A simple way to enhance the appearance of
a sports field, is by applying paint. Over the next few minutes we’ll discuss the types
of paints used, how to dilute concentrated paint, and some common application methods.
Let’s get started. Athletic field paint comes in 2 different varieties, aerosol cans, and
5 gallon buckets. Either way, they come in a variety of colors.
Aerosol cans can be the easiest way to paint a straight line and it’s ideal for small areas.
Aerosol paint is often used for batter’s boxes and foul lines on a baseball field. When painting
the batter’s box, it’s a good idea to dampen the surface prior to applying the paint. This
will make your lines pop, and last longer. You can also use aerosol paint to touch up
the pitching rubber, home plate, and bases. For painting straight lines, this 4 wheel
stripe machine is very easy to use. All you do is insert the paint can upside down, align
the guide arrow along your string, squeeze the trigger, and away you go.
For jobs that require larger quantities of paint, buying 5 gallon buckets can be more
cost effective. It also has a richer look than aerosol paint. Bulk sports field paint
is available in concentrate, and ready to use options. The advantage with RTU paint,
is that it’s ready to use, right out of the bucket. However, concentrate is typically
a better value, allowing you to choose the dilution rate, and the additives you prefer.
When diluting the paint, you’ll want to determine if you’re painting a new line, or if you’re
painting over an existing line. You can also add a Plant Growth Regulator. A PGR will slow
the growth of the turf, extending the value of your paint. For new lines, you’ll probably
want a smaller water to paint ratio. For existing lines, a higher water to paint ratio is common.
To apply bulk paint, you’ll need an airless paint machine, like this FieldLazer S100.
This machine is a common economical paint machine. It’s ideal for large areas such as
football, soccer, and baseball fields. It also features a detachable gun that is useful
for painting logo stencils. For detailed how-to instructions, please refer to the manufacturer’s
manual. With the amount of work that you put into
your facilities, adding field paint is the finishing touch that will give your field
that professional look. For more information, stop by a local Ewing branch, or visit us
online at ewingirrigation.com.