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Old 02-28-2007, 12:20 AM   #1
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I checked out a few old threads on this subject, and I just want to make sure it's still ok.

I just traded in my black car for one that's Dessert Rock Metallic (fancy name for gold). I picked up a bottle of matching touch-up paint from the dealer si I can paint the Sirius antenna.

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1) Will metallic paint effect reception? Are "metallic" auto paints really metallic?

2) Should I use a primer first?

3) Are there any issues regarding painting the antenna and dimished signal reception?
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I had a car with a fiberglass hood and I mounted the antenna underneath the hood. It worked great there. The car was painted metallic silver.

Try spray a couple of coats of whatever paint you get on a piece of cardboard first. Then put your radio in signal aiming mode and hold the cardboard over top of the antenna and watch for any signal loss.... If you don't get a loss, the paint should be OK.


I've never painted an antenna so I can't give much advice on technique
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The XM antennas on Hondas come factory color matched to the car and there was a vendor here at one time that was selling and/or painting your existing Sirius antenna. No issues.
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The XM antennas on Hondas come factory color matched to the car and there was a vendor here at one time that was selling and/or painting your existing Sirius antenna. No issues.
Yeah. My first choice would be to use the factory-installed XM antenna for my Sirius pnp Starmate receiver, but I have not found a way to do this.

I did a search and found a post from a "brianwebb" who seems like an excellent resource for this information (sounds like a real good guy, too). He has been able to cut the factory XM antenna wire, and splice different adaptors on to the end so it could be connected to a Sirius pnp receiver. The process requires tools and talents that I don't have, and I wouldn't know where to find someone who would do this. Also, my Pilot is a lease, and I would need to "undo" this modification at the end of the lease.

I was hoping to find a simple plug-in adaptor that would do the trick. So far, no luck.

That's the only reason why I would consider painting a Sirius antenna.
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isn't this it???

http://www.tss-radio.com/sirius-dual...er-p-3910.html
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I checked out a few old threads on this subject, and I just want to make sure it's still ok.

I just traded in my black car for one that's Dessert Rock Metallic (fancy name for gold). I picked up a bottle of matching touch-up paint from the dealer si I can paint the Sirius antenna.

Questions:

1) Will metallic paint effect reception? Are "metallic" auto paints really metallic?

2) Should I use a primer first?

3) Are there any issues regarding painting the antenna and dimished signal reception?

Metallic Paint won't effect it. All newer paints don't actually have Metal or Metal Particles in them anymore.

Use a primer first as well as a good surface prep and something called adhesive promoter.

It won't diminish the signal so long as you do it right.

Almost all the manufacturers are painting the factory antennas now, BMW, Audi, Honda, Acura, Mercedes, etc.
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Metallic Paint won't effect it. All newer paints don't actually have Metal or Metal Particles in them anymore.

Use a primer first as well as a good surface prep and something called adhesive promoter.

It won't diminish the signal so long as you do it right.

Almost all the manufacturers are painting the factory antennas now, BMW, Audi, Honda, Acura, Mercedes, etc.

Who better to answer this post than paintedantenna.
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Who better to answer this post than paintedantenna.
I remember how difficult in the beginning it was to convince that painting wouldn't affect the reception.
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this adapter from TSS,is probably your best bet but if you insist on painting it yourself, try http://www.paintscratch.com/
type in your year, make, and model or VIN, and they sell you an entire kit with your car's paint color in a spray can, plastic primer [adhesive promoter] and the clear coat-all for about $58-$75
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bcab, i can assemble you a True Plug-and-Play OEM XM>Sirius adapter cable, so that you may use your Honda Pilot XM antenna on your Sirius receiver, without damaging or altering the factory equipment. but you will need to tell me the specifics concerning your Pilot: year?

and what type of Sirius receiver you will be using?

you can post here in response, or email me directly below to my personal email address.

excerpts from the original post a year ago (must be Logged In to view):
http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...t=84627&page=2
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