[TowerTalk] Tower Painting

AD5VJ Bob rtnmi at sbcglobal.net
Mon May 1 16:13:30 EDT 2006

 An idea I had once concerning this, as I was getting it all over me, the grass, my hair and my close, was to fill a PVC pipe longer
and a bit more in circumference than the tower leg with the stuff.

I think you can get it in liquids rather than sprays. It would probably be more cost effective than the spray because you would
waste less in the air and in the paint brush.

Of course this would only work if the tower was just delivered new or disassembled used.

This way you could actually dip it and cover the whole thing evenly, never having to do it ever again.

You would of course have to seal the ends of the PVC so that it did not dry when not in use.

This would probably save a lot of primer and be used in many other applications as well.

  73 fer nw,
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> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Painting
> > Hi:
> > In reply to Bob, I think he means red oxide primer, which is an oil 
> > based primer that bonds to the rust (not
> I'm not sure if the above is in reference to my remark about 
> doing the inside of the masts and legs with the primer, but 
> yes that is the primer to which I was refering.
> >sure about the bonding). I have used a lot of that. It is good when 
> >there is no galvanization left. That is, when
> "I think" there is a chemical reaction with the rust from 
> reading the lable on the can, but I'd not gurantee  it.
> >there is no zinc left and the galvanized coating has been completely 
> >(or nearly completely) replaced by rust. I >am not sure they 
> let it get 
> >that far in the Navy.
> >
> > Otherwise, I have used white water based primer that I 
> think is only 
> > an adhesive between the galvanized >metal and the top coat.
> If there's no rust I'd think that would be plenty sufficient.
> >
> > My question was how do you get it on the inside of the 
> tower leg? The 
> > tower sections I work with, mostly, >are tubular steel.
> It all depends on how messy you are willing to get. <:-)) 
> Some just stick a high pressure spray gun into the end of 
> each leg (with the section horizontal of pointeld slightly 
> down hill). I cap off the ends of the legs using plastic pipe 
> caps and wrap electrical tape around the outside over the 
> bolt holes. Then I stand the section on end and pour in 
> enough thinned primer to fill each leg.
> Do this in an area where spilled paint will not be a problem. 
> If one of those caps come soff , or the tape leaks it'll make 
> a big mess in a hurry.
> Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member) N833R - 
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