The Electrical Contractor Network

ECN Electrical Forum
Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Books, Tools and Test Equipment for Electrical and Construction Trades

Register Now!

Register Now!

We want your input!

Featured:
   

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

   
Recent Posts
Sprinklered equipment 26-008
by bigpapa
12/02/16 04:24 PM
On Delay Relay with Auto Reset
by Potseal
12/01/16 09:59 AM
Wow, that was close!
by jraef
11/28/16 07:06 PM
Earthquake in New Zeeland
by RODALCO
11/27/16 11:25 PM
Calling all Non-US members!! (Non-US only)
by Tjia1981
11/27/16 06:33 AM
New in the Gallery:
12.5A through 0.75mm˛ flex (just out of curiosity)
Shout Box

Top Posters (30 Days)
gfretwell 15
HotLine1 10
Trumpy 8
Texas_Ranger 8
sparkyinak 7
Who's Online
1 registered (sparkyinak), 237 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#181237 - 09/26/08 07:17 AM Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder?
KJay Offline
Member

Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 763
Loc: MA, USA
Does anyone know if it is possible to bring the color back on the outer rails of a slightly faded fiberglass extension ladder?
I don’t need it to be perfect, but would like have it look like somebody actually cares about it. I was wondering if a buffing wheel and Trewax or white polishing compound like is used on fiberglass boats would work with out damaging the ladders integrity or making the surfaces too slippery. Am I being too superficial about appearance? Any experiences with doing this?

Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Arc Flash Clothing, Gloves, KneePads, Tool Belts, Pouches, Tool Carriers, etc. etc....

#181243 - 09/26/08 09:31 AM Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: KJay]
JValdes Offline
Member

Registered: 06/03/07
Posts: 308
Loc: South Carolina
I think you are going overboard. IMO

Top
#181244 - 09/26/08 10:49 AM Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: JValdes]
EV607797 Offline
Member

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
My son uses auto wax on his ladders and yes, he buffs them too. He's pretty picky, but he's a CATV installer and wants his truck to look sharp. I can't say that I'd blame him. He also says that having a smooth surface makes them a lot easier to extend when handling the ladder by himself.

I can speak from experience that UV exposure will eventually deteriorate them if something isn't done. I have a 28' one that literally had a foot break off due to UV rot. You should take care of them before this happens.
_________________________
---Ed---

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

Top
#181252 - 09/26/08 08:14 PM Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: EV607797]
KJay Offline
Member

Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 763
Loc: MA, USA
 Originally Posted By: EV607797

I can speak from experience that UV exposure will eventually deteriorate them if something isn't done. I have a 28' one that literally had a foot break off due to UV rot. You should take care of them before this happens.


Presevation was also a big concern. This ladder is almost 18 years old, but still in good condition overall. I don't want the fiberglass strands to break down as it is a nice Type 1A with the pole rest and messenger hooks on it. I think I'm going to try the mild compound and wax and see how it goes.

Top
#181254 - 09/26/08 08:32 PM Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: KJay]
BigB Offline
Member

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 727
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
Why don't you just coat it with UV resistant clear laquer from a rattle can? I do this with my fiberglass fish rods when they start to get splintery (Thats a word, right?).

Top



ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals