Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 12, 2005 10:58:34 GMT -6
An email that I received from a visitor to the site:
"How do you suggest painting them so that the paint does not chip off upon throwing them back and forth? I want lime green balls, but can't find any in that color so looking for suggestions? Thanks!!"
You need to purchase "plastic" spray paint from a hardware store. Home Depot stocks some, but Ace Hardware stocks more color varieties it seems. I purchased a big lot of recycled balls from The Sports Authority cheap. I drilled my holes, set the lines and then when it came time to paint, I taped the lines with masking tape so as not to get them colored when I sprayed and I dangled teh bolas over a saw horse. I then sprayed the balls with multiple coats of "plastic" spray paint. After that dried, I sprayed each of the balls with spray enamel to give them that extra hardcoat protection. It seems to work very well because we played the heck out of the themed sets that I made this past weekend and none of the balls chipped. I don't know if they make lime green "plastic" spray paint, therefore, you may have to experiment with using a "non made for plastic" spray paint in that color and then overcoat it with spray enamel. This may work, but only time will tell. Good luck!
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 12, 2005 13:00:10 GMT -6
Great tip! Thanks Ted!!
This method Ted speaks about is if you want to drill all the way through the balls (which I personally don't prefer to do because I think it makes the bolas look cheap), but this dowell rod will still work with one at a time on the end if you don't drill all the way through the ball.
Does anyone know where can Dowell Rods be purchased and how much do they cost? I would think that a craft stick would work equally the same and it possibly may be cheaper.
**Another way to paint the balls is by using the pvc ball holder mentioned on another thread on this forum. Make enough of them for all of the balls to get it done quicker. You will have to flip the balls once they dry to do the other sides, but hey, it "will" work.
What about using model car paints from testor or pactra if you want a large selection of unique colors. But for even more durability, consider using plastic coat color dip available at almost all hardware stores. This gives the golf balls a rubber coating in bright colors for added durability.