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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sports Field Marking Receiving a Facelift


Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association
2009 Summer Workshop
Besides providing safe playing sport field surfaces many field managers, coaches, facility managers, and youth sports association volunteers are incorporating a variety forms of "facelifts". Several trade journals have been increasing the coverage on "tips and tricks" on field marking operations to including painting standard boundary lines, field distance identification, and custom logos and advertising.

The July 2014 issue of Sportsfield Management Magazine has an extensive article with a number of contributors sharing the expertise and lessons learned. Dean Angelo, owner of Sports Lines, highlighted the use of the Pythagorean theorem to establish square corners on sports field. Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker has developed several desktop tools using MS Excel functions to produce squared playing field intersection distance calculations for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee which can also be utilized for other sports.

Pulling string lines almost ensure consistently straight lines no matter what field marking equipment you might use, e.g., 12-volt battery or gasoline powered airless line stripers. Dean also emphasized that putting down a base white coat is effective in making subsequent color applications more vibrant for logo including another coat of white on boundary lines.

He also mentioned that on synthetic turf fields he would use aerosol chalk as the preferred solution for very temporary field marking.

A July 2014 issue of SportsTurf, the official publication of the Sports Turf Managers Association includes a extensive series of interviews of 4 sports turf managers. They were asked what 3-4 factors do you consider most important for efficient and successful field and logo painting. They were also asked about their worst field paint disaster. Almost to every contributor they emphasized good quality paint and paint sprayer and keeping your equipment clean.

In the same SportsTurf issue an article covered field marking technology for synthetic turf sports fields. Written by one of the industry leaders in synthetic turf field marking products Jim Brady highlighted that importance of understanding the paint and removal agents for the temporary marking solutions as well as recognizing that the synthetic turf fibers change adherence qualities as the fiber ages.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Tru Mark Model E-100 Athletic Field Marker YouTube Video Clip

Tru Mark Model E-100 Athletic Field Marker YouTube video clip helps tell the story for field operations staff on feature and capability distinctions.

  • Tru Mark Model E-100 12-volt diaphragm pump technology is easy to operate and maintain and runs quietly with low volume low pressure output with very little to no safety issues concerning paint injection under the skin. This technology is now being used by the professional baseball leagues to reduce skinned area contamination. (Model EZ-70 baseball infield demonstration image)
  • The 2 angled off-setting nozzle spray applicator provides excellent coverage, no need to cover the line twice thus saving time.
  • The unit features line application between center and outside wheel for direct line of sight striping operations for the operator (toward the end of the video clip). 
  • Tru Mark's Terrain Following Paint Shield Assembly technology ensures a crisp line no matter the terrain, adjustable with shields widths from 2" to 8" using traditional hex head Allen wrench. 
  • The set once shield rotation design through gravity and handle bar control requires no springs thus no recurring adjustment during operations on rough terrain.
  • Recently the E-100 unit has been upgraded to 12 inch wheel configuration on a wide platform deck and ergonomic handle bar assembly improving the control and ease of operation.
  • All steel deck design and major metal operational parts (zinc plating, brass, stainless steel) ensure longevity and endurance.
  • A traditional 12-volt deep cycle marine battery operates 6 plus hours before recharging (charger included, battery purchased by customer).
  • Easy pump maintenance with hand tools (Philips screw driver). 
  • Unit includes spray wand and hose. 
 http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/walk-behind-striper/tru-mark-model-e-100-athletic-field-marker.html


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Washable Field Marking Paint (Removable with Water the Same Day)

Liquid Chalk Foot Scuff Test
A recent email presented the following statement. "Can you tell me if you carry field paint that is washable?  We need to stripe a portion of a field for evening practices and then we need to be wash it off that same evening.  Do you have a solution or know of a product that would work?"

So what does Tru Mark suggest?

Are you applying to natural grass or synthetic turf?

If it is the later we have a couple solutions that work well without any cleaning agent required. For natural grass these same solutions will work but removal may not be as effective.

Aerosol chalk is a quick and easy solution if you already have an aerosol line striper (also available). This product performs like traditional powdered chalk once it dries and comes off with water or brush action, no cleaning agent needed. One aerosol can will cover 200 linear feet. This product does come in different aerosol chalk colors (red, yellow, blue, pink).
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/durastripe-aerosol-chalk-white-12-cans-per-case.html
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/durastripe-aerosol-chalk-color-12-cans-per-case.html

If you have access to an airless line striper then I recommend our SwitchBack Double Play bulk liquid chalk. The product is diluted 1:1 and then applied. It can be removed with water or brush action. We only have this product in white at the present time. One gallon of diluted chalk will cover 300 linear feet.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/switchback-double-play-liquid-chalk-all-turf-white-5-gallons.html

When applying these products to natural grass the chalk may ‘cling’ to the leaf tissue depending on the health of the grass. Mowing and applying water will remove the product.

For a removable field marking paint that requires a cleaning agent then we suggest the TrailBlazer Rally Day and Trail Wash. An aireless line striper (Titan Powrliner 850, Graco FieldLazer S100 ) that produces at least 900 psi to apply the non-diluted paint. One gallon of this product will cover 300 linear feet. For removal Trail Wash is sprayed on, agitated with a hand or mechanical broom/brush, then rinsed with with water.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Titan Tool Powrliner 2014 Summer Promotion

Looking for Titan Powrliner 850, 2850, 4950, or EazyLiners then the time is now to make our purchase on turf and payment line striping equipment. Savings range from $100 to $800, May 15th to July 31st, 2014. This is the first time in 5 years that I've represented Titan Tool Powrliner line striping equipment that they have offered a summer promotion on a majority of their products.

Check out the many savings on Titan Tool Line Striping Equipment.

In concert with the summer saving program Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker has introduced the Titan Powrliner 4950 two-gun unit to include the 12-gallon Paint Tank Hopper and the Turf Tire options as standard equipment.

Once the Titan unit is purchased we'll provide a serial number(s) along with a receipt/invoice so you can send in the Summer Coupon for 2014 savings, even before the item is delivered.

I have to pass on a little "chest pounding" from our Titan sales representative, "Our TITAN Lazy Liners are selling at record pace and are completely compatible with Graco (same ball hitch, height, etc, etc).  We even sell the hitch for the LL3900 and up if a customer wants to connect an old Graco striper to our Lazy Liner.  It is a fact that we offer the best assortment & features of ride-on driving systems on the market today."

I must say the Titan sales, office, shipping and technical staff have been superb when supporting me as a distributor which translates to better customer service to our patrons.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Three New Titan Powrliner EazyLiners--Self-propelled Rider Options

Three new EazyLiners introduced by Titan Tool in 2014. These units have replaced an earlier Powrliner self-propelled riding model.

Besides incorporating standard turf tires they utilize three different Subaru motors, one with electric start (Elite), and a unit with a single drive wheel (Compact). In addition  Titan has established connection hitches to support multiple Titan Powrliner line stripers as well as one competitor's walk behind line markers.

The Titan Tool Facebook page has several videos with a Lazyliner Elite and Powrliner 4950 in action.


Titan Powrliner EazyLiner Options

EazyLiner Elite

  

EazyLiner Pro

  

 

EazyLiner Attachment Options

Just in, customer testimonial after purchasing two Titan Powrliner 850s, "Look forward to ordering from you guys again, can’t believe how fast they got here.  The check should be in the mail this week!"
City of Florence, SC, 04/21/14

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Soccer Field Layout Tool Testimonial

"This is the greatest tool ever for marking fields.

We have about 35 fields in the Spring season and about 25 for the Fall season.  We also run two tournaments each summer with between fifteen and twenty fields for each tournament.    All of our fields are marked by volunteers.  I try to not mark fields but spend the time to teach others how it’s done.  But it never fails, I always end up marking a couple each season.

As far as time saving.  I’ve marked hundreds of fields and thought I was pretty good.  The very first time I used this I went from four hours to mark a full size field to less than two hours.  I have now been using this  for about four years and tell everyone how great it works."
Thanks, D.B., Northern Utah United


Tru Mark's Soccer Field Layout Tool, a MS Excel template, that uses the Pythagorean theorem, a*a + b*b = c*c. Three points down the center of the field are used, the center point of the field and the center of the goals along with the desired field dimensions, to locate the intersections so staking with string line can be completed. The template allows for entry of the dimensions and it automatically calculates the distance from the two reference points to the intersections using two tape measures. Locate the distances on the two tapes for a particular intersection and you have a staking position. There has been over 2,000 requests for this tool.

Check out the many different field staking solutions.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What Should You Not Forgot This Spring for Sports Fields?

Deep Tine Aerator
If you are short of funds and personnel then my vote is to fund core aeration of cool-season sports fields. There are many benefits besides relieving soil compaction to include getting more air and water into the root zone and helping decompose thatch which will also release more nutrients into the soil. Healthier turf grass from core aeration requires less fertilization, less pest control such as grab grass and broad leaf weed control, and less watering. The second most important consideration in the health of turf grass is cutting the grass at the same height more frequently and producing less thatch which acts as a valuable fertilizer (read more below on whether to cut the grass shorter early in the season).


(Courtesy of Kansas State Horticulture Department)
"If you are planning to core-aerate your tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass sports fields this spring, reserve a machine now so you can get the job done in March or early-April. Coring early in the spring gives cool-season lawns a chance to recover before crabgrass and other warm-season annual weeds start to germinate.

Core-aerating is one of the best things you can do for your sports fields. It relieves compaction, hastens thatch decomposition, increases water infiltration and helps promote better root growth. Pay attention to the soil moisture level when coring. The soil should easily crumble when worked between the fingers. If it is too wet, the machine's tines will plug and it will merely punch holes in the wet soil, which increases compaction. If it is too dry, the tines will not be able to penetrate very deeply." (Ward Upham)

If you don't have the time or equipment to do the whole field then concentrate on the high traffic areas, e.g., between the hash marks on a football field, center of the field and in front of the goal area for soccer and the sidelines where the line judge runs, and the area around the lacrosse goal. For those organizations that have the opportunity to move the field lines and goal areas, this helps move the traffic and wear areas around to allow recovery time for the turf grass. Just moving the sidelines in or out will help as well as moving the goal several feet will make a significant difference. The side benefit of moving the boundary lines and internal sports field lines is minimizing any toxicity build up from field marking paints

Soil compaction slide with audio presentation by Ohio State University Turf Grass Sciences. (4:31 minutes) Many of the images show golf course maintenance operations which are also appropriate for athletic sports fields. Courtesy of Sports Turf Managers Association website reference.

Check out photo album of many different turf grass and sports field management tools that are available by vendors.

(Courtesy of Kansas State Horticulture Department)
"How Low Should You Go?
We often are asked whether it is good to mow lower in the spring. The answer is yes and no. It doesn’t hurt to mow lower than normal the first mowing or two. As a matter of fact, it can actually speed green-up by removing old, dead grass and allowing the soil to warm up faster. But the mowing height should be raised to normal after the first or second cutting to discourage crabgrass.

Crabgrass seed must have light to germinate, and a high mowing height will shade the soil. Also, root depth and mowing height are related on upright growing grasses such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass — the higher the height of cut, the deeper the root system. A deeper root system means a more drought-resistant turf.

So, how low should you go on the first cutting? On tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, you can mow as low as 1 to 1½ inches. Be careful you don't go so low that you scalp the turf. Normal mowing height for Kentucky bluegrass is 2 to 3 inches and for tall fescue is 3 to 3½ inches. (Ward Upham) "

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Agility and Speed Layout on Indoor Synthetic Turf Facility

What to include in your strength and conditioning facility besides weight training?

Wayne High School, NE extended their existing detached facility to provide more room and equipment for their strength and conditioning program. Besides new strength conditioning equipment provided by NOVA Fitness Equipment Co. [http://www.novafitnessequipment.com/] the facility now includes a padded synthetic turf surface, 92’ x 12’ using a interlocking sections. This portion of the facility is designed to improve agility and quickness drills to include the 5 Dot Drill, Agility Ladders, and Speed Ladder distance lines while replicating a football field. 

Review the photo album of the finished product.

Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker was asked to paint agility and quickness drill areas using permanent field marking paint specifically formulated for synthetic turf surfaces. Tru Mark applied TrailBlazer SolarTrail after lots of measurements, using stencils, measuring tapes, painters tape and a paint roller. At one end of the turf surface is the 6 sets of 5 Dot Drill templates and at the other end 2 sets of 10 box Agility Ladders. In between 5- yard lines were painted, Goal, two 5-yard lines, and a 10-yard line along with 4” x 24” hash marks and sideline numbers. The whole area was outlined with a 4” white border.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test Course Markings

StakeAll Marking Whisker
How to layout and mark the Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test Course? The US Department of Highway Transportation issued new rules for each state and county driver licensing boards to increase the requirements on the CDL Skills Test.

While some of the CDL Skills Test courses will be laid out on concrete/asphalt surfaces with pylons and paint there will many courses laid out on gravel and packed lots. How do you mark on these surfaces where paint is not appropriate? One of the marking solutions is using survey like marking whiskers, specifically the StakeAll integrated marking whiskers, along with pylons and rope.

The StakeAlls have a hardened plastic stake that can be driven into a hard packed surfaces using a 1/2 inch diameter rod such and the Tru Mark Hand Driver or the Standup Driver. The traditional marking whisker strands are attached to the top ridge of the plastic stake. The StakeAlls come in multiple colors where course distinctions to need be made. They are sold in set of 5 each with packaged offering of 15 (set of 3) and 25 (set of 5) for additional savings.




StakeAll with 1/2" Diameter
Hand Driver

StakeAll Durability


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Metal Sports Field Markers Located with Metal Detectors

A recent Tru Mark inquiry mentioned the need to locate soccer field intersections from season to season. Here's their question, "I'm inquiring about the field marker sets you all have for lining soccer fields. Are your markers metal? I would like for any markers I buy for my program/club to be located in the ground each year by metal detectors in order to eliminate measuring. I have a number of fields to line each season and would like to minimize the effort it takes to do so."

Because they are considering purchasing a significant number of items we are passing on a discount that we offer to all customers.

Tru Mark's zinc plated steel Field Line Anchor should satisfy their requirements.

This unit is inserted into a predrilled hole (using 3/4" soil/wood/steel drill bit), tapped into place with the 3" disc at grade level or below. These can be located with a magnet as well as our Whisker Plug inserts.

I've included several links with images of the Field Line Anchor (FLA).

When ordering 12 or more FLAs I can offer you a price of $14.00 each plus shipping and handling. Each FLA weighs just under a pound a piece.

If you order a FLA with whisker plug the pricing would be $18.00 per set. For the  large volume discount pricing please refer to this Blog posting #20140311.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105832309948818480130/albums/5500404710677221521

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/g1YH0M2Gtvim8XFE5cT6sdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0

https://plus.google.com/photos/105832309948818480130/albums/5568467666381280209




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Monday, March 10, 2014

Patriotic Ribbon Stencil Offering with Aerosol Paint or Chalk

Patriotic Ribbon Stencil, 9' x 18'
The Patriotic Ribbon, Red, White, and Blue, Custom Stencil is a new addition to the Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker sports field stencil product line. This flexible yet sturdy 10 mil sheet plastic, manufactured at 9 feet wide by 18 feet tall, will provide years of use to beautify sports field as well as community facilities. Tru Mark has package deals to include one case each of blue, white, and red aerosol paint as well as aerosol chalk for those temporary marking requirements.

Add the Patriotic Star Custom Stencil, 12 foot tip to tip, Red, White, and Blue, with individual Stars will further add to your sports field and facility beautification for the Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations. Aerosol paint and aerosol chalk package deals are also available.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Titan Powrliner 2014 Spring Promotion (Feb. 15 -Apr. 30)

Titan Tool Powrliner features the 2014 spring promotion on popular line and sports field marking units purchased between February 15 and April 30. The following coupon offers some great values:
Send in a filled out coupon (6.5 MB PDF) with a receipt to Titan Tool for these amazing promotional accessories.



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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Premium Bulk Field Marking Paint from All American Paint Co.

All American Paint Co. which Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker is a authorized distributor for reintroduced a reformulated Ameri-Stripe Premium bulk quality field marking paint that can be diluted up to 2 parts water to 1 part paint (2:1). Thus a 5-gallon pail will generate 15 gallons of diluted paint. At 300 linear feet per diluted gallon the Premium Bulk Paint 5-gallon pail will cover 4500 linear feet, well more than coverage for 2 soccer fields. Pricing is based on 20 pail purchases. A pallet holds 24 pails. With current pricing at $49.95 per pail including delivery in the lower 48 states this is bound to be favorite for youth sports associations and city park and recreation departments.

If you need a inexpensive ready to use colored paint solution then we suggest the All American Paint Ameri-Stripe Ready-2-Spray bulk formulation.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Paint Lacrosse Lines on a Football Turf Field

I am on the board for a HS Lacrosse program in IL.
We have a brand new turf football field and need to stripe it for Boys and Girls Lacrosse this Spring.
We would prefer a longer lasting paint (90 days?). Black and Yellow.
We need info and pricing on paint types, sprayers and removers.

For temporary marking paint I would suggest our TrailBlazer Rally Day removal paint formulation along with the Trail Wash removing agent. Plan on about 300 linear feet per gallon of paint. This paint is normally not diluted. 5-gallons should be sufficient for lacrosse and I would recommend 5 gallons of the TrailBlazer Trail Wash as well. We normally have yellow or an off yellow in stock. I’ll have to check on the lead time for the Black, if not in stock we need 30 days lead time and pricing will be higher. If we have blue/red in stock would you accept it versus black?
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products/paint.html?limit=all
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/trailblazer-rally-day-removable-turf-paint-custom-colors-5-gallons.html
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/trailblazer-trail-wash-turf-paint-removal-agent-1-gallons-4-cans-per-case.html

For field marking equipment I would recommend is the Titan Powrliner 850 which has adjustable pressure so you can achieve sufficient pressure for undiluted paint. There is now a Titan Spray Shield Assembly for the 850.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/walk-behind-striper.html
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/walk-behind-striper/titan-powrliner-850.html

The Trail Wash can be applied with a traditional hand pump-up or battery operated backpack sprayer. This product is sprayed on and a brush or mechanical broom is used to agitate the turf fibers and then rinsed with water. This may require several iterations. You do not let the Trail Wash dry during the application and removal process. There are MSDS labels for the paint and removal agent on each webpage under Additional Information tab.

So for estimation purposes:
1)    Titan Powrliner 850, $1,677.00 plus $125.00 S&H
2)    TrailBlazer Rally Day, Yellow, 1 5-gallon pail, $250.00 plus $35 S&H
3)    TrailBlazer Rally Day, Black, 1 5-gallon pail, $250.00 plus $35 S&H
4)    TrailBlazer Trail Wash, 1 5-gallon pail, $110.00 plus $35.00 S&H
Total $2,517.00
These products should ship with 5-7 days.

Since you mentioned you would like to have the lines to remain for 90 days this may eliminate the aerosol and bulk liquid chalk solutions as with foot traffic and rain the chalk is removed (without cleaning agents). It would require restriping with a traditional aerosol striper using our inverted aerosol cans (just like aerosol paint). Aerosol chalk covers 200 linear feet per can. You would need about a half a case for each color per striping operation. (DuraStripe Aerosol Chalk colors or SwitchBack Double Play liquid chalk in white only right now (could be applied with the Titan 850)) There are some facilities that will not allow paint to be used so that is why chalk is a preferred solution.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/durastripe-aerosol-chalk-color-12-cans-per-case.html
Let’s say you have a season that lasts 9 weeks and you restripe once a week, you’ll need 5 cases of yellow and 5 cases of black.
For estimation purposes:
1)    DuraStripe Aerosol Chalk, yellow, 5 cases, $65.00 per case, $325.00
2)    DuraStripe Aerosol Chalk, black , 5 cases, $65.00 per case, $325.00
3)    Aerosol Line Striper, SSAT, $200
4)    Shipping and handling, $95.00
Total $945.00
These items should ship within 3-5 days.

Would there be other sporting event sponsors or facility managers (pavement striping) that could help defray the purchase of the powered line striper? The Titan 850 can be used for parking lot striping as well as natural grass striping. Here's quick comparison between the Graco S100 FieldLazer and the Titan 850 Powrliner.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Paint Existing Baseball/Softball Bases

We need to repaint our baseball bases with white paint for better look.

What kind of paint should be use to do it ?

Aerosol turf paint?

Tru Mark offers a product for this purpose, however it is not listed on our website. It is a specialized water based formulation for permanent application, BaseConditioner.

One quart will cover approximately 15 square feet. Right now we only sell the white in 1 gallon containers at $89.00 per gallon, and the orange in 1 quart containers at $49.00 per quart. You can clean the base with a steel brush, roughing it up, or use a cleaner such as our TrailBlazer Solar Wash.

Aerosol paint typically flakes off very quickly as well as traditional bulk latex paint (house interior or exterior). We offer a aerosol chalk product, DuraStripe Aerosol Chalk, that is used primarily for tournament or weekend series.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products/paint.html?limit=all
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/durastripe-aerosol-chalk-white-12-cans-per-case.html

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Suggestions on Over Painting White Lines On Synthetic Turf Surface

Thanks again for your call on painting over existing sewn in white lines with a green color. This particular customer had a existing football turf field donated for new use as a baseball field.

We would suggest two possible solutions.
1)    Aerosol paint with a clear coat (primer) followed by a turf green colored aerosol paint. $65.00 per case plus $16.95, ships within 3-5 days with 3 day delivery.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/durastripe-aerosol-paint-color-12-cans-per-case.html
This product can be applied using a traditional aerosol liner striper.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/walk-behind-striper/tru-mark-sharp-stripe-all-terrain-aerosol-painter.html
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/walk-behind-striper/aerosol-line-marker-painter-10-inch.html
2)    Bulk latex paint, our TrailBlazer Solar Trail Green Sweep. $260.00 per 5-gallon pail plus $30 shipping and handling per pail. This product is in stock and ships within 2-3 days with 2 day delivery.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/sports-field-athletic-marking-paint/trailblazer-solar-trail-permanent-turf-paint-custom-colors-5-gallons.html
This product should be applied using a airless paint spray that generates at least 1000 psi, higher is preferred.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products-field-striping-equipment-paint-stencils-tarps-tools/walk-behind-striper/titan-powrliner-850.html

Also to help delineate the "skinned area" of the infield we now offer a 'dirt colored turf paint'. This is a non-diluted bulk latex product specifically formulated for synthetic turf. Pricing is the same as the Solar Trail Green Sweep product.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Multi-purpose Sports Fields--Line Marking Considerations/Issues

We received a request recently concerning line marking and painting on multi-sport synthetic turf fields.

"I'm a parent in Virginia.  My daughter's high school will soon be installing two turf fields.  You are the only one I have found on the web so far who seems to care about how the interests of the different sports are balanced when it comes to marking the turf. 

In our situation, nobody is forcing us to do the maximum gaudy football field and then try to fit the others into it, but that's what will happen if we don't stop and think about what we really want.  What I would most want to avoid is having an overly strong "gridiron", and I especially don't want fully painted "pay dirt."  I want football to play on our field as just another sport that has no more priority than field hockey.  It shouldn't have the bright sewn-in lines while everybody else has puny fade-out lines.  (While I personally would prefer to make lacrosse primary, I'm willing to compromise and play even!) 

What I would like to show to our decision makers is a marking system that achieves this.  I'm willing to have a gaudy logo at center, but otherwise no artwork in the end zones, in order that lacrosse and soccer aren't distracted by crazy paint jobs.  (I also wanted to point out that the paint jobs fade, and it doesn't look sharp after the first year.) 

Do you have a color scheme that evens things up, for soccer, lacrosse (girls and boys), and field hockey, as well as football? 

You mention that there are sometimes regulations on color choice.  I'm not sure if Virginia or the county has such rules -- but I wonder if we could get a waiver if we make a good argument for an alternative. 


Anyway, I am hoping that you might have a picture to share, or some advice. 


Figure 1. Here is a field, probably not legal, that really cuts back on football.  
They say it is for flag football, but I wonder if that could be adapted. 


Figure 2. This next one is our local college, Georgetown, which obviously doesn't care too much about football, at least on this field.  I'd still like to avoid the end zone logos, but these are at least not on a fully painted background.  The lacrosse and soccer lines are equal to (or stronger than) the football lines. And they don't put the yard numbers on it.

Kent"

Response to information request.

Over the past several years traveling across the USA visiting different sports facilities I’ve run across several different line marking schemes for multi-use fields.

In a Minnesota school district hosting football, soccer, and lacrosse they followed a white (football), soccer (yellow), lacrosse (blue) color scheme. The white and yellow lines were sewn in while the blue lines were painted. It was a very “busy” looking field with football sideline numbers in the field of play but no end zone nor midfield stencils.
https://picasaweb.google.com/105832309948818480130/LacrosseFieldOverPainted

Another Minnesota school district over painted soccer yellow lines on a football field with sewn in white lines. They did not expand the soccer field outside the football field field which made painting some of the yellow lines next to the white lines. We happen to be over painting existing yellow lines without removing the existing painted yellow lines first creating a thicker (build-up) line. The previous paint used was an oil/epoxy
type of material which felt like a gummy substance, not formulated for synthetic turf application. They wanted a brighter line without “cleaning off” the existing material (saving money).
https://picasaweb.google.com/105832309948818480130/WayzataHSMinn

Our local community supports a multi-use field for three high school football teams and two high school soccer teams. The field uses white (football with numbers and midfield stencil all sewn in, fit within the soccer circle) and black (soccer sewn in line). At first I wasn’t sure I liked the use of the black line for soccer but sports participants said they didn’t have any problem with this color selection. Nemaha Landscape Construction Inc., Lincoln, NE, [http://nemaha.net/] was responsible for this construction and has a lot of
experience specifying and installing sports fields in the Midwest. They may be able to
provide you additional information.


Most fields use yellow for soccer on a football field. I’ve seen red used primarily for lacrosse and blue for field hockey when on a football field (white lines). More state education associations are specifying sideline number stencils on the field of play versus the out of bounds yardage signs/markers. Please check with your state high school activities organization/association. Most soccer fields on football fields will use the back line of the football end zone as the soccer end line and may not have a separate color. I do like your white lacrosse lines on the white football field picture. I wonder what the participants think of this when on the field of play?

I’ve heard that some student have problems with certain colors due to color blindness.

On the paint/chalk marking solutions there are a couple options you can consider.
http://www.athleticfieldmarker.com/products/paint.html?limit=all
1)    Permanent field marking paint, bulk latex, can be removed with a cleaning agent, that will hold up for a year, possibly longer, applied with an airless line striper (Tru Mark Trailblazer Solar Trail and Solar Wash).
2)    Temporary field marking paint, bulk latex, can be removed with a cleaning agent, that will hold tournament or season, possibly longer, applied with an airless line striper (Tru Mark Trailblazer Rally Day and Season Ticket and Trail Wash).
3)    Temporary field marking aerosol chalk, applied like a inverted aerosol paint but performs like a traditional powdered chalk (baseball/softball fields), no cleaning agent required, water brushing/foot traffic removes the line. (DuraStripe Aerosol Chalk)
4)    Temporary field marking bulk liquid chalk, applied with an airless line striper but performs like a traditional powdered chalk, no cleaning agent required, water brushing/foot traffic removes the line. (Tru Mark SwitchBack Double Play)
https://picasaweb.google.com/105832309948818480130/DoublePlayLiquidChalkTrials

If you are only playing weekend tournaments for a particular sports activity then the temporary marking chalk solution may be the preferred marking option. There are more facility managers restricting the use of paint on their multi-purpose fields. They do not want to be spending time and resources cleaning the turf to remove lines.

Here's a recent article that you might be interested in. There is a section that talks about field striping and marking. This particular article appears to avoid football as the soccer lines (picture at top of page) are in white, lacrosse in yellow, and two other sports in blue/black and red.
http://www.northstarpubs.com/articles/prb/partnering-to-meet-common-goals

"Striping And Marking

The benefits from fields like these are dependent upon the ability to host several sports. The artificial fields must be lined and marked for multiple men’s and women’s sports, which adds to the complexity and cost of the project. This also requires cutting, gluing, and splicing the artificial turf, which can result in a greater need for seam repair in the future. The basic outline of the soccer fields is incorporated into the turf at the factory, and once the artificial grass is in place, the additional lines are cut, glued, and sewn in. While this slows down the process of installation, it does allow for a variety of tournaments, which adds a positive economic impact."

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013 to Military Members, Families, and Veterans

Friday, December 20, 2013

Graco S100 FieldLazer Limited Time Offer--Save $200

Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker is having a Winter Sale,  for a limited time, on the Graco S100 FieldLazer while supplies last. This highly recognized line marking product is normally offered at $2,399.00, but for a short time frame we are selling this unit for $2,199.00. Get your spring field marking operations started on the right foot with this industry standard gasoline powered field marking unit.

Read more about the differences between the S100 and the Titan Powrliner 850 high pressure airless line stripers.

Graco marketing video for the S100   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PET1j8uu0cA

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Landscape Paver Stone Large Design Layout Solutions

Paver Stone Design for a Circular Drive Way
Landscaping companies are being asked to install designs using paver stones. How can you implement a very large detailed design, say 60 foot diameter, and ensure it will come out based on the original CAD/PhotoShop design?

One solution is converting the design into a flexible custom sheet plastic stencil. Initially all the paver stones are laid out in the landscape/driveway/patio. The flexible stencil is then stretched out over the paver stones and the design is traced onto the paver stones. The stencil is removed. Then each stone is removed and cut based on the marks. The different colored stone pavers are also cut based on the markings after the lines are transcribed. The cut pavers are then replaced into the landscape, the infill is worked into the gaps, possibly with vibrating machines to improve the settling. And your design is completed in the paver stone landscape.

Another solution is overprinting the design on engineer paper using a scale that is appropriate for your situation.You then replicate the grid on the pavers stones using string/twine, say ever 1 foot, thus a one foot square grid. Referring to the scaled printed image you identify the intersections on the string grid. Using straight/curved edges and a marking pencil/pen you connect the crossing on the string grid onto the paver stones. Once done, pull the string lines and begin pulling and cutting paver stones.

Please consider Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker to speed up the stone paver layout design by manufacturing a custom flexible stencil. Send us a good quality image and we can provide you with a price quote.The particular design shown above was ordered and completed by manufacturing 1/4th of the design, approximately 27' x 27' of sheet plastic. The customer after marking 1/4th of the paver stone area, rotated the stencil 90 degrees and completed the markings. Offset markings were used to align the stencil relative to the 3rd curb ring at the center of the design. This particular landscaping customer in Rhode Island stated, "Template worked perfect!!".

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month--Cancer Ribbon Path Painting

Cancer Awareness Ribbon Painted Path
October is breast cancer awareness month. There will be numerous events in your area. Please participate is some way. Innovative organizers are adding cancer ribbon painting to their awareness and fund raising events. These inexpensive marketing tools help bring more attention to the events and add color to the event's surroundings.

Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker has several cancer ribbon awareness options, two different size cancer ribbons, an aerosol paint or chalk package with the different size cancer ribbons. Check out the large, 8.5' x 17.75', cancer ribbon with pink aerosol paint package , the smaller, 4.5' x 8.5, cancer ribbon with pink aerosol paint package (shown in image above), large, 8.5' x 17.75', cancer ribbon with pink aerosol chalk package, or smaller, 4.5' x 8.5, cancer ribbon with pink aerosol chalk package.

Many customers are finding the pink aerosol chalk application works well for temporary marking on surfaces such as sidewalks, synthetic turf fields, and other pavements. The aerosol chalk is applied just like aerosol paint, dries typically in 30 minutes, and is removed with water or broom/brush/foot action, no cleaning agenet required.

If you have a picture you would like share please forward and we'll post on our Tru Mark Cancer Ribbon Awareness Photo Album.

Hashtag for Cancer Awareness Event

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fence Windscreens Available in Different Heights, Colors, Quality.

Fence windscreens are now available in different heights and colors. Tru Mark is offering four different windscreen models manufactured by Aer-flo, Inc.

From the extremely tough Tuffy, Puffy, Standard, and Ballasted Windscreens you are sure to find the right solution for your sports activity fencing.

Aerflo Windscreen Tennis Fence
Aer-Flo® Windscreen Products for Tennis, Sports, and Outfield Fences,
four models to choose from

Aerflo Tuffy® Windscreen--The toughest, highest quality windscreen in the world!
  • Made with our exclusive Vipol™ Matrix Material, a super-durable mesh fabric of tightly woven micro-fibers--virtually tear-proof.
  • Windscreen finished with double-needle LOCK STITCHING, eliminating the thread unraveling problem of traditional windscreens that are fully chain-stitched.
  • Backed by a 5-year factory warranty and available in 20 colors.
  • Tuffy Windscreen has a uniform, professional appearance that enhances our sharp multi-color imprinting.
  • Grommets installed every 12”.
  • 78% shading.

Green
Yellow
Kelly Green
Red
Midnight
Green
Orange
Royal
Blue
Vegas
Gold
Burnt
Orange
Navy
Gold
Purple
Scarlet
Beige
Maroon
Grey
CC
Sky Blue
Brown
White
Black

Aerflo Windscreen Baseball Outfield Fence
Aerflo Puffy® Windscreen--made with the same flex-foamed PVC mesh used in traditional “Dura-“ and “Royale” windscreens, but finished with lock stitching to eliminate thread unraveling.
  • Most professionally finished windscreen available that uses the same fabric as the leading high-end products over the past five years, before Tuffy Windscreen was introduced.
  • Available in Black or Dark Green.
  • High quality imprinting available
  • 3-year warranty.
  • Grommets every 18”.
  • 80% shading.
Aer-Flo® Standard Windscreen--our standard windscreen is made with the same VCP fabric that some manufacturers call their best.
  • Lock stitch finished.
  • Available in Black, Dark Green, Royal Blue.
  • High quality imprinting available
  • 2-year warranty.
  • Grommets every 18”.
  • 70% shading.
Aer-Flo® Ballasted Windscreen-- Ballasted Wind Gate (BWG) technology for those Toughest Tennis Court Conditions.
  • Standard units are made with high quality vinyl coated polyester windscreen fabric.
  • Standard colors are Dark Green and Black. Other colors available.
  • SIZE: 5’ Width x 6’ Height only.
  • Mix-in Units available in Widths: 10’, 15’, 20’, 25’ x 6’ Height.
  • Technically Speaking and How and Where to Use It
  • Individual 5 ft. wide Ballasted Windscreen units are attached to chain link fence only along their tops, and the units are installed alternately on both sides of the fence.
  • The bottom of each section has a sand-filled PVC pipe inserted thru its entire width in a triple-reinforced pocket.
  • Engineered to provide just the right amount of ballast to hold the weighted windscreen unit in a vertical position during lighter, tennis-playable winds, but it automatically opens up to let higher velocity winds flow thru, significantly reducing wind stress on the fence.
  • Each 5’ wide section exerts a minimum of 15 pounds of vertical vector force, providing the correctly engineered amount of ballast to offset excessive unit billowing in normal sports-playable winds.
  • When constant wind velocities exceed 25 mph, the Aer-Flo Ballasted Windscreen system provides a progressively increasing degree of wind force relief thru a series of opening “wind gates”, those units on the fence side in the wind direction.
  • Sections that suffer the greatest exposure to high winds, use 100% Ballasted Windscreen units.
  • Sections that have moderate exposure to high winds, mix in non-ballasted individual units of 10’ – 25’ so that 50-70% of section is covered by alternating Ballasted Windscreen.
  • For lower wind exposure sections, mix in non-ballasted units so that 20-40% of section is covered by Ballasted Windscreen.
  • For protected fence sections rarely exposed to high winds, use 100% Aer-Flo non-ballasted windscreen for a perfect match.

Normal position: In calm to low winds.  The subtle, two-tone color effect from alternate side installation of 5’ wide units is exaggerated here. Storm position: In higher, non-playable winds, BALLASTED units open to allow damaging winds thru, PROTECTING FENCE & WINDSCREEN. Self Tie-Up feature:  Built-in hook & loop strips at top allow one person to roll up and secure entire unit in less than 30 seconds.  SAVES COSTLY LABOR TIME.
Windscreens Shipping Costs-- Windscreens are shipped by LTL common carriers unless otherwise noted. Please contact us for shipping costs base on the windscreen size and linear feet. Additional shipping costs will apply to orders for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii. The customer will be contacted before proceeding.
Windscreen Model
Size (height)
Price/Linear Foot
Tuffy
5'
$ 0.65
Tuffy
6'
$ 0.67
Tuffy
9'
$ 0.69
Puffy
6'
$ 0.63
Puffy
9'
$ 0.67
Standard
6'
$ 0.49
Standard
9'
$ 0.55
Ballasted
6' T x 5' W
$ 72.97 each

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Titan Powrliner 2850 Videos--Intro, Prep, Setup, Application, Cleanup

Titan Tool created several very useful videos on the Titan Speeflo Powrliner 2850. Read more about the specifications, warranty, and pricing at Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker Walk Behind Striper Titan 2850.
 
PL2850 VIDEOS


PL850 Introduction

PL850 Setup

PL850 Preparation

PL850 Application

PL850 Cleanup

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

How Many Soccer Field Intersections Need to be Staked for Line Marking


When marking a soccer field (world football) for the first time and subsequent seasons how many points or intersections should you be staking? Here's my quick calculations and why these are staking points for pulling a string line when marking a football field.

 "Mandatory" staking points
4 - Four primary corners of the soccer field playing boundary, a "squared" field
8 - Goalie Box line both ends of the field (each corner of the box)
8 - Penalty Box line both ends of the field (each corner of the box)
2 - Midfield Line, at the Touch Line
2 - Penalty Kick Spot
3 - Center point of field, Center of each goal
27 - Subtotal

"Optional" staking points
2 - Halfway Line Flag
4  - Coach and Team Area, each corner, 10 foot off the touchline at 30 feet between each area
4 - Media safety zone, 12 foot off the sideline from four major corners
4  - Hash Mark, behind the
8  - Photographer Line, varies from 15' to 18' behind End Line
4  - Spectator Line, 20' from Touch and End Line
26 - Subtotal 

Learn more about the soccer  field marking standards.

Check out the different staking options using marking whiskers and associated stakes (nails and Raptor Stakes), Stake Alls integrated marking whisker with plastic stake, Tru Mark metal field line anchor with whisker plug.

Save time by using Tru Mark String Winders and the feature to allow for quick string recovery using a cordless drill.

Looking for temporary marking solution on synthetic turf field for that weekend tournament where the lines come off with water or foot/brush action, no special cleaning agent, the consider aerosol chalk (different chalk colors, red, blue, yellow) or bulk liquid chalk.

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