We asked experts from three leading manufacturing companies: What’s one thing sports turf managers should keep in mind when choosing paint for their facilities?
Sales & Marketing Specialist/Eco Chemical
The right choice of paint depends on the size of the job, desired quality and durability of the finished paint job, as well as the cost. How easily does the paint go down? How well does it cover? Does it stay on the grass, or wander off on players’ uniforms? What does it do when it gets wet? Perhaps most importantly, what is it doing to your grass, soil or synthetic turf over time, with multiple paintings over a season? Also, cheap paints with low-quality pigments are hard on airless painting equipment. Experienced painters can discern the quality of a paint by how it feels going through the sprayer and how often they need to rebuild the pumps. One paint isn’t always as good as the next. Make the choice with an eye for true economy as well as the appearance of your field.
James Hlavaty, CSFM
Natural Turf Product Manager/Pioneer Athletics
When choosing paint for your facility, there are various questions you should ask yourself in order to find the right product that fits your needs. Specifically, consider your staffing, time-management needs, paint expectations, budget, etc. For example, if you have time-management challenges, maybe a premixed or aerosol paint is best for you. If you care for multiple fields at one facility, a super-concentrated and highly dilutable paint may best fit your needs. At the end of the day, it’s about finding the right product that makes your field look its best for every event you host.
Regional Sales Manager/Titan
When evaluating what paint is best for your facility line-striping needs, there are two things to consider: the desired performance characteristics of your paint and potential equipment maintenance concerns. High-quality paint products formulated specifically for line striping are the best choice. They are environmentally friendly and designed to produce the brightest and most vivid lines possible on both natural and artificial turf surfaces. Additionally, they’re intended for use with field-marking equipment for increased coverage and typically clean up easier than alternative products, reducing premature wear.