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Old 11-19-2022, 06:01 PM
SwimmingDragonfly96 SwimmingDragonfly96 is offline
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Default Metallic paint on wing tips and antennas

Does anyone know if having metallic paint on the wing tips affects the operation of the antennas in there?
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Old 11-19-2022, 06:40 PM
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I have metallic paint and my GPS antenna is in the wingtip and have had no issues.
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Old 11-19-2022, 08:03 PM
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Old 11-19-2022, 08:34 PM
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In most aviation paints these days the flake is actually plastic.
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Old 11-19-2022, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by DanH View Post
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From Don (FAQs):
"Can the Antenna be painted?

Yes, the antenna can be painted, I have painted all the antennas I offer and have found no noticeable performance degradation . If you choose to paint please clean the surface well and use good painting procedures. Do not use metal flake type paint as it may negatively affect the antenna performance. "
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Old 11-20-2022, 09:56 AM
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most metallic flake in paint is Mica, not metal. However, there are countless different types used, so cannot say that ALL of it is non-metallic.
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