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Re: [TowerTalk] Painting Rohn 45

To: "N2TK, Tony" <>,"Towertalk (E-mail)" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Painting Rohn 45
From: "W3YY" <>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 00:07:53 -0000
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Tony -

I applied Rust Bullet here a couple of years ago to my 120ft Rohn 45G tower. 
So far it seems to be doing the job and it looks like a good product.  If 
you do the job on the tower, purchase some of  those full coverage painting 
coveralls sold at Home Depot.  It's almost impossible to do the job on the 
tower without getting some or lots on yourself and climbing belt (if you 
have a good used climbing belt, this is a great time to use it).

I've found it best to use a paint glove or sponge to apply it.  Much quicker 
than a brush, but you do tend to get it all over yourself.  The need to 
apply a second coat in 24-48hr (can't remember exactly the window) is a 
pain, but it's to cover any pinholes that might appear after the first coat.

73, Bob - W3YY

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "N2TK, Tony" <>
To: "Towertalk (E-mail)" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 28, 2006 11:54 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Painting Rohn 45

>I have a Rohn 45 tower that is about 25 years old. It is starting to show
> some rust coloring. It is not flaking or scaling, just a rust color on 
> some
> of the tower. I'm looking at what is available for "renewing" the tower. I
> really don't want to take down the tower and have it re-galvanized at this
> point, although that would most likely be the best thing to do. Since 
> there
> is no scaling and the rust coloration is on about 20% of the tower, 
> figured
> some kind of "paint" would be okay. The questions is which "paint"?
> Looking for input on this.
> What I have looked at so far is Rust Bullet, POR-15, Brite Zinc, 
> Rust-oleum,
> Wasser and CRC.
> Rust Bullet seems to make some pretty strong claims about not having to 
> sand
> off the rust before applying two coats of their product.
> Any input of Rust Bullet and any of these and any other products that are
> recommended?
> I'll be tilting over the tower in August to change antennas. Thought it
> would be a good time to strip the tower and paint it.
> Tnx for any feedback.
> N2TK, Tony
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