After using the Speedheater™, the stripped surface is the perfect moisture content, it will be smooth enough for immediate painting without sanding but has sufficient “tooth” for new paint to adhere properly and be long-lasting. Most paint for wood will not adhere well to surfaces which are too smooth and slick, like metal.
It is difficult to see, but the two brackets which wrap around the pole, are screwed to the side of the building to stabilize the pole. With a 12+ lb Arm + 4.5 lb SH when it is fully extended to 5 feet, there is quite a bit of torque which could bend a pole. This would make the SH bounce and not stay level and close to the painted surface.