I came up with this simple trick to give PVC pipe a realistic wood texture when I built a few plastic didgeridoos a couple of years ago. It would also work for theater, home decor or backyard tiki-bars! Send an invite if you build that last one.
- PVC, Any size you want.
- Heavy Metal File. Mine has Rasp and Double Cut sides. An 8-inch file like this costs $9 at any hardware store.
- 100 Grit Sandpaper
- Artist Oil Paint. You can use acrylic, but it may chip off unless you seal it.
- Wire Brush, for clearing the file's teeth of PVC.
- Dust Mask, to prevent PVC dust from getting in your lungs.