In a message dated 99-11-17 07:24:02 EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> Given the onset of surface rust, what means are available
> to stop or neutralize further deterioration of the metal?
> In addition to cold galvanizing, are there other alternatives
> to apply following neutralization?
Sure. One is to use a product such as Rustoleum Rust Converter. Its
application will neutralize further oxidation and forms a tough coating. I
don't remember any additional specifics but the TowerTalk archives
(www.contesting.com) may be helpful. This product is available at Home Depot
The other thing you can do is to apply an industrial coating. This is
done on commercial towers out in the field where it's not possible to
re-galvanize them. Call an industrial coating supplier in the yellow pages
and talk to them. There are epoxies available along with other types.
In any case, surface preperation is the key. There are standards for
surface prep (again, check the archives) that you can obtain if you're really
serious. Either of these will add years of life to your steel tower
Cheers, Steve K7LXC
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