Sport Taper Instructions

Straight Line Taping

Directions for use on wood, synthetic, resilient tile, and concrete floors. As with any project, surfaces to be taped and painted must be clean and dry as specified by tape and paint mfg's. Before you start, test apply some masking tape and pull up to check adhesion. If tape does not stick well, then further surface prep is required.

  1. Install tape guides on guide brackets depending on tape width to be used. Note: additional tape guides and other small parts are stored in right side tape spindle. Remove wing nut to access.
  2. Loosen adjusting screws in guides to move guides to proper line width. Inner edge of tape to center of tape machine should be half the width of court line. Always test adjustment by applying some tape to floor and measuring to see if line width is correct.
  3. Transfer pointer from back of taper to front of machine and install line guide to extension. Line guide and tape guides are stored in right side tape spindle.
  4. After establishing center of line, mark with tight string or snap a chalkline. With string,use a weight on each end. Place small nails in floor at each end and tightly stretch colored string line or chalk line. I chalk line is used, sweep away chalk before painting.
  5. Start several inches back of where court begins to allow tape to stabilize. Place tape on spindles and pull six inches of tape down and place under front wheels making sure tape has stuck to floor and double check for correct width between tape.
  6. Press down on tape machine and proceed at slow and steady pace. Go past the end of court by a few inches and cut tape.
  7. Always before starting the next line, be sure there is enough tape to complete the line.
  8. After taping, use razor knife to trim intersections where lines overlap.

Circle Making

  1. Install extension circle rods to flex joint on left front wheel and place center pivot on the other end of circle rods.
  2. After marking center of circle, place center pivot on this spot and adjust to correct distance and tighten thumb screw. If help is available, or when doing synthetic floors. one man can hold pivot in place while another operates the machine, or on wooden floors, pivot can be fastened to floor with a nail so that one person can install circles. On smaller circles it may be necessary to operate taper with rear wheel slightly off the floor.
  3. Circles are best taped using 3/4" or 1" wide tape. When installing very large circles like 3 point lines, wider tape can be used. Tapes designated as flat back tapes can not be used for circle making.

Before painting:

  1. Be sure edges of tape are still firmly sticking to floor so as to prevent any paint from seeping under the tape. Because aping can take several hours to complete and because some tape may release, it is recommended that the installed tape be rolled over a second time, especiallu in circles.
  2. Remove tape as soon as paint has had time to set. Thirty minutes is usually long enough. 
  3. Follow line paint mfg's direction for painting. For instance, on rough surfaces, it may be necessary to use clear tape sealer to prevent paint from running under edges of tape. This step is not requred if spraying lines with striping machine, as sprayed paint will not usually run.

 Retaping Old Lines

  • The rectangular line guide is helpful in retaping old lines. One edge will follow 1" lines, the other edge will follow 2" lines.

Plastic Marking Tape

  • One and two inch wide plastic tape can also be applied with this machine for straight lines and circles. On straight lines it will be necessary to offset guide line to one side of the intended taped line. Usually one 2" line is applied, and either spindle can be used for this purpose.