Tower Painters has learned a lot over the years and we approach ski lift paint jobs with that knowledge. We look at the lift, figure out what we need to do to prepare the steel for new paint. We remove stickers and vinyl letters and even chewing gum. We clean greasy spots; ie: under the gear box on the bull wheel and around the assemblies. We use high speed grinders with wire wheels to remove rust, scale, and blistering paint. We smooth and feather the tip spots where your clients love to bang on the tower with their skis and poles.
We mask the heck out of anything that we want to keep paint off of: Windows. Wood Lift Shacks. Signs that we can't remove. (We remove signs in hope that you will get shiny new signs) Hydraulic rams. Brake parts; especially brake flanges. Loading and unloading ramps. Cement foundations. Electrical boxes. Tower bases and cement foundations. Tower ladder safety cables. Com lines. Galvanized surfaces. Finally we paint, we spray most everything rather than brush or roll because that give the best finish.
Powder Coat does not last forever. It will ware out after period of time, or you just change color schemes. So we remove all the gloss with a light sanding, wash away the dust, and paint with material that approximates that Powder Coat look and shine. On very old ski lifts we remove as little of the old paint as possible. (who knows what that paint really is?) Then we encase the remaining paint is a coat of new modern primer and paint.