Same question...specifics on the paint.That looks great! I'm planning on building one for this year as well. I was going to use a metal drum because I thought it would give a better look and sound. It'll also be easy to distress. The ropelight and Great Stuff foam is an excellent touch. Can I ask how you managed to cleanly paint the foam without getting it all over the barrel? Also, what type of paint did you use?
did you paint the rope light or did you have green ropelight to begin with?Thanks all. I used black spray paint for the barrel and Floresent green for the foam. I taped around the edges of the foam which took some time, but probably saved me time in the long run. I touched up the barrel again with black spray paint using a piece of light cardboard to keep the spray contained. I used a small art brush to paint the smaller pieces of foam.
I actually bought the sign from ComplianceSigns.com - Safety signs/labels: Chemical / Biohazard - Biohazard
They are $6. I made once, but it made more sense to just buy it.
I used green rope lights. Even though they are completely covered by the gGreat Stuff they glow great.
I cut one barrel with a jig saw, the other with a circular saw.
Let me rephrase that ...How tough are the metal 55 gallon drums to drill thru??
Also, how tough are they to cut as far as cutting them in half? Can you do it with a reciprocating saw? A 4" hand held grinder?
They are easy to cut with a jig saw. Just be sure to have a good metal blade and drill a pilot hole to start your cut. It will be noisy, but an easy cut. I cut a metal 55 gal. drum to make this buoy for our JAWS outdoor movie party.Let me rephrase that ...
Does anyone know how tough the "steel" 55 gallon drums are to drill and cut?
Nice work on the bouy....do you make props for all your outdoor movie propsThey are easy to cut with a jig saw. Just be sure to have a good metal blade and drill a pilot hole to start your cut. It will be noisy, but an easy cut. I cut a metal 55 gal. drum to make this buoy for our JAWS outdoor movie party.