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Subject: [TowerTalk] Sunlight protection for fiberglass
From: W1GOR@Maine.RR.Com (W1GOR)
Date: Mon Aug 18 18:38:01 2003
Any fiberglass, no matter how UV-stabilized, will eventually degrade after
prolonged exposure to sunlight. Make your fiberglass spreaders and booms
last many years longer-and decrease their visibility by spray painting them
flat black. First clean and/or degrease them with a  solvent such as acetone
or methyl ethyl ketone...(be VERY careful when using MEK... Follow
cautionary notes supplied with MEK)  Apply a good primer, and allow the
primer to cure at least two days.  Apply a top coat of flat black paint.

Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember, amateurs built the ark,
professionals built the Titanic...

...73, Larry - W1GOR

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Gilmer - N2MG" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 11:08
Subject: [TowerTalk] Sunlight protection for fiberglass

> I have a used M2 40M3L antenna that I am putting back
> together and I noticed that the fiberglass insulating
> parts are starting to "fray" - i.e., the glass fibers
> are separating somewhat, giving the surface a "fuzzy"
> feel.  I suspect UV is the cause.
> I would like to protect the fiberglass from further
> damage.  I considered using 3M #88 electrical tape as
> a "wrap", but is there something more suitable for
> this?
> Mike N2MG
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