Tom Garner's Featured DIY Tennis Court Construction Project

Thank you to Mark Montemayor and The Court Store for meeting and exceeding all my expectations with your tennis court prepping and painting products and expertise! I recommend you at the highest level for all who are contemplating a tennis court painting project! 

    

    

    

     In November 2015, I, with some assistance from family, began the Garner tennis court project. My wife has been an avid fan of tennis since she was a child. Our 12 and 13 year old children were showing good tennis aptitude and were eager to be able to play at home. I had promised to build a court for years and finally there was not a good reason to put it off any longer.

      I studied the advantages of concrete and asphalt and finally settled on concrete. I hired a grading contractor to get the site on grade. Even so, we spent days fine tuning the grading work to honor proper concrete depth and slope standards. 120 cubic yards of concrete later, we had the solid beginnings of a tennis court. Along the way we decided to build a 10' x 30' rebound wall, backed by a tennis equipment storage room. The top of this room was flat concrete and made an excellent mezzanine viewing area from which spectators could overlook the court and enjoy the action.

      Chain link fencing was erected around the court and finally we were ready for paint. I perused the internet and read reviews for various paint suppliers. My attention was captured by the positive reviews and copious attention to detail I found at the website of The Court Store in Toccoa, Ga. 

      Every component for successful do-it-yourself tennis court prep and painting was available from the Court store. Even videos were available. I had a million questions and Mark Montemayor became my new best friend as I worked my way through my insecurities. He walked me through pressure washing, acid etching and the proper technique for applying the bonding agent. The first layer of paint must be applied within a certain time period after the bonding agent. One of my assistants made an error in applying some of the bonding agent and I was in a panic. It was a Friday evening and it looked like I would be unable to honor the procedural time constraints and be able to complete the painting process properly. In a panic, I left a message at The Court Store explaining my predicament. Mark was at dinner, but to my amazement, he interrupted his meal, called me back and provided a workaround that put everything back on schedule again. You can't imagine my relief and gratitude for Mark's assistance!

      Mixing the paint had it's own nuances which Mark shared in detail. Laying out the lines required a revisit of the Pythagorean Theorem from high school geometry. I rented a taping machine from The Court Store which cut the work of masking for the lines in half. Bottom line: By the end of the weekend, I was a little sore, but thanks to the great products, expertise and patience of Mark at The Court Store, I had a beautiful, professional-looking tennis court.

      After 2 years of intensive tennis play and frequent off-label use as a skateboarding training center, my tennis court remains in perfect condition. I cannot find a single speck of paint that has turned loose on the court, rebound wall, storage room or viewing platform. The results have been so impressive that I recently contacted The Court Store about providing Envirobond and acrylic paints for other non-sporting concrete construction that I am completing. I have never before seen paint perform at this level and endure this much abuse without failure.

      Thank you to Mark Montemayor and The Court Store for meeting and exceeding all my expectations with your tennis court prepping and painting products and expertise! I recommend you at the highest level for all who are contemplating a tennis court painting project!

Tom Garner,
Hillsborough, NC 27278