View Full Version : Extreme makeover - jump pole edition

Hunter Mom
Jun. 6, 2011, 11:11 PM
Our striped jumper poles are needing a makeover. Too many years of getting clobbered in lessons has made the ones that were once professionally painted get pretty beaten up. They are stored inside, but still get used a lot. Our show is coming up in July, and so it's time to get them redone. Which really means that we will be redoing them ourselves.

What do you use to put over the paint to make them last longer? I know that the "real" ones have a baked on finish, but we're going to have to rely on whatever we can get from Lowe's. We always use a good quality exterior paint, and will have to sand them down before painting them this year. Any other tips?

Jun. 6, 2011, 11:27 PM
I like to use a good exterior grade oil based paint rather than latex. It's a pain to clean up afterwards but it looks better and lasts quite a bit longer IMO.

Jun. 6, 2011, 11:32 PM
You can put a layer of something clear over the paint. The idea being that that layer gets dinged off and you keep clear coating so the paint doesn't get as damaged.

Jun. 7, 2011, 12:38 AM
We use a clear exterior top coat to help keep the colors looking their best just like peggy suggested. We also have a jump decorating contest/ bbq and get all the jumps painted at the barn together (young girls love it... and are so creative) it only costs the price of paint, drinks, and some food (though most of the parents bring potluck items to share).