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Re: Fiberglass Pole care

Paint it with marine grade paint even if you gel coat it. The gel coat
lasts about 3-5 years without paint. After that it(the gel lcoat)
degrades slowly, as it would on a boat. Since the boom is not usually
too easy to wash and wax (hi hi) it will degrade a bit faster than on a
boat which is maintained from time to time. I do recommend the gel coat.
A small pint can goes a long way and it can be tinted bluish gray( or
any other color) to blend in with the sky or whatever.

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Stephensen, KD6OZH" <kd6ozh@gte.net>
To: "Allen Fugelseth" <allen@cruzio.com>; "'amsat-bb@amsat.org'"
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2001 10:27 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Fiberglass Pole care

> You need to paint it. I took one down after five years and it was
> The material decomposes in UV light and smog and the glass fibers
> sloughing off the surface.

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