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WARNING! Re: Summary: Tower Help

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Subject: WARNING! Re: Summary: Tower Help
From: (Jeff Janock - N2MZH)
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 1996 23:51:28 +0000
What about rust stains caused from a steel mast dripping rust down 
the tower legs?  What would be best way to clean this up?  It appears 
just cosmetic, but in our neighrhood, that can mean alot!

             -jeff, n2mzh

>     There are other coatings available for applying on towers.  These are
> typically high tech epoxy coatings and other materials that give you a more
> permanent coating than cold galv.  They are normally applied to towers that
> are already erected and don't meet the minimum zinc depth.  These are fairly
> expensive as well as a LOT of work; you have to take all the rust off (down
> to bare metal) and then apply a primer coat before the epoxy.
>      There are also materials that are rust converters; that is, they are
> applied directly on rusted metal surfaces and they actually convert the rust
> to a non-rusting substance.  This gives you a tough coating and prevents
> against development of new rust.  Rust-oleum and Loctite both make one of
> these products.  They are relatively expensive but can be sprayed on with a
> compressor-paint sprayer or brushed on.  These are also available through
> Tower Tech.
>      Your annual tower inspection should include having a wire brush and can
> of cold galv so you can fix any rusty spots as you find them.
> 73,  Steve  K7LXC
>     TOWER TECH -- professional tower supplies and services for amateurs

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