Marking and Lining a Court (Outdoor Pickleball Courts)

This small section is devoted to various ways (and tools used) to mark and line outdoor pickleball courts.

Outdoor Pickleball Courts:

Typically these methods are utilized either with new construction or with the conversion of (say) a tennis court into multiple outdoor pickleball courts or into multi-purpose courts, typically shared with tennis but perhaps with other sports (e.g. volleyball), therein requiring remarking and restriping of some lines.

Note in the first video example there is a taping machine used; taping machines are very cool but this also shows how they choose to tie in the new pickleball lines to the existing tennis lines in cases where they were using the same boundary, dimension or line. Courts being taped here are part of a tennis court cross-striping (shared with tennis) in Keowee Key, South Carolina

Here’s another cool product that we like the looks of…but haven’t talked to anybody who has used it. It’s a reusable court-lining stencil, sold by Pickleball Central (note link opens in new tab), a very good pickleball supplies on-line retailer, so it’s probably “safe” to assume it’s a decent product. (We do have one question about it…once you have used it, and paint has gotten on its edges, how easy is it to use the product for a second or fifth court? It would be an expensive tool if it was only truly good for one court. We would suppose we would ask Pickleball Central that question…..)


  • Marijane Dillon
    July 16, 2018

    I am looking for something totally different. I have been trying to get Pickle ball up and running in our church gym. I am not allowed to use tape on the floor. Can use painter’s tape but has to be removed quickly when we are done playing. That can get expensive right there. Cannot paint on the gym floor as it is a poured rubber floor. The volleyball and basketball lines were Painted in when the floor was installed 25 years ago. I am looking to see if laser light lines could work. Trying to search for such things. Anyone in the Pickle ball world have any suggestions? I literally have run into a wall at our church with any ideas I have tried. The answer has been “No, you can’t do that.” I figure laser light lines could be placed and removed with no harm to anything. Not sure if playing with them would be a problem.

  • mark scher
    May 10, 2018


  • Mark Nelson
    May 11, 2015

    Some comments on the taping and painting video.

    #1-Tape machines are fairly expensive. It’s not practical to buy one if you are just doing a few courts.They can be rented. Google “line taping machine”. You will find several to chose from. I rented one several years ago. It showed up in poor shape and I wasn’t able to use it. I had to fight with the company for my money back. Chose your company carefully.

    #2-In the video they used 1″ masking tape. If you use a machine and that’s all it will accept, then you’ll have to use 1″ tape. I prefer to use 2″ tape as it is a little more forgiving if your roller or brush wander when applying the paint. The guys in the video were pros. They went slow and had a steady hand. All the paint stayed between the taped lines. Nothing slopped over onto the courts. I usually have volunteer help that is not so experienced. 2″ tape is a little more expensive but can save some time cleaning up after an accidental slop over.

    #3-The video guys applied the line paint with a 2″ roller on a pole. This is a fine way to do it. It saves your back but you need to be very careful. If you apply too much pressure to the roller you force some paint underneath the tape. If this happens your lines will not be sharp. You will be able to see bleeding from the lines onto the court surface. For that reason a lot of the professionals apply the line paint with a brush. That assures a sharp line with no bleeding.

    If you use anything other than tennis court line paint, I would not use a roller. The line paint is fairly thick. It takes pressure to push it under the tape. If you are carefull it can be rolled on and still have good lines. I’ve used Behr Concrete Stain for court lines. You buy it at Home Depot. We use this when we paint pickleball lines on tennis courts and need a particular color. The stain can be mixed to any color. The concrete stain is a fairly thin product. You’ll need two coats. Being fairly thin is good because it doesn’t affect the playing surface but it is a problem when it bleeds under the tape. If you use a concrete stain it must be brushed on.

    Get a spare clean 2″ roller on a 4′ pole. I use this to run over all the taped lines before we paint. When you run this over the tape it helps to push it down on the surface and make a better seal. Anything you can do to prevent bleed thru is good. There are some comercial products on the market that are applied to the tape before you paint. They are supposed to seal the tape to the court surface and prevent bleed thru. I’ve tried Stripe Rite with a roller and not been very impressed with the results. I will only brush lines on these days. I know they will come out sharp.

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