How to Refinish the Wood Flooring on a Basketball Court


Refinishing the wood flooring on a basketball court can be done many times before the sanding starts to wear down into the joints of the slats. This is a valuable benefit because basketball courts tend to take quite a bit of abuse, not just in games and practices, but also from other activities, as well. Excessive scratching causes these floors to become dull. You have a few options for refinishing the wood flooring on a basketball court, but most involve calling a professional to do the work.

Things You'll Need

  • Disc sander Drum sander 20 grit coarse sandpaper (for both sanders) 50 grit medium grain sandpaper (for both sanders) Lint-free cloths Stain Sealer Touch-up paint
  • Load the drum sander with the appropriate coarse grit sandpaper, following the instructions in the manual for the drum sander make and model that you have.

  • Line up the drum sander following the direction of the wood grain and plug the sander into a socket or extension cord.

  • Turn on your drum sander and allow the drum to rest on the floor. The sander will turn and go forward on its own. All you need to do is guide it, making sure that you are staying straight.

  • Lift the sander drum up when you reach the opposite end. Turn and go back the other way, overlapping the pass by at least 2 inches. Continue Steps 3 and 4 until you have sanded the whole floor.

  • Load your disc sander with the appropriate coarse grit sandpaper, again following the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Sand the areas along the walls and floor that the drum sander couldn't reach.

  • Repeat the above steps with the medium grit sandpaper.

  • Sweep the entire floor to get rid of the sanding dust, making sure that your are getting along the walls as well.

  • Apply the stain to the floor using the cloths. Work your way around the surface area of the floor in small 2-foot squares.

  • Wipe up any excess stain after you have let it soak into the wood for about 10 to 15 minutes. Once you have done the whole floor in this manner, allow it to dry for a minimum of eight hours.

  • Apply your sealer using a cloth the same way that you applied the stain. You will need to apply at least two coats of sealer, mainly because the first coat will partially soak into the wood with the stain. Allow the sealer to dry at least two days before the floor is used.

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