Basketball is a popular sport played on painted blacktop, wooden indoor gyms, driveways, and makeshift lots. If you’re building or designing a new basketball court, one major step involves painting it. Not only does painting the court have aesthetic importance, but also it’s crucial for playing the game that the lines are laid down according to standard dimensions.
If painting an outdoor court, you’ll need to start by cleaning the concrete surface of dirt and debris. An ordinary garden hose will not suffice; you will need to use a gas-powered pressure washer. Next, put down a layer of concrete primer. If the concrete is new, you’ll have to wait 30 days before applying primer and paint. Coat the surface evenly and be careful not to over apply the primer.
Wait between two and four hours for the primer to dry. Now you can begin measuring and planning the layout of the court itself. Use tape to delineate the markings that you will eventually paint over. The free throw line is 15 feet from the backboard, the key is 12 feet wide and 19 feet from the baseline, the key markings are 12 inches long, the circle about the key has a radius of six feet, and, of course, the court is divided in the middle by a line stretching across its width.
When the markings have been laid down, use the tape as a guide, remembering, of course, to remove the tape before you paint over it. Use porch and floor paint made especially for concrete, and use brushes and rollers for the small and large areas, respectively.