How to Repair Chips in Your Hoop's Finish
We get it, it happens. The neighbor’s kid runs his scooter into the base and takes off some of the powder coat finish. You accidentally ding up the post bringing in materials for a weekend project, or your spouse miscalculates how much space he or she needs to get the car out – accidents happens.
Luckily, the strength and integrity of your goal remains unharmed. As for the finish? You may need to make a few simple repairs to ensure your hoop outlasts everything thrown at it.
** Why Do I Need to Repair Chips? **
While your Goalrilla has a lifetime guarantee, do you really want to go through the process of fixing a bigger mess or problem that can easily be fixed in less than 20 minutes if taken care of early?
Rust is the enemy. It’s something you don’t want to see on your Goalrilla or anything else for that matter. Rusting is a kind of corrosion that ultimately weakens the strength of your hoop and happens when there isn’t any protection on the steel pole.
Naturally, this occurs when the powder coat finish isn’t present or has been worn down, for example, in the case of it getting scraped by a car, scooter, or other object.
**How to Repair Scratches, Dings, Chips, and Other Damage to your Hoop **
Wherever the damage is, the first thing you’ll want to do is prepare the surface by sanding it down. Goalrilla recommends using a 180 to 200 grit sandpaper and sanding an inch or two around the affected area. Ensure no rust or loose paint remains.
Once the surface has been evenly sanded down, clean the area with some soapy water and immediately dry.
Since the galvanized steel is exposed, it should be primed with a water-based primer. Our recommendation is the BullsEye 123 Water-Based Primer, which is available at most home improvement stores. Priming is important here as it helps to prevent rust, creates an even finish, and helps the final coat of enamel paint adhere to the steel’s slick surface.
Use a high-performance enamel spray paint to apply the final coats. You may want to apply several coats depending on the area damaged. Follow the instructions on the spray paint can and allow the appropriate time for the paint to dry between coats.
You can find the appropriate spray paint at your local home improvement store. A paint such as Rust-Oleum’s Professional High-Performance Enamel Spray paint would be an ideal choice for this repair.
**Preventative Maintenance **
The easiest way to keep your hoop in tip-top shape is to prevent any damage from ever occurring. If your hoop did not include one, it’s highly recommended to purchase a pole pad. A thick pole pad will protect not only the goal, but objects and people that could potentially collide with it.
Periodically check for any damage every couple of months. If any part of the powder coating has been chipped away, repair it as soon possible.