How to Weatherproof a Trampoline
A trampoline combines exercise and fun which is suitable for children and adults of all ages. A trampoline can also be used by some professional athletes like ice skaters, acrobats and professional wrestlers. Regardless of its purpose, trampolines are usually stored outside the entire year. This is done because of their shape and size, as they are difficult to store. A trampoline is mostly fabric that is stretched over a metal frame, but there is still that metal frame and this can rust. Along with the frame, you will find springs and other accessories that are also metal. The article below will explain how to weatherproof the parts of a trampoline that are susceptible to damage.
Step 1 – Sanding Metal
The legs and springs of a trampoline are all metal, as the trampoline’s surface is spread across and hooked to the springs. This metal parts can become scratched, which will cause them to rust. Over time, this rust can eat through the metal, which will weaken the trampoline. Even if the metal has been treated previously, the rust has to be removed. If the rust is left on, it will continue to eat away the metal, even if it is painted over. Check out the metal for instances of rust. Look for noticeable gouges and scratches as well. These areas can be areas for rust to form. Sand off the surface rust, using the sanding block and then use the steel wool to remove the initial layer of rust from the metal. You should be able to see nothing but metal.
Step 2 – Paint the Metal
It is easy to paint the metal on a trampoline. Use spray paint that is made to protect against rust. It should also be waterproof. Choosing matte or satin is completely up to you. Spray on an even layer of the paint over the metal legs and the springs. After this layer of paint has dried, you can apply a second coat. This will help keep the metal from rusting, and will make it harder to scratch. Also repaint the areas of the metal that do not have rust on them, so that the paint job is even and matches the rest of the paint.
Step 3 – Cover the Trampoline
The fabric on the trampoline, though waterproof, can be damaged. Such things as rocks, animals, twigs and other debris can all damage the surface. A trampoline can be protected further from such issues by covering it. Buy a trampoline cover from your local dealer that is the right size for your trampoline. Place it in the center of the trampoline and then unroll it. Pull it over the sides of the trampoline, like it is a fitted sheet for a bed. Secure the cover with cable ties, around the legs of the trampoline. You should cover a trampoline whenever it is not in use but, at the very least, during the winter.