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6-3.2.12. Paint Systems. It is important that the metallic
(2) While use of Coating, Epoxy-Polyamide,
housings of avionic test equipment be protected from
the environment. A properly applied paint system
topcoat is a requirement on portable test equipment,
provides effective, long term protection. However, a
Coating, MIL-PRF-81352 (Volume IV or V, Chapter 2)
paint coating is subject to abrasion, chipping,
in the appropriate color, may be used on stationary
scratching, and other forms of damage in service.
indoor test equipment. These topcoat materials are
When damage to the paint on test equipment occurs,
authorized and approved for Navy use. Air Force
positive action shall be taken to provide continuous
personnel should refer to equipment specific manuals
protection to the base metal. The following specific
for proper color and paint systems. Apply in accordance
actions are appropriate.
with Volume II (Navy and Army) or TO 1-1-8 (Air
6-3.2.13. Packaging, Handling and Storage. The
All paint color numbers specified in this manual
packaging, handling and storage procedures contained
are in accordance with the color coding
in Chapter 9 shall apply to test equipment, where
contained in FED-STD-595.
applicable. Organizational/Unit and Intermediate
Maintenance Activities shall comply with the following
a. If painting is impractical due to environmental
conditions, treat damaged paint film as follows:
a. Regular external wipe-down cleaning shall be
accomplished on all test equipment in the custody of
the user activity. Use a clean, dry, soft cloth, Cotton
Flannel, CCC-C-458 Type II (Volume IV or V,
(1) P r e v e n t s accumulation of soils and
(1) Clean the bare area with a Cleaning Cloth,
potentially corrosive materials on equipment.
dampened with Isopropyl Alcohol, TT-I-735 (Volume IV
(2) Clean test equipment has a positive effect
on the mental attitude of the individual using it. Such
equipment generally receives better treatment.
(2) Allow to air dry.
b. Appropriate caps shall be installed on all
equipment cavities and connectors at the Intermediate
Maintenance Activities. If the test equipment is shipped
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to any Organizational/Unit Maintenance Activity with
caps installed, it shall be returned to the Intermediate
Maintenance Activity with the same type of caps
(3) As an interim measure, preserve with a thin
f i l m of Corrosion Preventive Compound,
MIL-DTL-85054, Clear (Amlguard) (Volume IV or V,
c. All decals shall be maintained. This is especially
important during cleaning.
b. Where conditions permit, process test equipment
d. Test equipment being stored/shipped shall be
utilizing the cleaning, corrosion repair, and conversion
preserved and placed in the appropriate carrying case
coating, priming, and painting procedures described in
Chapter 5 and Volume II for avionic equipment with
includes equipment listed as "excess equipment".
the following exceptions:
6-3.3. WAVEGUIDES. Waveguides are only effective
(1) The color requirements specified in do not
if the internal surfaces are completely clean, undented
apply to test equipment. The color of a replacement
and not pitted by corrosion. The method of protecting
topcoat shall be selected to match the original.
the internal finish on a waveguide is to prevent moisture
entry. It is essential that the waveguide seal's integrity