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Author Topic: safe paint for painting a mobile antenna ??  (Read 1979 times)
SV1ENS
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« on: May 15, 2013, 12:36:56 PM »

Hello,

Due to antenna restrictions, I'm currently using a 40m whip at my back yard, the antenna is black in color and sticks out like a sour
thumb, it's only a matter of time till it is noticed by my nice neighbours and I may have to take it down.
I can probably delay the antenna being noticed by painting it a light color, white or light blue maybe...

Two questions:

1) What color is less noticed ??
2) What kind of paint can be used on an antenna which will not affect it's performance ??

TNX
73
Demetre VE3/SV1ENS
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K1WJ
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 01:25:06 PM »

Any paint without metal -bought spray can at hardware store, painted mine tan to fit in surroundings - I think they make Camo also. Look at the background behind whip & paint it that color. I'm in the same HOA BS. 73 K1WJ David
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2013, 09:15:54 PM »

Don't paint the insulators...if you get paint on there, wipe it off completely.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 10:52:25 PM »

Insulators ?
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 11:45:12 AM »

I've painted a number of Hustler 4, 5 and 6-BTV's due to HOA concerns.  I used Krylon spray in tan, green and brown to make a camo effect.  If your antenna is tunable, make certain you've got the tuning nailed down before you paint it or you will find yourself sanding paint off to adjust the length of the antenna.  Avoid metallic paint for obvious reasons.

Insulators?  Maybe he means "traps".  Either way, tune it up first, then paint.  I had very good results making my antennas disappear.

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Terry, WØFM
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 01:16:07 PM »

The local home depot has camo non reflective spray paint, I'll give it a go (after I tune it) with an army camo color scheme.
This should be a fun project, brings back army memories :-)

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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2013, 11:29:36 AM »

Finished product, the painted camo version next to an unpainted version...

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/600/20130518141159.jpg/

The pine green doesn't show on the picture well, mostly on the top to blend with the local pines.
rest, desert sand color same as desert storm used :-)

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