Creating an Indoor court on a concrete floor?

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  1. HunterST

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    A business in town is looking at buying an old warehouse building and putting in indoor courts. The floor is smooth, flat concrete.

    Would simply painting the area with acrylic paint "tennis court paint" make them viable courts?


    I know doesn't exactly fit with the topic of this section, but no one really looks at odds and ends.
     
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    When we ran a fitness center we covered a concrete area with material like this:

    http://www.sportmaster.net/readymix.shtml

    It wasn't the most cushioned court ever but it was pretty good. If I remember correctly we put on like 2-3 coats.
     
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    painted concrete would be fairly fast by today's std

    would the budget stretch to interlocking plastic mesh tiles?
     
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    Tennis court 'paint' is not paint in the traditional sense. Its a roll on coating that contains various components that yield different performance characteristics.

    Regular paint on concrete....now that would not be a lot of fun to play on!
     
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    probably be much more specialised coatings these days but I've seen it done
    with std exterior paint where the contractor mixed in a bucket of sand
    (Outdoors)

    then again it was back 30yrs in Asia & we still used wood racquets :)
     
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    Yes, back in the day we used regular paint and some sand to turn an area of a chemical warehouse into a basketball court. Very tough on the knees!
     
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    Actually, tennis court Acrylic is a sand-emulsion paint that is usually squeegeed on a hard foundation. (Concrete, asphalt). Usually, it is a mix of about 8 lbs of 80-90 grit silica sand to one gallon of acrylic. For the concrete surface, usually you need to put down a "tack coat" first to help the acrylic adhere correctly. Minimal 2 - 3 coats of the acrylic surface followed by one to two coats of color surface. This is followed by the lining.

    Unless you are going with a cushion court system, (5 to 8 coats of rubberized emulsion followed by the acrylic system described or another type of cushion system, this is the standard method of surfacing a hard-court system.

    (I used to own a tennis court resurfacing company in CA and AZ)
     
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    Hm, I would probably burn through shoes fast if I played in this type of surface.
     
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    Yea I average 2.5 hours per day and get about 7 weeks out of shoes.
     
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  10. HunterST

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    So, just to clarify... is that a yes or a no?
     
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    Just curious - is this something you are trying to do? otherwise why would you care?

    Here is a quiz for you - for the same square footage of a indoor tennis court, what other indoor sport can generate 10X the revenue?
     
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    Hmm... is it cockfighting?
     
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    That's a sport? ... I guess......

    We are talking about LEGAL sport though.
     
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    Yes, this is how most all hard indoor courts are surfaced. You will need to acid etch the surface, put a tack coat down, then minimum of two texture coats, and then one or two color coats and then lines.

    It is very common in the U.S., especially in the west.
     
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    Indoor rock climbing. That's the bomb.

    Going vertical, 3 dimensional use of the space... you can have 20 ropes going up in the area of 1 tennis court.. plus junior camps, birthday parties and all..

    10X the revenue.
     
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