Color adds a great deal to school playground markings, both aesthetically and functionally.
The paint colors may be selected on preference. It is recommended that the primary, kindergarten, and preschool playgrounds use primary colors to enhance color recognition.
A colorful school playground is inviting and fun! Use “Stripers” (parking lot) paint for streets and curbs. It is the most durable outdoors on asphalt. Use a well known local paint supplier. Stripers paint is available at Home Depot or Lowes.
Painting Tip: Large areas like 4 square courts and multi-use circles do not require that you paint in the background of each circle or square. This requires using a great deal of paint and does not add to play value only aesthetics. You might consider painting in the background on smaller games and using colors to paint small squares to denote squares A, B, C and D. This is a huge cost savings and still looks nice. (see photo)
Example of a painted playground.
Sweep, wash down and let the area to be painted dry completely prior to painting the designs. Use chalk and layout the entire playground before beginning painting. New asphalt should be allowed to cure for one month prior to painting.
- Use a roller for applying paint to a large surface area.
- Paint machines or brushes are both suitable when working with grids.
- Do not use a top sealer, as this could contribute to slippage.
Our Playground Paint Machine is is available with 6 cans of white stripers spray paint and paint machine, for outlining all the game courts. We sell only white commercial contractors quality striping paint. Detail work is rolled on and we recommend 4 colors (red, blue, yellow, & green.) One gallon of each will be more than enough. Detail work is letters, numbers, shapes and feet.
It is important to use the correct type of paint so that it will wear properly in the outdoor environment. We RECOMMEND STRIPERS PAINT OR PAINT USED TO PAINT PARKING LOTS OR STREETS! Oil based paint tends to be messy and not easy to clean up, which is why we recommend water-based latex paint. If you are having a hard time finding stripers paint then MASONRY paint can also be used and mixed to the proper color.
Water-based Latex Paint For Painting Asphalt
Water-based latex paint can be specially formulated for asphalt areas and is available in many colors. This is the fastest drying asphalt-appropriate paint and will be dry to the touch in less than three hours. Oil-based paint tends to be messy and not easy to clean up, which is why we recommend water-based latex paint.
Be sure to sweep down the surface and then wash it down the day before painting. It is not necessary that you use a top coat or sealer. It can sometimes create slippery surfaces depending on several factors so test a small area before using.