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Why You May Want to Paint Your Tent Stakes

If you have tent stakes that are silver and are not colored at the top, they will likely be hard to see when you put them in the ground. You can easily solve this problem by painting the tops of the tent stakes a bright, visible color!

Paul Bodnar       Educational       7/14/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
7/14/2021

How to Paint Your Tent Stakes:

A hand spraying tent stakes over a pice of cardboard with spray paint

Set up a protected spray paint area

It’s important to protect against overspray. A little bit of planning can eliminate a painting disaster. Making your own spray booth out of a large cardboard box is a great way to protect from paint overspray and help you from making a mess. You can turn the large cardboard box on the side and place the tent stakes inside before spraying.

A hand spraying tent stakes over a pice of cardboard with spray paint

Spray the top of the stakes

Spray the tops of the stakes so they are more bright and visible. (We chose red since it’s much easier to see.) Allow the the paint to dry before rotating the stakes and painting the other side. Painting the bottom of the stakes will not be useful because the paint will quickly wear off when you stick them in the ground. Try to avoid painting the bottom of the stakes.

spray painted tent stakes next to non sprayed tent stakes in the ground

And you’re done!

As you can see, the red painted stakes are a lot easier to see than the silver stakes. Both photos illustrate this point. By painting your stakes you will be able to find your stakes with ease, reduce the chances of you tripping over them at night, and be less likely to lose or leave them behind!


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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail again in 2010 to do research for his guide book Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the Pacific Crest Trail. Now with the help of a team of great people they have created over 50 guides for trails around the world.