Introduction: Paint Your Own Basketball Goal

Turn a faded, dilapidated basketball goal into a piece worth playing on. Shows you how to paint on a stenciled logo.

Step 1: Materials

Ratchet and pliers (for removing backboard from post)
Sandpaper (for smoothing out and stripping the old surface)
Paint Scraper (for scraping off the pain, of course)
Spray paint (pick whatever colors you want)
Painters tape (for making the square)
Stencil (for your design)
Lacquer (to protect your design from years of jumpshots to come)

Step 2: Disassemble Goal.

Remove backboard from post. Unbolt the rim from the backboard.

Step 3: Remove Old Paint.

Start scraping and sanding the old paint off. Wipe with a wet rag when through to remove any leftover.

Step 4: Create Stencil.

I converted the Auburn logo to a line drawing using Adobe Photodeluxe. Print it out on cardstock and cut it out with a razor. Make sure you cut the right edges to create the desired effect.

Step 5: Begin Painting and Taping Off.

Prime the backboard with some spray primer and tape off where the square should be. I was going to use a regulation size square, but then I discovered my backboard wasn’t regulation size and would look funny with a huge square. Tape on the stencil.

Step 6: Lay on the Paint.

Lay on the first color of paint to create the border.

Step 7: Still Painting...

Tape off the edges and square, and add the second part of the stencil. Spray on the next color of paint.

Step 8: Paint the Rim

Hang the rim on a coat hanger and spray paint it to match the backboard.

Step 9: Clear Coat

Add a couple of coats of lacquer or polyurethane to protect your artwork.

Step 10: Reassembly

Reassemble the goal and put on a new net if desired.

Step 11: Finished!

Admire your work!

Comments

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rcreek00 (author)2017-01-20

curious what size this backboard is (obviously to the creator)

i have an old playwood backboard, im just going to replace it though; mine is 48" long x 40" height

i like this one - not sure if this one is wider. thinking mine is too oval.

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Watch me make (author)2016-02-20

War eagle

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The Expert Noob (author)2009-03-28

War Eagle!

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tt7315 (author)2009-03-09

What grade sandpaper would you recommend to remove rust from the goal prior to painting?

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Doveman (author)2008-04-14

One question: Do you have to use Photodelux to make the stencil? Can you use something else?

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sensoryhouse (author)2008-02-14

Remember people......Spray paint dries within 24 hours but can take up to 10 days to cure. You will definitely ruin your nice new paint job if you don't let it cure.

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Wareagle (author)2007-07-08

War Eagle!

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mdntrdyr (author)2006-05-17

sweet....WAR EAGLE!!!!

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radiorental (author)2006-05-16

nice work, I like the colours

an alternate method for creating a stencil can be found on step 3 here
https://www.instructables.com/ex/i/187511B80A9D1029BC4A001143E7E506/

note it reduces the underspray problem and no taping. You can get really detailed stencils using thin paper and spray tack.

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