Cleaing soild dish?

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  1. CFreak

    CFreak Thread Starter Member

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    I was needing to clean a fiberclass bud and ku dish. I was wanting to make sure I didn't try to clean them with anything that would harm the surface. I was thinking of soap(dish washing liquid) and water. Any advice on the do's don'ts of cleaning a dish would be appericated. :rolleyes:
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  2. richyrich

    richyrich Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Fiberglass clean

    I think you thinked ok, soap 'n water, and a scrub brush...

    Do not paint over dish!!! Use a car wax, buff it, then remove all wax; and shine...

    Oils can harm fiberous material, probably do not use gas or oil based cleaners. Sunlight harms plastics, so the wax and shine should help.:D
  3. chapelrun

    chapelrun Active SatelliteGuys Member Pub Member / Supporter

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    I used Bleach and Hot Water

    I got a free 8 foot Channel Master that was very dirty and stained. I used Hot Water with some Bleach and it came out almost completely white.

    The dish is fiberglass and it did not hurt the dish at all.
  4. CFreak

    CFreak Thread Starter Member

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    I didn't think of bleach. I may do that.
  5. MrFTAMan

    MrFTAMan Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    I used a scrub pad with a slid out handle to clean my 8 foot solid dish and cleaner in bucket of water. My dish had years of pecan tree sap built up.
    Look like a new dish! I will paint the Button Hook and all metal with cans of black spray paint and replace all bolts and nut with new ones. I have been using my dish since 1986!
  6. Iceberg

    Iceberg We're here....RUN!!!! Supporting Founder

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    I've cleaned my solid dishes with that car wash soap and warm water. Neighbor thinks I'm nuts ;)
  7. Cham

    Cham Professional Hobbyist Pub Member / Supporter

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    I painted my 10' fiberglass olive green so to make it less noticeable. Worked out great, no damage to the dish. Used regular house paint, can't remember the brand etc but likely latex. Fiberglass was listed as ok on the label.
    -C.

    edit:
    I used a flat non reflective paint (See posts below!)
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2010
  8. Anole

    Anole SatelliteGuys Guru

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  9. SatelliteAV

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    Would not recommend waxing or any reflective finish as this will reflect the sun's rays into your feedhorn twice a year when the sun tracks the Clarke Belt. Worst case fry the electronics or at least stress them.
  10. kingofku

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    You should see the looks on the truck wash guys when I bring my uplink trunk in for a bath!
  11. Tron

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    I don't see why... You don't think they are nuts when they wash their treasured car ;) ...

    You should speak gently to your dishes as you clean them, that should really freak them out! :D
  12. Anole

    Anole SatelliteGuys Guru

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    one upsmanship...

    Oh, I don't know.
    How 'bout you shout at 'em and tell 'em how dirty they are!? - :eek:
    And if you've got the ... nerve, then also pull out that cat-o-nine-tails and beat 'em with it, too!

    Now, THAT will freak 'em out! - :D - :eek: - :rolleyes:

    . . . and we'll come see you on visiting days! - ;)
  13. gremlin411

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    Anole, not all of us have cat-o-nine-tails !!:angel:
  14. Larry1

    Larry1 Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    For some of the smaller, (Ku dishes), the reflective surface is a paint on the outside. Be carefull not to remove the reflective surface. For most larger fiberglass dishes the reflective surface is a mesh inside the fiberglass.
  15. PopcornNMore

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    I use Krud Kutter available at Lowes and Home Depot along with a scrub brush.

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  16. Ironsides

    Ironsides Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    I use

    I use Krud Kutter from Lowes and a wash cloth....

    I have painted a dish used camo paint and never saw any loss in signal. I just re-painted my Direct PC dish with Flat White and never saw any changes in signals from either satellite. I am getting ready to add some new lettering on it so that would be my next test on signal. I'm not saying painting a dish will not drop signals but I guess I am lucky as I have not seen any signal changes bad or good.

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