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Preventing buildup

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by mhammett, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. mhammett

    mhammett AllStar

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    I assume most of them are bunk, but are there any coatings or methods (other than radome\heater) to reduce the effects of rain\ice\snow build up on a dish? I know I'm not going to affect attenuation on the thousands of miles between the dish and the satellite, but looking for any sort of edge I can give my customers. I know in the microwave industry some people swear spraying PAM or RainX on the dishes helps reduce ice\snow.
     
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    While what you mention will aid in reducing the build up of rain/snow on the dish, wet, heavily saturated clouds will still cause rain/snow fade.
     
  3. mhammett

    mhammett AllStar

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    Right, hence why I said what I said.
     
  4. cabletech

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    Spraying any thing on the dish only lasts about 20 minutes. The best thing is to get a heater unit and install that.

    You can find them at Perfect 10 (perfect-10.tv) and maybe at Solid Signal.
     
  5. studechip

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    Rain-X lasts longer than anything else I have tried, weeks at least, and doesn't make the surface sticky. PAM is actually counter productive like that.
     
  6. Beerstalker

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    I imagine a good car polish/wax may work even better than rain-x since it is meant to go on painted surfaces as opposed to glass.
     
  7. carl6

    carl6 Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Mounting the dish where you can get to it and brush snow off is an option.

    Having a super-squirter or similar device where you can shoot a stream of warm water at the dish is an option.

    Having a brush on a long stick that can reach the dish is an option.

    If the situation is where you regularly get snow or ice accumulations that are a problem, then a dish heater is the best option. You don't have to run it all the time, only when there is a problem.
     

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