How To Make An Easy Parabolic Reflector From An Old Satellite Dish




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embarado smithing and woodcraft: try polishing like a cars chrome   with a buffer

APOLLOREALITY: What diameter is the dish? Have you tried using chrome vinyl covering?

dorianbelen: Use 2000 sand paper and scotch brite over that paint and polished.

teknonut1946: I am going to try using some clear over a base coat of chrome on my dish.

MrFlyTWA: You could also buy small square mirror tiles found at craft stores and hot glue them on that would work for sure.

MrFlyTWA: Here is a trick I would use on my Son's Pine wood derby race cars, saves time on sanding. Don't know how it would hold up in weather condition but sure it would improve a smoother surface. Apply coats of elmers glue and water it down slightly as needed dry in between coats. When you apply paint do not allow paint to dry before you apply second coat! If you apply spray paint over dry painted surface it will bubble up for some reason. My son always had mirror like finishes on all his Pine wood derby cars. Good luck let me know if it works for you. 

archie977: aliminum foil might work better

phillip ledford: maybe you could use a mirrored type window tint

Tony Hardy: like you see how shiny a real chrome bumper is? Or how shiny and reflective a silver flake automotive paint job can be?

Tony Hardy: If you get a good coat of that crome on the surface you could try to buff it now, use very fine sand paper, wet, then buffing compound and a wheel to buff surface to mirror.

ParaglidingManiac: How about using a chrome paint?

Stephen Glaister: To make your spray can spray like a spray gun place spray can in a tub of warm water it will atomise the paint better and increase the pressure inside the can

palle farligsen: Try and make a search for "mirror chrome paint"

kyleboy1993: spray glue buddy spray glue

hans ulrich rudel: just use aluminium foil and glue it on ..then you could cook on it...

david contreras: I think it would help since it makes it more reflective.

Dharma Kissoon: Cool job man , I want to make a wifi dish, would spray painting it chrome would gain or boost up the wifi signal?

Umesh Kumawat: would sticking a lot of small square flat mirrors work better than painting ..?? 

craftsman673: Lol. I really need to scrap the "honker" dish in my mom's yard...She's been after me for years to do it.

craftsman673: Just an FYI... My best friend here in N.C. used to work at a place called Channel Master. He actually made the very first mold for the 18 inch satellite dish. A couple of years before the dish came out, I remember him telling me that they were doing away with the big sattalite dishes, and cable TV will be a thing of the past...lol. I now have cable Internet.
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