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Repair & Coating Guidelines Flow Chart

Applying Playing Lines

  1. Applying lines on a tennis court or basketball court surface is done one of two ways.
    a) identifying each side of each line with a chalkline and then laying masking tape by hand one roll at a time following the chalklines.
    b) identifying the center of each line with a chalkline and then laying two rolls of tape at the same time with a line taping machine.

    A line taping machine has a center guide rod that protrudes from the front of the taping machine. When using, you simply follow the single centered chalkline with the center guide. The use of a line taping machine and a long-handled 2" roller will cut the time to stripe a court by 60% to 70% of the time required by laying the tape by hand and applying line paint with a paint brush.
     
  2. All tennis & basketball court lines are 2" wide except for tennis baselines. Regulations allow tennis court baselines to be 2" to 4" in width. We recommend a 3" base-line. It is much easier to see from the opposing end. When the four nail holes (or permanent roofing nails) that were inserted in the court surface when you began are located, you will use them as reference points when working from the tennis court layout diagram or basketball court layout diagram.
     
  3. A line taping machine is available at a rental fee of $85.00 USD ($105.00 CAD) plus UPS shipping costs to and from your site.
  4. If you are laying the masking tape without a line taping machine, do not attempt if strong breezes are present or rain is imminent or forecast.
     
  5. When masking the playing lines, tape right through the intersections. After all lines are masked, a utility knife and straight edge can be used to cut and remove the tape covering the intersections
  6. Apply one coat of Masking Tape Sealer to prevent bleed-through under the tape. MultiSeal will assure razor sharp lines when the line paint is applied. When the line tape sealer is dry, apply two coats of MultiLine Textured White Line Paint using a 2" wide paint brush or 3" wide interior trim roller and attach a long-handle such as broom handle. Best results will be obtained with two even coats. Be sure each coat is dry before applying another coat.  *Note: When using a 3" wide trim roller, tape the sides of the roller so it will not spin. This will prevent any spray of the line paint from the spinning action. You will be "pushing or skidding" the line paint as the painting action.
                       
  7. Remove the tape as soon as the lines are dry. Do not leave tape on surface over night. Use care when removing masking tape.
MultiSeal Masking Tape Sealer
A 100% acrylic clear drying emulsion primer that is applied prior to the tennis court line paint to fill minor voids between the masking tape and court surface. Assures crisp, razor sharp lines when the line paint is applied.
 
Please contact us if you have any questions that have not been answered by the above step-by-step instructions.
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