Ray, or anyone who has successfully painted their dish: When you say 'NON-REFLECTIVE PAINT", do you mean a flat paint, or is gloss or semi-gloss enamel an option? Both my dishes are in need of refurbishing. Is just the paint job your recommendation?
You have two limitations on paint:
- Do not use a metal bearing paint that will block signal.
- Do not use a light reflecting paint that will reflect (and focus) light (and thus heat) onto the feed horn.
More about Painting and Lighting Dishes - Orignally posted 25 Dec 2007 03:50 pm
Can a person paint the face of the dish with latex paint and not harm the signal?
Glenn Simpson replied:
Folks near Yuma are getting their data dishes painted in Algodones with scenery using the cheap Krylon and similar paints. Doesn't seem to hurt. Costs about $40 and looks pretty sporty.
At one installer school I asked your specific question and was told it was OK as long as you didn't use a "Metal bearing paint". Interesting given that the Raven dish is a metal dish.
My expectation is that an irregular surface of metal bearing paint might not focus the signal as well but I could be looking for split ends on frog hair there.
There can be an issue if you use highly reflective paint and reflect sunlight onto the LNB face.
Some of my neighbors that painted there dishes found they forgot to bring the bolts with them.... They now have a nice picture with 4 large flat top Gray Bolts showing.
Also, You need to clean the dish well with paint prep or paint thinner. Otherwise the nice picture will flake off in a year.
Then, there's lighting the dish and here are G'Jim's comments on that:
Howdy Darlin's and Gents,
Wanting to make the tripod/dish visible at night, so as to help prevent folks from driving/walking into it, I added some lights.
At first, I tried some of those solar lights at the base of each leg. But, they just don't stay on very long.
I found a set of 70 bulbs, at BigLots, sold as a 'Umbrella Lighting Kit' ($9.00). It consists of 8 short strings of lights connected to a central hub.
I put the hub around the eye-bolt, strung the lights down the tripod legs and up the feed-horn, secured them with 'twist-ems'. Put the lights on the same timer that controls my awning lights.