How To Paint a Basketball Court

Difficulty: Easy  |  Estimated time: 4 hours  |  Help needed: 10 volunteers

Outdoor basketball courts weather a lot of wear and tear! Find one in your community that needs a little sprucing! Fresh paint can spark spirit and pride, and painting logos or mascots in center court encourages community identity!

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Materials and tools

Quantity: Materials:
Adjust as needed 9" roller, pad, and tray
Adjust as needed 4" roller, pad, and tray
Adjust as needed Assorted art brushes
Adjust as needed Concrete or asphalt primer
Adjust as needed Roller extensions
Adjust as needed Porch and floor paint
Adjust as needed Duct tape
Adjust as needed 1 ½" painter's tape
Adjust as needed Paint cups
Adjust as needed Latex gloves
Adjust as needed Paint can opener
Adjust as needed Stirring sticks
Adjust as needed Caution tape
Adjust as needed Non-skid additive (optional)
Tools needed:
Pressure washer/hose
Push broom
Measuring tape

Preparation instructions

  1. Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.

  2. Depending on the size of your basketball surface you may need to leave parts of the court off, make a half-court surface, or customize it. If you have enough room to work with, the diagram shown will tell you the official court size.
    court size and layout

  3. Basketball Court stencil kits can be found at

  4. Before priming, wash the entire area with a pressure washer. If you do not have access to a pressure washer, use a hose and a high-powered nozzle and sweep the area with a broom afterwards. Let the surface dry completely before you begin priming.

  5. Prime the entire area using a clear concrete primer and rollers with extension (optional, though recommended)

    Additional notes about working with Concrete Primer:

    • Wear appropriate eye, skin and apparel protection when applying primer.
    • Completely strip all coatings prior to use.
    • Do not over apply or allow product to puddle. Remove any puddles by spreading product to drier areas or by wiping up excess with a clean cloth.
    • On vertical surfaces apply using an airless sprayer or brush.
    • Initial foaming may be observed but will disappear upon drying.
    • For touch-ups where surface coatings have failed, completely remove any loose or peeling paint by scraping, wire brushing or grinding.
    • New concrete must cure for a minimum of 30 days prior to priming.
    • Primer dries to the touch in 2 to 4 hours at 77°F and 50% humidity.
    • Additional drying time is needed in cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
  6. If you are interested in painting a center court logo/mascot, make a stencil out of poster board or similar material. Trace the design onto the poster board and cut certain sections out for easiest use.

  7. Another method for painting a logo/mascot is to use a grid system. With the image set behind or sketched onto a grid of squares on paper, you can create that same grid on the ground, using a tape measure and string line (spacing the squares evenly to mimic the grid on the paper). Then you can simply use the squares as a guide for sketching out the image, and then paint it after it has been sketched.

Build instructions

  1. Mix the non-skid additive into your paint.

  2. If painting a logo or mascot, use the stencil created during preparation steps, then paint with small brushes. Fill in large areas then create outlines when the paint is dry.

  3. If needed, lay out the stencil for the Basketball Court Lines and secure with tape as necessary (instructions should accompany the stencil). Paint the lines and then fill in the areas using rollers and brushes.

  4. Put up the caution tape so that no one steps on the fresh paint, and touch up the area with a small brush as needed.