Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

Outdoor recreation and sports areas require special attention, due to extensive use and wear.

 

The striped areas are of major concern. These lines can blur, or disappear completely.  “Then, there goes the game,” a junior tennis competitor told me.

 

Types of areas: Tennis, volleyball, basketball, racquetball, handball, badmitten courts.

Special features: Lines, symbols, stripes, signage, posts, fences, backboards (factory plastic).

Exposure: Sun, rain, water, wind; wear; abuse.

Special needs: High (and long-time) durability, easy cleaning, low maintenance.

Design elements: Graphics, “planned graffiti,” logos.

Color schemes: Usually, special color combinations, established by sports and recreation regulatory organizations, professional associations, etc. Ex. Tennis courts: Green, white, yellow.

  1. Repair and maintenance: Resurface areas which are chipped or cracked. Repair asphalt and concrete surfaces.
  2. Prepping: Exterior: pressure washing; sand smooth surfaces.
  3. Painting and finishing: Apply coatings by brush and roller, or spraying. Here technique depends largely on smoothness of surface, also easy accessibility, and drying time allotted.
  4. Products, supplies, tools, equipment: Appropriate fillers – eg. urethane, asphalt patch. Lining – Line strippers. Finish products – acrylic latex, silicon-based products.
  5. Challenge: To restore finish to best possible condition; to maximize pleasing appearance.

 

Outdoor recreation and sports areas, at hotel/facility properties, deserve as much attention as the painter can give them. And the best quality products and materials that the budget will allow.

 

The persons that use these areas have certain expectations. They need the surfaces to be safe to use and marked clearly and correctly. They need the areas to be clean, sanitary and unobstructed.

 

Hotel management needs to ensure that these areas are properly maintained. The business cannot risk any guest getting injured due to faulty, damaged, broken, and/or missing elements.

 

A TRUE TENNIS COURT STORY

 

One day at the hotel, I saw a mother teaching her young daughters the fundamentals of playing tennis. She walked around the perimeter of the court. Using her racket handle, she pointed to the different lines. She explained what each one was for.

 

She saw me working outside of the fence. “Could you do me a favor, please?” The lady asked me to stand on an end-court line. Then, she served a tennis ball, across the net, to one of her daughters. “See that line?” she pointed. “Aim this side.” She reminded the girls. “This side.”

 

As I left the court and returned to my golf cart, I heard the mother’s repeated instructions. And, smiled to myself.

 

Only a week earlier, I’d been able to refinish and reline the entire court area. Thanks to my engineer! He had gone to the nearest Lowe’s, and purchased the supplies needed so I could get the job done right!

 

“…before any serious complaint comes in…” he told me.

 

Good going, Bill! Good going, Tennis Mom!

 

PRODUCT FOOTNOTE: A variety of exterior resurfacing products are available. Select products formulated by paint manufacturers, recognized for results. Excellent coverage, consistency, quality, durability, and customer service. A few brands: Sherwin Williams, H&C, Douracourt, Tennis Universal.

 

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Outdoor recreation and sports fun and safety go hand-in-hand.

Like spray painting and protective breathing apparatus.

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Enjoy the outdoors, wherever you are. Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

 

Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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