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[TowerTalk] Rust Inhibiting Paint for Steel Towers

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Rust Inhibiting Paint for Steel Towers
From: (Bob Perring)
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 11:43:06 -0600
At 10:17 3/10/99 , W2GD wrote: 
>Problem: How to inhibit corrosion of Rohn 25G steel tower in salt water 
Your 2 part epoxy paints will work, but you must prep the galvanized 
surface first. 

Use a mild acid wash as "mild" like vinegar, then apply the paint. 
You should be able to web search and get the necessary product numbers 
from some of the really good industrial paint suppliers.

On an offshore platform in China, a few years ago, there were gonna be 
some big shot dignitaries pay the platform a visit, and there was a desire

to not let them get their white gloves dirty when they used the exterior 
stairway handrails, so they painted the handrails.

First the Chinese workers pickled the handrails with sulfuric acid, then 
they painted them. It wasn't long at all before the handrails were pretty 
sad. I think it is safe to say that those handrails are gone now. Again, 
the pickle process should be with a very mild acid.


Bob Perring
Consultant to Technology; ATD3
12715 Westmere
Houston, Texas 77077
tele:(281) 493-5780
fax: (281) 493-5780

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