If you have a synthetic grass tennis court, you'll need to re-line it from time to time to keep the lines sharp and clear for players. Here are some tips on re-lining your artificial grass tennis court.
Why re-line your synthetic grass tennis court
You will need to re-line your synthetic grass tennis court fairly regularly. In fact, if the court is in heavy use, you could really do with re-lining it every year, as the lines will fade quite quickly if there is excessive foot traffic crossing them.
During the course of a year, the grass 'carpet' will expand and contract as a result of extremes of temperature, placing pressure on the carpet where the lines are cut-in and over the carpet seams. This wear and tear can cause damage especially where two lines cross each other.
Busy courts can also suffer from slight movement over time, meaning that the lines can become warped or out of alignment.
What you'll need
To re-line your synthetic grass tennis court, you'll need to hire a lining machine; it's just not practical to do this job by hand. For a start, the hand painted approach would be very time-consuming, and secondly, the lines probably would not be very straight.
The best material to use for painting lines on synthetic grass is specialist artificial turf paint, which you can obtain from specialist suppliers. Although polyurethane paint looks great when first applied and it does last well, it is best avoided for two reasons. Firstly, polyurethane painted lines can be very slippery, presenting a potential health and safety risk to players. Secondly, this type of paint does not wear at the same rate as the remainder of the pitch. This can eventually lead to the lines standing proud, affecting the way the ball bounces and presenting a possible tripping hazard.
Re-lining the court
Before you can re-line the court, you'll need to get rid of any surface dirt and debris. The quickest way to do this is by using a leaf blower, followed by a good wash down with a power washer. Allow the court to dry completely, and then commence re-lining it.
Work from one end of the court to the other, walking all the lines methodically and taking care not to cross your tracks and smudge the paint. Don't push the lining machine; just allow it to move along steadily under its own steam. This ensures that the paint is distributed evenly and makes it easier to be accurate. Specialist lining paint only needs one coat, but make sure that you allow plenty of drying time, before you allow players to use the court.
Keep your synthetic grass tennis court in top condition by reapplying the lines annually, using the guidelines given above.