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Re: [TowerTalk] Painting Antennas

To: Jim Hargrave <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Painting Antennas
From: Robert Harmon <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 22:15:37 -0700
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We have a Napa Auto Parts close by, I'll check it out.



On Oct 26, 2010, at 9:26 PM, Jim Hargrave wrote:

> Bob,
> The secret is a good primer. I use a self-etching automotive primer
> formulated for Aluminum and fiberglass. You can cover it with Enamel,
> Lacquer or Latex based paints. Its available at automotive paint stores and
> most auto parts. I get mine from NAPA.
> I would not recommend applying any paint directly to aluminum. It will peel
> off in short order.
>     73's Jim
>      W5IFP
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> []On Behalf Of Robert Harmon
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:35 PM
>> To:
>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Painting Antennas
>> This week I am in the process of taking down  antennas from my
>> tower and replacing with
>> new ones.  In the San Francisco Bay area the aluminum doesn't
>> take very long to corrode and the old ones are in pretty bad condx.
>> I'm thinking about painting the new antennas this time and see
>> how they hold up.
>> I read in the Force 12 assembly instructions for their C3 they
>> mention painting the antenna and it shouldn't affect the tuning.
>> I have considered this before and remember discussions about it
>> but I am wondering if anyone
>> could give feedback on a particular paint that has worked well for this.
>> Krylon has a latex, gray aluminum primer that looks interesting.
>> Bob
>> K6UJ
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