PAINT MY POLE

     (pimp my pole)

 

SPIDERPOLES ARE EASY TO RE-PAINT 

ANY COLOR YOU LIKE

 

Perhaps my pole (pictured on the right) is a little more colorful than you like, but I think you get the idea.  It can be any color you want it to be.  Perhaps you also see why Spiderbeam does not let me design poles!

 

TYPE OF PAINT:

 

Almost any paint will do.  

The best is to get a spray can of paint used for touching up the paint on cars.

You may also use Acrylic or Nitro based paints.

 

VERY IMPORTANT:

 

The bottom end of each pole segment has no paint on it.  Its surface is also very rough compared to the rest of the surface on the segment.  

DO NOT PAINT OVER THIS ROUGH PORTION OF THE POLE SEGMENT!

 

PREPARATION  (Before painting):

  • Clean the pole using water and a mild soap (such as dish washing soap)
  • Rinse it thoroughly and allow to dry.
  • Sand the area to be painted lightly with a very fine sand paper (or emory paper).
  • Rince thoroughly and allow to dry completely.
  • Wrap the rough surface with masking tape

If the pole has been outside for a really long time (many years) and has a really rough surface, it may need additional attention.  In that case we suggest cleaning with Acetone or MEK and/or fine sand paper.  After cleaning, follow the procedure above, washing with mild soap and water, etc.

 

PAINTING:

  • Hold the pole segment by the taped portion with one hand and spray THIN coats of paing with the other hand.
  • Apply 2 or 3 very thin coats of paint, rather than 1 or 2 thick coats
  • Allow to dry between coats of paint

 

TIP:

 

To make holding the pole segment easier, run a thin rope (or nylon string) through the entire length of the pole segment and string it between two trees or two "anythings".

 

This will support the pole segment and you won't have to hold it while you are spraying.  It also allows for easy drying without having to touch the outer surface of the pole.