A delivery of acrylic blue paint for resurfacing courts at Stroud Leisure Centre ended up in the wrong place when a delivery driver had a reversing mishap.
The paint, ordered in large 20-litre pots, was intended for use on refurbishing outdoor sports areas at the facility.
A salvage operation was put into place at the centre on Tuesday with paint rescued from the spill being mixed and applied.
Any clean-up to the spill at the car park entrance of the centre, however, may be tricky: the paint is designed, according to Suffolk-based Surf Tech, to be exceptionally tough.
A council operative said the spill has also triggered a clean-up operation, with more than ten containers of the specialist paint ruptured in the delivery bungle.
A Stroud District Council spokesperson said: “A quantity of paint has been spilled on the pavement at Stratford Park Leisure Centre.
“Leisure Centre staff worked quickly to contain the spread and ensure members of the public were protected. The paint was destined for the newly laid tennis courts. The supplier has confirmed it is water-based and environmentally friendly.”