Given the wide selection of turf brands, filament varieties, choice of infills, installation practices, and a bevy of other variables, it’s safe to say that no two synthetic turf fields are exactly alike. Yet, field managers across the country have one challenge in common – getting the most play time from their field, while delivering a high quality appearance for every game and ensuring maximum longevity.
The typical life of a synthetic turf field used at the professional level is five to six years. So how can you increase your chances of seeing the high end of that life expectancy with your field? Here at TempLine™, we landed on the need for a complete, well-integrated field preparation, painting and paint removal system, including field pre-conditioners, paints, removers and equipment, all specifically engineered to work together. The ideal system should also have technical advice readily available when it’s needed and should be adjustable for varying weather, field condition and intended duration of use. Because this system didn’t yet exist, we created one.
Paint Makes a Difference
Unlike normal paints, the ideal paint for synthetic turf should perform without chemically bonding to, or being absorbed by, the turf surface. These paints should be easy to apply, not alter the play characteristics of the field, stand up to weather and play wear, and still come off quickly and easily.
The key to the success of our TempLine system is its chemistry. President, Mark Cheirrett, explains that “the best kind of paint for synthetic turf should act as a lightweight ‘exoskeletal’ coating on the turf strand, while also re-liquifying when removed, to avoid leaving behind solids. And that’s what we designed our paints to do.” Our line of waterborne paints can be specified according to different turfs, climate conditions, and durability requirements.
Don’t Overlook Prep and Removal
Using the safest paints on your field, however, is only half the battle. In some instances, a pre-conditioner may be needed to optimize paint adhesion. Finally, an effective and compatible remover is necessary to avoid build up, and the proper choice of removal equipment will make a considerable difference in the longevity of your field.
Removing a paint that is not designed to break down easily must be done mechanically, which translates to shredding the field and weakening its fibers. Even if you aren’t doing heavy painting, that type of repeated abuse over time is significant. Our paints offer waterborne low VOC formulations that can be easily removed by chemicals with no odors or fumes, resulting in a start to finish process that is both environmentally beneficial and user friendly.
Extraction is the Holy Grail of Field Preservation
Above all else, complete paint extraction is perhaps the best thing field managers can do for their field. The TempLine Mantis® Hydro-Extractor removes and extracts the residual paint and remover while leaving the infill material behind.
The Mantis Hyrdo-Extractor was the first of its kind in the market, specifically designed and engineered to work with TempLine paints and removers. Thorough extraction minimizes paint residue in the turf that degrades field play characteristics and can potentially interfere with field drainage.
If you are a heavy painter on a synthetic field, set yourself up for long-term victory by using a well designed and engineered field marking and removal system. This decision will simplify the job of maintaining your turf and add value and life to your field.
Contact us today to learn more about how the TempLine system can extend the life of your synthetic field!