How to Paint Goal Posts

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How to Paint Goal Posts
Goalposts sustain a large amount of daily wear and tear. (goal image by Vladislav Gajic from

Goalposts undergo a large amount of wear and tear during the course of play. Repainting goalposts regularly protects the metal from rust, sun damage, and gradual deterioration. The task takes only a few hours, and significantly extends the life of the equipment.

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Things you need

  • Sponge or rag
  • Sandpaper
  • 2 gallons primer
  • 2 gallons paint
  • Large paintbrush or roller
  • Ladder

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    Choose durable, water-based paint and primer that will adhere to all paints and metals, but will allow for easy clean-up. Goalpost paint is usually available in white or yellow, and can range from £26 to £52 per gallon as of January 2011. Allow about one gallon per goalpost for a single coat.

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    Wipe down goalposts with a sponge or rag and sand lightly to remove rust or any flaking paint from previous coatings.

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    Apply primer with a large brush or roller, ensuring that the entire goalpost surface is evenly coated. Allow to dry.

  4. 4

    Apply paint with a clean brush or roller, ensuring that the entire goalpost surface is evenly coated. Allow to dry. Check for thin spots where the primer may be showing through, and apply a second coat if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • When painting the upper sections of the goalposts, make sure that your ladder is stable. If you are working on uneven ground, ask someone to hold the ladder steady while you are painting.

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