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How To Paint A Basketball Court: Tips And Tools

Have you ever wanted to paint your basketball court? You might be asking yourself, “How hard could it be?” Well, don’t worry because we are here to help! Many steps go into painting a basketball court. We will talk about paint and tools needed, the time required, and how much the project costs. So if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to paint your basketball court then this article is for you!

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What Tools and Material Do I Need to Paint a Basketball Court?

Here is a list of paint and tools you will need to paint your basketball court. And how to use them:

  • Paint for the Floor. We recommend a paint that is made specifically for floors.
  • Brushes to apply paint on wall/floor itself. Can be either Purdy brand paint brushes or Graco paint sprayers. We recommend getting both but if budget is an issue then just get one! If using a paint sprayer make sure it can handle latex-based paints otherwise it won’t work well with water-based paints.
  • Paint Trays to put paint in. Usually comes with a paintbrush and paint sprayer kit. The paint trays can also be used as a place to mix the paint before applying it to your wall/flooring too!
  • Roller Frame (for a paint tray if painting flooring). If you don’t want to use paint trays then roller frames are your next best option. They can hold more paint than the average paint tray. So they will speed up sometimes when covering large surfaces like basketball courts.
  • Tape or Blue masking tape (something that is easily removable because you will need to take it off from certain areas). There are other types of blue tape but make sure whatever type you get.i It’s high quality so peeling them off won’t damage your floor underneath. Also having a roll of this for between coats helps a lot during the painting process! The clear tape will work fine but we recommend getting blue painter’s tape. Because it’s easy to see when applying it on different surfaces which makes it a lot easier. Painters tape also works great for paint stenciling!
  • Drop cloths. We recommend getting drop cloths at least two times bigger than what you think you might need. Just in case paint splatters or you paint in more than one area!
  • Paint Scraper. This is to remove paint from the floor if it has chips/scratches. If the paint on your court doesn’t have any chips then this step can be skipped!
  • Gloves (if painting walls). You don’t want paint all over your hands while trying to paint the wall, trust us!
  • Sprayer Bottles for water base paints. These are great because they allow for a very smooth finish when spraying paint onto basketball courts and other surfaces that require fine detail work. We recommend getting these with adjustable nozzles so if you need finer spray control during application you will have it at your disposal! There are three main types of paint sprayers and they are HVLP paint sprayers, airless paint sprayers, and turbine paint sprayers.
  • Masks/respirators for the paint fumes. These come in handy if you’re painting indoors or just working with lots of dust during your project. We do not recommend doing this job without one unless you want to feel super sick after finishing your basketball court! Also, make sure that whatever kind of mask/respirator you get is approved by OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration). They should also be NIOSH certified as well.
  • Bucket for water. You will need this when cleaning paint trays and brushes plus it helps keep everything nice and clean during application.
  • Paint thinner (used after painting has already dried on wall/flooring). Some paints like epoxy paint don’t come off easily without using something that breaks down their surface tension, which is what paint thinners do! We recommend getting one specifically designed for floor coatings too because they are made from different ingredients than regular paint thinners. Keep in mind that paint thinner is very flammable and should always be kept away from open flames, paint sprayers, paint trays/lids (if the paint in them has dried up), etc.
  • Paint Trowel (for mixing paint on the ground). This can also be used to scrape excess paint off of walls if needed!

What Are the Lines & Areas in a Basketball Court?

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  • Boundary Lines – you should first start with the outline of the basketball court. The dimensions vary from one basketball court to another but you can find the average dimensions of a basketball court.
  • Midcourt Line & Circle – the midcourt line is the center of the court and it divides both baskets. This will be important if you paint lines that act as one-and-one free throw areas, which are used in high school basketball games to decide who gets two shots!
  • Free-Throw Line – the free-throw line is used when players are shooting foul shots during basketball games. You can paint it in if you would like to do so but keep in mind that these lines have different dimensions depending on the rules of each league or game being played!
  • Three-point Line – the three-point line is one of the most famous lines in basketball because it determines how far a player has to be behind the paint or key area before they can shoot and get three points. We recommend painting this if you plan on using paint stencils, which we will touch upon later!
  • Paint Area – the paint area is exactly as it sounds, the paint or key area! This paint line will be important for various reasons.

What Kind of Paint do You Use on a Basketball Court?

There are many paint options to choose from when painting a basketball court. The paint you use will depend on the paint’s durability, cost, and how much time it takes for paint to dry.

  • Latex Paint (water base) – if you plan on using latex paint then we recommend either getting Behr or Kilz brand paints. These two brands have great reviews online since they do not take long to dry, don’t leave horrible smells while drying like oil-based paints can sometimes do (they’re also both very cheap!).
  • Oil-Based Paints (not recommended if your floor is concrete) – these should only be used if there isn’t any other option because once applied they stay wet longer than water-based paints but that’s also a negative because the paint will get on everything!
  • Epoxy Paint – great paint for outdoor surfaces, highly recommended if you’re painting over concrete or asphalt. It’s also very durable and holds up well to foot traffic so it won’t fade away easily. This paint dries fast but the only downside is that it costs more than your average paint from Home Depot/Lowe’s does.

How Long Does it Take to Paint a Basketball Court?

Depending on what paint you use, paint can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight.

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Using Latex Paint

Latex paint dries in under an hour but it will be tacky for about 45 minutes afterwards so make sure that all surfaces are covered before painting over them! If the paint is left out too long then it may start to dry up which means your court won’t look good when finished with paint stencils/lines because they’ll peel off or chip away easily if applied after dried-up paint.

Using Epoxy Paint

Epoxy paint takes around 15+ hours of drying time depending on how thick the coat was initially and how many coats were used. This type of paint is much more expensive than regular latex paints though, plus taking into account other factors like paint equipment and paint costs, a basketball court would cost around $1000 to paint with epoxy paint.

Using Oil-based Paints

Oil-based paints should only be used if there isn’t any other option. Because once applied they stay wet longer than water-based paints. But that’s also a negative because the paint will get on everything! Oil-based paint takes at least 24 hours of drying time so we recommend applying it overnight or before you go out for the day. Since one mistake can mess up your entire project! This type of paint is much cheaper compared to epoxy though (around half the price).

Cleaning Up!

The longest part about painting (and it’s not as bad as you might think!) is cleaning up after yourself! Make sure that all brushes are cleaned out well or put in water if they’re disposable! Oh, and make sure there isn’t any leftover paint stuck inside your sprayer because this can cause paint to clog up and ruin paint equipment.

Extra Tips on Painting a Basketball Court

  • Start small with paint application when using stencils until you feel comfortable with applying them all around your basketball court (we recommend practicing in an area where they can be removed without disturbing the real paint job). Once painted we recommend waiting at least 24 hours before removing any paint left behind by stencils.
  • If the paint has dried before you are finished using stencils. Then use paint thinner to remove the paint until all that is left behind are your stencil marks!
  • Always apply an undercoat first. This will help the paint stay on better and prevent it from flaking off too quickly if there’s excess paint or foot traffic after drying time. You can also prime with spray paints but for walls, priming isn’t necessary. Because of how thick they usually are (we recommend doing so only when painting over other kinds of surfaces).
  • Do not put any basketball equipment in areas where paint has already dried – keep them away to avoid stains/damage! Also don’t forget about shoes either, especially since paint gets everywhere! Wait at least 24 hours before walking on paint that has dried.
  • Put an easy-to-remove paint drop cloth down first (painters’ plastic or garbage bags work great for this!). And make sure you’re wearing clothes you don’t care about because paint can get everywhere!
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Conclusion

We hope that this blog has been helpful and provided you with paint tips for how to paint a basketball court! We recommend using latex paint unless there is no other option because it dries the quickest. Keep in mind all of these paint tools and materials will cost over $1000. So we also suggest practicing before doing your actual project.

Good luck with painting your basketball court!

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