Outdoor Court Surfaces FAQ

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Q:  What kind of coating should be used?
A:  The USAPA recommends PicklePave® by California Sports Surfaces.  It is a textured acrylic          
coating made especially for coating asphalt and concrete.  This is the DIY version of AcrylotexPB®.
Acrylotex-PB is the professional grade product that a contractor should apply.

Q:  How large an area is needed to successfully convert an area to pickleball?
A:  The USAPA RuleBook states that “a total playing surface 30’X60’ is the minimum size that is
recommended. A total size of 34’X64’ feet is preferred.”  Whenever possible, a north-south
orientation should be maintained to minimize the angle of the sun in player’s eyes.

Q:  Is this a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) type project?
A:  Yes, a group of adults can successfully surface one pickleball court.  It is suggested that
multiple courts be done by a sports surfacing contractor familiar with the materials and
techniques required.  The products used are acrylic textured materials that were initially
developed for other sport surfaces such as tennis and basketball.
 

Q:  What are the dimensions of the court lines?
A:  The outside of the court lines measure 20’X44’.  Please see the court diagram attached for
additional information.

Q:  What are the best color combinations for the court surface?
A:  A single color is the least difficult for a DIY installation.  A contrasting color can be applied to
the “out-of-bounds” area and/or in the “kitchen” for aesthetic reasons, but this becomes more
complicated and an experienced contractor is recommended for multi-color applications.

Q:  Will the coatings fill in my cracks?
A:   While very fine cracks may be covered by recoating the courts, most cracks require the
attention of an approved court installer.  Care should be taken in the materials and methods use
to fill and/or overlay cracks.  Too often crack repair materials used for driveways and parking
lots are used.  These tend to have performance issues and long term risks associated with
them.

Q:  What color should the lines be?
A:  For dedicated pickleball courts, white textured lines are the best. If adding lines to an
existing tennis and basketball court, “tone on tone” lines in the same color family as the court
itself should be used.  These lines should stop 3” before all white playing lines. Other colors can
be used as an alternative on multi-use facilities.

Q:  How much surface material do I need?
A:  Typically, you will need 0.1 gal/yd² of PicklePave surfacing per applied coat.  Two coats are
recommended.  A 30’ by 60’ court area (200 yd²/1800 ft²) would require 40 gallons of
PicklePave for 2 roller applications.  The product is shipped in 5 gallon buckets.  You will also
need ½ gallon of textured line paint.  Line paint is shipped in 1 gallon cans.  Note: Older, pitted
asphalt and concrete may require more material.

Q:  How do I get the product?
A:  The DIY PicklePave coating is available through several distributors.  Please visit
www.usapa.org and follow the prompts for more information.  For larger jobs, contact an
approved California Sports Surfaces installer.

Q:  How much does it cost?
A:  Contact the distributor or installer for pricing.

Q:  How do I apply it and how long will it take to coat a court?
A:  You should use a 3/4” nap roller and work in one direction for each coat.  We recommend
changing the direction of the rolling application after each coat. For experienced individuals, a
rubber bladed squeegee can be used to spread the surface.  See the short video for basic
techniques and time needed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YojrjQ4fWw .  Each coat should
take about an hour for 2 people to apply.  Time to lay masking tape and coat lines will depend
on the procedure used.  

Q:  What other tools will be needed?
A:  1 – Tape measure – 50’ is adequate
     1 – Chalk line – 50’ long (white chalk dust works best when marking black asphalt)
     4 – 9” by ¾” nap paint rollers
     2 – 9” roller frame and extension handle
     2 – 2” by ½” nap paint rollers
     1 – 2” roller for applying line paint
     1 – Empty 5 gal bucket or large paint tray
     1 – Mixing paddle for 5 gal buckets
     2 – 1.5” or wider roll of exterior use masking tape (at least 200’ each)
     1 – Drop cloth for mixing area
     1 – Utility knife
     1 – Marking pencil

Q:  What can go wrong?
A:  If the surface is not cleaned, or if moisture is trapped in the concrete or asphalt, the surface
coatings may not adhere properly.  This could lead to peeling and blistering. If the surface or
ambient temperature is below 60°F, it may not dry properly.  If it gets too hot, the surface may
be difficult to apply the materials.  Stop work if the ambient temperature is over 90°F.

Q:  If I want to hire a contractor, how do I find a qualified installer?
A:  For a list of approved contractors in your area, contact California Sports Surfaces at
info@californiasportssurfaces.com .

 

For additional court construction details, see the ASBA/USAPA Construction Manual

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