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Painted Antenna Reception

I've recently got the roof painted on my 2015 JGC black. They painted the antenna as well as it was originally white.

Now all I'm getting is static and no HD radio stations.

Could the paint block the signals? or is a connection loose

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Old 04-23-2015, 07:52 PM
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

My guess is a disconnect or loose connection. I don't think paint would cause that much of a signal block. Can it hurt? Yes. But I doubt it would block it completely.
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

I tried pulling the rear headliner and plugging and unplugging the connectors with no luck =\
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

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I tried pulling the rear headliner and plugging and unplugging the connectors with no luck =\

If the paint is a metallic color rather than a plain color, it will probably reduce the signal somewhat due to the metal particles reflecting some radio signal.
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

The paint was a plain gloss black
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

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If the paint is a metallic color rather than a plain color, it will probably reduce the signal somewhat due to the metal particles reflecting some radio signal.
If that was true then all of us with factory metallic paint would have that issue.
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

Maybe the connection behind the radio got loose when they removed the antenna to paint the roof? XM radio sounds fine and I believe am sounds fine as well
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

Something else is definitely wrong.

Paint shouldn't affect anything unless they threw some old lead paint from the 60's on there. Automotive paint should be RF transparent.

Don't forget, the signal has to travel miles to get to your car - a little paint won't hurt. Otherwise, your cell phone wouldn't work inside your vehicle cabin.
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

I recently installed a JL 12W7 as well as HD750/1 Class D amp.
I been doing research and Class D amps are known to obstruct FM waves.
I will look into it when I get home hope that's the cause.
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The paint was a plain gloss black
That would eliminate the possibility of military grade stealth paint--those are more of a matte finish.

If it was working perfectly until you had it painted, have you contacted the folks who painted it?

When you pulled it apart, did you see any paint where it should not have been, as in leaked down into the innards?
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Re: Painted Antenna Reception

Going to bring it back to them on Monday.
I unplugged the antenna cable and reception got a little better, as soon as I plugged it back in it became super staticky

My belief is the antenna is damaged
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