Awlcraft has a bulletin on line that is out of date for painting aluminum masts since many of the chemicals for preparing the mast are not available in the US. They have replaced aluminum prep work with AwlGrip Wash Primer CF D6600 (yellow base) and the converter D3300 ratio 1:1. http://www.awlgrip.com/Prodlit/wash_primer_cf_application_guidance.pdf
The cheapest place to buy this is the PBS boat store but beware – they pack their boxes poorly. When I comlained (I actually sent a professional note suggesting they package the paints securely in the box since mine leaked) they blocked me from their website!)…
I will be redoing my toe rails and mast with this system. But hey Bruce, you are ahead of me with your boat… so tell me how it comes out!
I’ll probably get booed, but I’ll report the results to see if valid.
I’m going to use Rustoleum 2X satin black that has built in primer. My reasoning is that my rails are in pretty good shape, with few dings/scratches. I’m only putting on from the stem to just at the chain plates. These get little abuse. If it chips..it is still good beneath it. I only want to bring them up to ‘new looking’ to match the rest of the boat.