I don't see why it would not work. It is a Lacquer based primer and should
not contain any lead products. However, I would query the SteppIR folks to
The primer I use is: "Dupli-Color" P/N LMEDAP 1690 in a 12 oz spray can.
It is a pale green: typical camouflage color. It should be available at any
auto parts that carry Dupli-Color paint products.
It works great on any metal and fiberglass, including Gel-Coat surfaces. I
usually clean the surface with a brillo pad or similar scrubber and water to
make sure it is dulled a little and clean from handling greases, butterflies
From: RLVZ@aol.com [mailto:RLVZ@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:52 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Painting Antennas
Sounds like Jim has a great idea on the self-etching automotive primer.
Do you think this same technique would work on SteppIR elements? (I've got
some that are all faded out and could use a paint job)
In a message dated 10/26/2010 11:26:52 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
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
most auto parts. I get mine from NAPA.
I would not recommend applying any paint directly to aluminum. It will
off in short order.
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> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Robert Harmon
> Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:35 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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
> Krylon has a latex, gray aluminum primer that looks interesting.
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