Why repaint them at all? They will blend into the scenery better and they
sure won't weaken the tower, not in our life anyway. I do believe that at
one time Rohn sold ungalvanized sections for less visibility.
----- Original Message -----
From: "AD5VJ Bob" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 1:26 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 49, Issue 43
> Is this to say I should not scotch brite the surface rust away?
> I received the tower sections today, or at least some of them and I agree
> with the individual who sold them to me, it is surface
> So with this method I would leave them as is and paint over the rusted
> I might add for clarification and further information that the tower
> verticals (not sure of terminology here) the three round
> vertical pipes that make up the tower have no rust.
> The only part of the tower that has rust are the smaller metal bars or
> braces I guess is the name for them. The part of the tower
> that zig zags up the side and holds the vertical pipes together.
> Some of the bars are spotty with rust and some are rusted all the way
> around the bar. But none have pits or deep penetrating rust
> So it doesn't look like an extensive job that is going to take a lot of
> paint. I guess I only need to paint the zig zag parts of two
> mid sections. The "top section" is perfectly clean of any rust.
> Or should I paint the whole thing anyway??
> Tnx Bob AD5VJ
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Donald Chester
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2007 12:02 AM
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] TowerTalk Digest, Vol 49, Issue 43
>> >From: K7LXC@aol.com
>> > > What is the best method, type and brand of products to use for
>> > > getting
>> >rid of surface rust from Rohn 25.
>> I have not been too impressed with "cold galvanising". I
>> found that it begins to rust through after a year or two. I
>> have had much better results with Rustoleum "rusty metal"
>> aluminium paint. It seems to last almost as long as real
>> galvanising. My Rohn 25 tower has been up for over 25 years.
>> I use an ex-AMBC tower base insulator with ungalvanised iron
>> castings bonded to each end of the ceramic, and an
>> ungalvanised steel adaptor plate to attach the insulator to
>> the bottom of the tower. I painted the end castings and
>> adaptor plate with the Rustoleum, and I think I have
>> repainted it once, and it is still in good shape, while the
>> tower itself is beginning to show quite a bit of rust on the surface.
>> The Rustoleum soaks into surface rust and fills the pores, so
>> that the paint-saturated rust acts like a primer and makes
>> the coat of paint adhere more tightly than it would to bare metal.
>> Don k4kyv
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