Basically, the steps he used (mentioned in the video) were:
- removed all hardware
- Sanded down to bare aluminum
- scrubbed it with Ajax and scotchbrite
- bathed it in alumiprep
- bathed it in alodine
- painted with zinc chromate primer
- painted 5 coats of Awl-Grip 501 primer (alternative currently available: 545)
- painted 3 coats of Awl-Grip Awl-Craft 2000 paint
I believe there may be rivets that need replacing. I'm also thinking to look over all the mast hardware to see if any need replacing. The ends of the spreaders seem to be degrading and I will look into whether they can be fixed/replaced, which I might look into when I put the boat in the water this year. I wonder if it's possible to have spreader ends with a spring loaded lock to keep the rigging in place. Anyone know?
Here's a picture of one of them, they both look the same.
An addition to the mast I'm considering is to put a mount on the mast for a new radar head. Scanstrut is the main company I found that have mast mounts that would work.
I want to have the hull, waterline and bottom painted differently. For the topsides I'm looking at a dark red like Awl-Grip's "Claret", with a "Federal Yellow" waterline and a black bottom. Then the yellow mast would match the waterline.
This picture I found on an ad on Yacht World show the colors I'm looking at. This burgundy color is my favorite color.
Again, this refit I'm looking to START sometime around 2015. I'll be pretty busy along the way.