Mast Painting



From: Sorensen, John D.

Sent: Monday, December 03, 2001 12:53 PM
Subject: Mast Repaint

I've been wanting to share another very successful tip with everyone. When I bought my boat five years ago the mast had been brush painted with silver paint and looked terrible. I stripped the mast and spreaders and repainted them white with Sherwin Williams Industrial Aluminum paint.

I let a friend talk me into using white instead of silver but figured I would be repainting it silver later because the white would show scratches too easily. Five years later that paint still looks brand new. Even where the wire halyards rub against the mast when stowed it hasn't scratched.

I shot the paint outdoors in the boat yard with a Wagner Power Painter and it went on perfectly. The priming process seems to be the secret with this paint, which is what the Sherwin Williams salesman told me. It uses a yellowish clear primer that also applied very easily. This paint is rock hard and sticks like glue. After five years it still shines like new. Definitely one of the most successful projects I've undertaken on this boat.

If any one has any questions about that refinish feel free to call or e-mail me.

John Sorensen
913-649-0600 ext 280


From: []
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 5:25 PM
Subject: Re: Mast Repaint

The mystery watery yellowish coating you applied to your aluminum mast prior to the finish coat is Zinc Chromate. It is available from most auto paint suppliers. Home Depot has it in spray cans. It prevents the aluminum from corroding or bubbling under the paint.

Good stuff.
Larry Gotch

Sent: Thursday, October 22, 1998 7:08 PM

I read on the I-36 web page that you are currently (Jan 98) going through painting and rigging an Islander. I am in the process of purchasing a 78 I-36 that is in need of topside paint. The bottom has been done recently and is in fine shape but someone did a simi-botched up job on the deck and the stripe. Do you have any idea on how much a person should expect to spend on a professional topside paint job. Did you pay to have it done or did you do it yourself? If you did it yourself, (or are doing it yourself) is it a job that a reasonably handy person can tackle?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. Jim Hilton, San Diego CA,


The painting we had done was to our mast, boom and spreaders. We did the prep work and let the yard spray LPU on the mast. We then reassembled everything and had the mast re-stepped. (quite a job).

Gary Salvo,

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