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How to Paint Goal Posts

Updated April 17, 2017

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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  1. 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.

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

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

  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.

  5. Warning

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Ann Pedtke

Ann Pedtke has been writing about science and the environment since 2001. Her work has appeared in "Isotope," "Green Prints," "The Hudson River Almanac," "The Conservationist" and other publications. Pedtke holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and works in environmental education in New York City.

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