I had solar post caps installed on the posts of my deck just a little over
a year ago. I don't really know where the contractor got them and what
brand they are. Looks like they might have been picked up at a local Home
Depot. Anyways, having been in full sun for a year (you'd think it's a
basic design requirement for a solar light), the vinyl around the solar
panels have yellowed pretty badly. The vinyl of the railing is fine. I
would like to replace the caps, so can someone recommend from experience a
good brand to look for?
I'd be interested in the same, but I have a feeling I"m going to go to
low voltage. All of the solar products that I've seen for porch/walkway
lighting have been cheap, disposable crap and I haven't gotten a
recommend for anything better yet.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I'd try that before I paid to replace them- scuff up with a scotchbrite
pad, degrease, and spray paint with something that says it is compatible
with plastic. If the plastic parts need to flex at all, the stuff sold
for car bumpers should work. Nothing to lose but the five bucks for the
paint, and a little time. Without seeing the caps, don't know if it is
trivial to remove and disassemble, or if masking and painting in place
Personally, I always did think that vinyl was over-rated for any
applications where sunlight and/or weather are involved.
Might have been true a decade ago, but our busy plastics chemists have
come up with a real arsenal of UV inhibitors since then, as witness
the burgeoning use of vinyl conduit in above and underground
electrical services. Recently there has been a lot of commercial
activity in vinyl trim for residential use. IIRC, Certainteed is one
of those. I've got some vinyl house gutters 7 or 8 years old that have
weathered as well as the neighbors aluminum. Consider also, the high
percentage of vinyl windows being used in residential these days.
In one aspect you're right...a crappy product will yield crappy
results. Some fly-by-night molders will likely always be around to
screw the unwary.
Thank you for your suggestions, guys. I don't know if Certainteed actually
makes solar post caps but I'll take a look, maybe they do.
I am reluctant to paint the caps back to bright white because chances are
I'm not going to be able to restore the shine of the surface and they are
probably going to look like an amateur work. However, painting does beat
simply throwing out otherwise fine LED lights, so I'll have to check if it
would be easy enough to remove the cap from the rest of the light's parts
(electronics, glass, reflector). There is too much other surfaces to cover
when spray-painting, the cap must certainly be removed and painted
separately. I'm going to attempt that when it becomes a bit warmer outside.
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