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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Paint
From: Roger <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 04:37:40 -0500
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On 1/17/2011 8:04 AM, Pete Smith wrote:
> There's a lot in the archive on this.  I used a pressure washer to
> remove the old loose paint, then a primer specially formulated for
> galvanized metal, followed by good quality latex house paint.  After 15
> years, aside from a little wear on the tower rungs from climbing, it
> looks essentially like it did the day I painted it.
It depends on whether the tower will see a lot of climbing or not.
A good quality house paint should be fine for a static installation.  
The 45G and 25G here have and will see a lot of climbing and latex house 
paint is not nearly durable enough for that.    I use a good single part 
commercial grade  acrylic over a self etching primer for bare metal and 
without the primer for galvanized.  The paint is available in flat or 
gloss. Machine gray works well in a flat although other colors blend 
well with the background including a pale, flat, blue or brown.
it's durable enough to withstand a fair amount of climbing. OTOH it runs 
about 2 to 3 times the price of latex house paint.

Work boots with dirt on them is like taking a power sander to the cross 


Roger (K8RI)
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> On 1/17/2011 7:39 AM, Joel Harrison wrote:
>> I have a tower I have acquired that has been painted red&   white that I want
>> to paint over so it looks "natural" or as close to its unpainted galvanized
>> color as possible. The tower is in excellent condx so it is just a cosmetics
>> issue, not a structural one of rust or diminishing galvanizing.
>> Is there a specific paint that anyone here has used or any tips on tower
>> painting?
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