look good for many years. I don't think there is a huge amount of maintenance to be done, although you may find yourself painting again 10 years down the road to keep it looking good.
The important thing is to avoid chaffing. Your mast looks like it had halyards stowed to the base of the mast where they were free to chaffe and slap every time the wind blows.
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