Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

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Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

Post by original45 » 15 May 2018, 17:56

Finally managed to get a mate to bring my Antron 99 down carefully.
Fibres have slightly lifted, not very visible but you can feel it on the hands and fingers.

After a wash in washing powder it's drying now as it was mossy green with mould from 5 years in situ.

What's the best procedure to protect it for future years .
I was thinking a light sand with 1000 grade paper"wearing thick gloves" and a coat of fibre glass resin ?.

Secondly stealth ,I may spray it to further protect it ,suggestions for making it more a stealth by changing colour.
What colours best ?.

Thirdly the top too sections have a spring washer between them ,is this standard or should their be no washer present.
Obviously not the best performing antenna hence I wish to upgrade however it's been very well behaved and stood up well.

I would have loved to fit the fire up top section and the ground plain kit but for what I may gain if anything may not be cost effective.

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Re: Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

Post by The Collector » 15 May 2018, 19:40

Wear a mask and goggles when rubbing the sections down. Nasty stuff. Yacht varnish, gel coat for fibreglass or a few layers of paint (non metallic) will suffice.
The washers are usual, ground-planes apparently make zero difference and the top-up section's had mixed reviews.

I sprayed mine in matt camo' colours and bolted it to a dying conifer a few years back. Pic's might still be on here somewhere. You could only see about 4 feet at the top so I put some tiny black zip-ties on the top section so it looked a bit "branchy" too lol. My wife STILL DOESN'T KNOW it's a CB aerial! She thinks it's one of the blackberry brambles that climb through the conifers.

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Re: Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

Post by NightProwler » 15 May 2018, 20:07

The Collector wrote:
15 May 2018, 19:40
My wife STILL DOESN'T KNOW it's a CB aerial! She thinks it's one of the blackberry brambles that climb through the conifers.
:lol: Brilliant
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Re: Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

Post by original45 » 16 May 2018, 14:09

Collector thank you.
Bottom section seemed worse de laminated but after a light sand wearing pp and a coat of fibre glass resin it's looking good.
Once it's dried off hard It will get a couple coats of yacht varnish also then maybe a 're colour some kind of light grey to sky blue .
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Re: Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

Post by The Collector » 16 May 2018, 19:27

Any colour, even the whitest white will show up darker against the sky, whether it's cloudy or not.

If you're not bothered about it showing up a bit more, then any colour that's available will do...just don't use water-based or metallic stuff obviously :)

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Re: Glass fibres lifting on the Antron 99 repair advice

Post by original45 » 16 May 2018, 19:51

Got it , thanks again

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