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Regular Contributor I
Posts: 179
Registered: ‎08-29-2008

I saw a Tan AP and I want to paint it Black

I need to paint two APs flat black so that they can be mounted backstage at a school's auditorium; is there a type of paint (enamel, latex, etc...) that doesn't impede RF?

I know I can buy an enclosure for them and then paint them black, but I have worries that it will bake the AP and having an internal fan is out of the question.
Guru Elite
Posts: 20,598
Registered: ‎03-29-2007

Warranty

Quite a few people want to do this and Aruba says that this will void the warranty. Personally I'm not sure if you can *cough* black magic marker *cough* do this without Aruba frowning on you.


Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Aruba
Posts: 760
Registered: ‎05-31-2007

I saw a Tan AP and I want to paint it Black

Non-Metallic Paint is what would not impede RF.

Lead-based pain from the old-days would not be a good choice of course
:).

Jason
Regular Contributor I
Posts: 179
Registered: ‎08-29-2008

Re: I saw a Tan AP and I want to paint it Black

Hmmm, black marker... gee it just popped into my head. ;-)

Schools frown on lead paint too, man are they ever picky.

I found a thread on RadioReference.com where a member who has testing equipment for such things rated Krylon the best cheap paint for antennas. Needless to say it was a limited test.
Aruba Employee
Posts: 509
Registered: ‎07-03-2008

Re: I saw a Tan AP and I want to paint it Black

Lead paint, delicious, but dangerous.
Occasional Contributor II
Posts: 27
Registered: ‎09-19-2007

Film

Try some of the smaller width black adhesive film that will just stick onto it. Then cut slits for heat dissipation.
Guru Elite
Posts: 20,598
Registered: ‎03-29-2007

Complete Turnaround

I completely take back what I said about the warranty. According to the support site knowledgebase:

"Yes. Aruba recommends the use of latex-based, non-metallic paint for this application. Usually, the coating is thin enough so as not to impact antenna performance. However, Aruba strongly advises customers to test a sample antenna prior to deployment to verify that the specific paint chosen does not impact performance. We do not recommend a particular brand; most should work."

Boy, I was wrong...


Colin Joseph
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Regular Contributor I
Posts: 179
Registered: ‎08-29-2008

Re: I saw a Tan AP and I want to paint it Black

Thanks Joseph for looking into this question further!!!
New Contributor
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Registered: ‎06-18-2009

Re: I saw a Tan AP and I want to paint it Black

You could also try black electrical tape. It's made out of the same stuff as the AP itself...
Contributor I
Posts: 50
Registered: ‎04-29-2008

eh?




APs are made out of vinyl electrical tape? I thought the dang things had some sort of circuit thingy inside... Next time I'm buying a roll instead of a 125. Just have to find the rj45 connector here somewhere.

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