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Re: [TowerTalk] why not regalvanize?

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] why not regalvanize?
From: "K8RI on Tower talk" <>
Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 22:21:30 -0400
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> Question:
> Does painting over rust ever really *stop*
> the rust or merely cover it over so it
> continues to erode and there is an unexpected
> failure?

It depends on the paint and the condition of the rusted spot.
Some paints claim to chemicaly inhibit the process.  I do think the 
Rustoleum (TM) primer that says for rusted metal really does work as long as 
the rust has not progressed to the point of having done damage.

I seem to remember a paint referred to as "Cold Galvanizing" that claims to 
do the same thing, but I only have experience with the Rustoleum. Even then 
with only a few cases the evidence is more anticdotal than conclusive.

Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2

> I suppose *in theory* some coating materials
> seal things so well that no oxygen can get to
> the prior rusting areas thus no further action
> may occur -- but *in practice* ??
> doc
> > N2TK, Tony wrote:
>> My Rohn 45 has a light coloring of rust on the upper sections. There is 
>> no
>> flaking. My thought is to paint it rather than re-galvanize.
> >
>> other think, the paint used in comercial towers is
>> Water Based Latex Emulsion   under the name of Blended
>> Vinyl Acrylic Emulsion , rohn-radian sell it   with
>> this use:
>> Water Based Tower Paint for use on untreated
>> galvanized surfaces. Vinyl/acrylic emulsion resin
>> provides long-term protection and performance. Offers
>> resistance to weather, ease of application with a
>> paint mitt, and freedom from fire hazard. Meets FAA
>> regulations for color-coding.
>> Hector G
> -- 
> Thanks! & 73, doc kd4e
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