August 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 19 August 2017 // TEMPLINE PRO GRASS PAINT system tends to leave large rubbery paint pieces in the infi ll, causes heavy ghosting and can cause you to prematurely beat up your turf. Other systems use fi eld or house paint with soap added to aid in removal by preventing a proper fi lm to be formed; these systems fail miserably when it rains or gets damp. How do you know if you are using a removable paint system or not? If you can buy your remover solution at a Big Box Store, you are not. So the makeup of the resin based removable paints allows it to dry quicker while a latex based-paint would take longer to cure. Repainting the line when it is not truly dry will dilute the paint creating a longer dry time. The more paint that you use (larger spray tip), the longer it takes for the paint to dry. Applying a light (primer) coat fi rst and letting it dry allows for heavier application. But the more paint that is applied the more time and labor is re- quired to remove lines or logos. Painting existing inlaid logos Requests for painting an existing inlaid logo with a Red, White and Blue theme have been very popular. For quick removal, a clear removable base will help insure that the paint won't remain on a lighter color of turf. Usually the patriotic theme is used for one game, but with recent catastrophes throughout the world comes increasing requests for special logos. A current inlaid logo can be painted a different color such as Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month or Red, White and Blue for patriotism using removable paint that can be removed and restored to normal fi eld markings by the next game. Logos aren't too bad to remove since all of the process is in the same area where you can concentrate the scrubbing, chemical remover and washing without much mobilization. Lines and yard marks require moving the scrubber and water source and usually require specialized equipment and increased labor. Some of the scrubbing machines may have one rotating brush with a pad; others may have two or three rotating brushes in opposite directions to thoroughly massage the chemical on the turf blades enabling the paint to be removed more quickly. At outdoor facilities a lot of water helps to breakdown the paint particles that are eventually fl ushed through the drainage system. Most of the newer paints are made from more ecologically safe ma- terials to prevent contamination going into the water system. When painting indoor facilities with removable turf rolls, more vacuuming and lighter application is the norm so there isn't a lot of water left under the turf. The removal process can also be done on natural grass, but requires the chemical remover being diluted with water as not to harm the turf. Less agitation of the grass blades and more water usually helps preserve the turf. The darker colors usually dry faster and tend to blend into the turf when removed but the whites tend to show a lot more shad- owing and can leave a slight resemblance of the prior logo or lines. There are clear coats "masks" that quality synthetic turf paint man- ufacturers use to protect sewn in lines and logos. If you intend to add paint over these, look into it before painting. /ST/ Mike Hebrard is owner of Athletic Field Design, www.athleticfi

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