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Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tips For November 14, 2017:

Tennis court surfacing and patching during the colder months:  Many customers ask us about the do's and don'ts of applying tennis court surfacing and patching products when it is cold.  While the period between late Fall through the Winter months is not optimal, work can still be done on a limited basis.  First of all, there is a much smaller window of opportunity to apply these products each day.  In the Summer it is almost impossible to stay on the court for the entire period work can be done, starting around 6:00 am and ending at midnight or later, as long as rain is not immenent.  This is due to temperatures never dropping below the minimum necessary to ensure proper drying and curing of the acrylic court surfacing / patching products (40 to 50 degrees).  During the Winter months, the lows each night in many areas of the U.S. drop close to or below this acceptable minimum range at some point on most days.  Therefore, you must wait until the low is at 45 degrees or above to begin application, and temperatures must be expected to rise into the mid-fifties by the time you are finished.  The areas where court coatings or patching materials have been appled must also get full sun for at least two hours after you have finished.  In addition, the temperatue must not drop below 40 degrees for 24 hours, and rain cannot be imminent during this same time-frame.  These dynamics reduce your window of opportunity for work to between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on the best days.  One other issue is the sun's positioning in the southern horizon.  Unless your court is out in the middle of an open field, shade will be present on its southern end all Winter.  Any court surfacing or patching done in this area will require at least 72 hours of low temperatures above 40 degrees and no rain.  As you can see, it's possible, but much harder to paint or patch your tennis court in the Winter.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For August 31st, 2017:

 Never overdilute a coating or patching product:  It is very important to follow the manufacturer's mixing instructions on the label of the product you are preparing to use.  Each of them has been engineered to be used as is or requires the addition of a certain amount of water.  Dillution rates for products requiring water should be followed very closely.  Too little water will likely make the product nearly impossible to appy and too much water will weaken the ingredients that hold it together, resulting in premature degradation, and in the case of color-coatings, undue fading and an unacceptable finish.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For The Week Of July 30th 2017:

Never leave masking tape on the court for more than 3 hours:  Lining a tennis court is one of the easiest parts of surfacing or resurfacing a tennis court.  This doesn't mean there are no pitfalls to avoid.  We are here 7 days a week to protect you from these mistakes.  When lining a court, one of the big mistakes we see quite often is people leaving the masking tape on the court too long.  You should never place more tape on the court than you can paint the lines within 2 hours.  The vast majority of masking tape is not engineered to withstand more than a few hours on a hot surface before releasing some of the glue.  You may not see it right after you pull up the tape, but as dust and dirt blow across the court over the following days and weeks this residual glue will catch it, leaving two dirty strips on both sides of the line.  The only way to remove it is with a soft scrub-brush and soap and water. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until the court coatings have completely cured, approximately 30 days after lining the court.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you.

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For The Week Of July 23rd 2017:

Water is the key to smooth patches that blend well with the surrounding surface:  High quality acrylic cement and elastomeric patching compounds, such as our SuperPatch, TruPatch, Deep Patch, and CrackLastic products tend to dry fairly quickly and can become a little sicky while applying them to the tennis court surface.  There are, however, two miraculous little secrets to extending their workablility time and blending their edges into the surrounding surface areas.  Both secrets have one thing in common: the use of water.  The first secret is to spray a very fine mist of water (preferrably with a spray nozzle attached to a garden hose) on the tennis court surface area to be patched, right before applying the patch, and if needed, another fine mist on the patch itself before you make the final pass with your patching tool.  The second secret is to rinse your patching tool(s) often.  You should rinse every 5 minutes or less to keep your tools free of build-up that will leave your patches rough.  The wet tool also glides better over the patch.  Some installers carry a 5 gallon bucket of water with them.  Others prefer to rinse with the hose spray nozzle.  We'll talk more about patching techniques next week.  Most of our clients think lining a tennis court takes the most skill.  It's actually one of the easiest skills to learn.  Don't let anyone fool you.  Patching is 80% of the true art and science of tennis court resurfacing.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you.

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For The Week Of July 16th 2017:

 Take your court surfacing project seriously:  Recently, we have noticed an uptick in the number of retailers (resellers) selling tennis court paint and patching products.  Some are selling their products at competitive prices, but employ no experts to help with installation issues that will assuredly arise.  Others are selling court coating products at nearly double the going rate, but advertise to inexperienced do-it-yourselfers they will only need to roll on one coat of their paint for a perfect new court surface. The many calls we receive from victims of this scam are all the we need to know these one-coat claims are untrue.  Unfortunately, these companies will likely continue this very unscruplous practice until they are finally sued by someone.  At best, the goal of these resellers is to sell you products.   Once they arrive, and you discover it is not as simple as rolling paint on a wall, it will be too late.  A few may try to help, but 99% of them have never surfaced a tennis court.  This work is not difficult if you have a little professional help along the way.  At The Court Store, our mission is to make sure you have all the help and technical advice you need to complete a stress-free professional looking court repair project.  We will never tell you something that is not true and we will only sell you exactly what you need.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you.

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For The Week Of July 9th 2017:

 Plan your pours directly over the baseline, service lines and net lines for the best inbounds finish:  A common occurence on all sport coating finishes is something the industry calls, "Pour Marks".  These are faint to sometimes prominent stains created when the fresh color-coating you are pouring out makes contact with the dry court surface or the coating already on the court.  While these pour marks are always present, the pro's use a technique to minimize their prominence.   They make their pours right on top of the baseline where the coat starts, at each service line, and directly under where the net will be.  When the bright lines are painted and the net is hung the pour marks will be virtually invisible.  To accomplish this you must start by pouring 10 gallons at the first baseline, 5 gallons at the first service line, 5 gallons at the net line, and then 5 to 7 gallons  at the second service line.    If this is a resurfacing you will see the existing lines to know where to pour.  If your installation is knew you should measure and mark these dimensions and chalk the lines before starting each coat.  Always use white calk.  Colored chalk will stain the surface.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you.

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For The Week Of July 2nd 2017: 

 The one coat con:  A gentleman called recently, frustrated by some coating he purchased from another company.  This company touts their tennis court paint as a one coat product.  Folks, I am sorry to say, there is no such thing as a one coat court surfacing coating.  We are sending him enough EnviroCoat to apply two more coats over the mess left by the other product.  Apparently, there were other problems with this company's coating.  One coat will leave your finish streaky if applied with a squeegee or riddled with roller-marks if rolled on.  Ask yourself: What happens when you roll a first coat of dark paint over a much lighter colored wall in your house?  Of course, it looks horrendous.  When you apply the second coat you see a rich, even color.  While tennis court paint is thicker than house paint, it is not thick enough to achieve the necessary opacity with one coat.  A few of our customers have purchase only enough product, against our recomendation.  At least 60% of them call back to  order more product.  It's up to you, but we highly recommend two coats of color for an even, opaque finish.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you.

Tennis Court Paint and Patching Tip For The Week Of June 25th 2017:

Schedule your patching and court painting work for the early part of the day.  You will have three to four times longer to work with the products during the first few cool hours of the morning.  In the afternoon, as temperatures reach the 80's and above, court surface temperatures will be between 130 and 160 degrees.  These high surface temperatures will literally cook the moisture out of the products, making it nearly impossible to stay ahead of the drying, leaving you with an inferior application. If you must work during the heat of the day, schedule scraping, cleaning, material preparation and trips to the hardware store.  Even seasoned professionals, who can stay ahead of rapid drying conditions, never apply a final coat during the hot afternoon hours.  They know it will produce a finish laden with pour-stains, uneven color, and streaks.  If you are not sure if it's too hot, take your shoes off and walk on the surface with your bare feet.  If it uncomfortable to stay on the court, it's too hot to patch or paint.  So, stay cool and you will produce a better-looking job.  Please call us if you have any questions: (800) 983-1357.  We are open 7 days a week to help you.