Can you paint the Sky?

I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this, but thought I’d throw it out anyway. I live in a rural area and I don’t like putting up obvious objects. For instance, my ham radio antenna is painted camo-brown. What is the advisability of painting the Sky a camo color?

I would advise against it as it may interfere with wind and rain accuracy.

I would guess you can paint it anyway you like, as long as you leave the ultrasonic sensors and the light sensor free from paint. Perhaps your paint will influence the measurement of wind speed a tiny bit, but this difference is so tiny that it would be hard to measure anyway and would fall within the accuracy of the device already.
But if camo-brown makes your sky unit less obvious, than I worry about your blue skies :smile:

I put a ring of prism tape around the top cover on one of my Sky devices, testing it as a bird deterrent:

Camo tape is readily available, and can be peeled off (with a lot of labor) if it doesn’t work out…

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I coated one of my SKY units with a ceramic nano-coating. It helped with the rain-on-plate issue a little. As others have said, if you leave the wind gap clear and don’t paint the light sensor I’d guess you’d be fine. Make sure you use a paint that is compatible with the plastic.

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Also keep in mind that non-white color will cause an increase of heat internally.

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As long as you don’t paint the surfaces within the “wind sampling gap” it shouldn’t affect any of the readings.

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let me add the uv/solar sensor to that. That’s the number one you definitely don’t want to paint :slight_smile:

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Yes, of course. I think that was mentioned. I will probably give it a try, painting the outside minus the entire top surface and the wind sensor gap. I’ll post pictures if I do.

Hi @joe1,

I am intending to paint a Sky to camouflage it in the bush. I plan to use plastic paint primer from the automotive spare parts shop and prepare the surface with a light sanding. Basically I will treat the job the same as painting a plastic part on my car. In the past I have used permanent marker which has worn completely off and silicone tape without any stick also can get a tear and fall off. I am also considering stick on camouflage tape but I dont know how well that will last so perhaps I will just stick some over the paint. I have also considered using camouflage fabric sewn like a sock to fit over it. My purpose is only to measure wind speed and direction so I could perhaps include bird deterrent spikes to prevent them or other animals sitting on it which might bend or break the mount.
cheers Ian :slight_smile:

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Do you know liquid rubber coating?
The advantage is, you can peel it off easily whenever you like.

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You just came up with the solution…Plasti-Dip! Available in rattle spray cans at your local big box store, and intended to peel off when you get tired of the color…

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apparently there is even a manual to do it on amazon: https://tinyurl.com/t5ppxld

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