I’ve purchased a K4KIO Broadband Hexbeam (20m-6m) recently and am in the process of putting it together.
Stage 1: Painting the spreaders
The fibreglass spreaders are pretty much just that, fibreglass so over time, believe it would weather and start to shred fibres over time. K4KIO recommended to paint the spreaders. There was discussion re Rustoleum in a can but at $15 per can here in Australia, its expensive. Ended up getting an equivalent in paint from Brinlays Paints which has the same properties. Two coats of this primer, then two coats of a product called Sunguard which is an outdoor paint. Quite thick stuff. End results are below. Some might say its an overkill but I guess I’m an overkill guy..
Stage 2: Telescopic pole resuscitation
Stage 3: Lightweight Rotator
Stage 4: Hexbeam assembly
Stage 5: On-air testing