ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Shout Box
Recent Posts
FPE in Germany
by HotLine1. 01/17/18 07:07 PM
Video: Inventor of the GFCI self-testing shocks
by Texas_Ranger. 01/17/18 05:32 PM
VDE 0100 to introduce AFCIs
by LongRunner. 01/17/18 10:32 AM
Fujifilm Recalls Power Adapter Wall Plugs
by Admin. 01/16/18 07:04 PM
Air Compressor feeder conductor sizing
by Potseal. 01/15/18 09:08 PM
New in the Gallery:
Housebilding DIY wiring
SE cable question
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 18 guests, and 15 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? #181237
09/26/08 09:17 AM
09/26/08 09:17 AM
K
KJay  Offline OP
Member
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 763
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?

Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: KJay] #181243
09/26/08 11:31 AM
09/26/08 11:31 AM
J
JValdes  Offline
Member
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 301
South Carolina
I think you are going overboard. IMO

Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: JValdes] #181244
09/26/08 12:49 PM
09/26/08 12:49 PM
E
EV607797  Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 745
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."
Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: EV607797] #181252
09/26/08 10:14 PM
09/26/08 10:14 PM
K
KJay  Offline OP
Member
Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 763
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.

Re: Bringing color back on faded fiberglass ladder? [Re: KJay] #181254
09/26/08 10:32 PM
09/26/08 10:32 PM
B
BigB  Offline
Member
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 721
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?).


Featured:

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
AllClear
AllClear
Belmond Iowa US
Posts: 44
Joined: August 2005
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
sparky 22
Admin 20
Potseal 13
Popular Topics(Views)
243,528 Are you busy
180,329 Re: Forum
170,821 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1
(Release build 20180101)
Page Time: 0.020s Queries: 15 (0.005s) Memory: 0.9668 MB (Peak: 1.1076 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-01-18 00:08:56 UTC