Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to make removal easier/faster?
- In terms of technique, pre-brushing the painted areas with a drag broom helps loosen and crack the paint so the remover can penetrate better (especially when removing logos). Use remover at full strength. Work small areas at a time.
- Apply TempLine™ Remover and let it sit for a minute or two. Check whether the paint is liquefying by rubbing a rag or paper towel over area. When paint begins to smear and come off, the product is working. Use agitation (deck brush or other scrub brush) to scrub fibers and break up paint. High-pressure water jets work best for rinsing as they lend additional scrubbing with water rinse.
- Paint may be more difficult to remove in extremely hot, dry climates (especially when paint has been “baked on” over a long period of time), so try to work on cooler days. Also, if you know the field will be exposed to extremely hot and dry conditions, we recommend TempLine™ Fast Break Paint, which is formulated to be less adhesive and break down faster when remover is applied.
- The Eco Scrub Bug and Water Bug are great tools for getting the best results in removal of TempLine™ paint. The dual rotating heads on the Scrub Bug help agitate and crack up the paint. The high-pressure water jets on the Water Bug power the paint from the individual fibers. Together, they are the perfect combination for removing paint and cleaning lines, numbers, and small logos on the field.
What is the best way to apply the remover?
TempLine™ remover is easily applied with a pump backpack sprayer or gas powered sprayer. Be sure to get a nice, even coat on the area of paint to be removed. If you would like to use TempLine remover in your Kromer or other low-pressure application equipment, use TempLine Remover L.V. If you’re using the Mantis® Hydro Extractor or a Kromer, you can dilute the remover to 3 or 4 to 1. An airless sprayer connected to a large tank (50 – 150 gallons) also works well. A large diameter tip (like a #21 opening) works best when applying the remover.
Can I dilute Eco TempLine™ paint and remover?
- TempLine™ paint is best applied lightly. Diluting the paint is possible, though the paint is designed to be bright and opaque at full strength. Diluting it can dull the appearance of lines and logos, which will have to be painted more often.
- TempLine remover works best at full strength, but it can be diluted as much as 3 or 4 to 1, depending on the type of equipment being used to apply. If you’re repainting often, just remember, that painting on synthetic turf is the opposite of painting on natural grass. It lasts a lot longer, and the more paint you put down, the more it will build up in the infill.
I have a new field and the paint does not seem to stick well. Why?
Brand new fields come off the factory line with a light coating of oil on them (something applied to the plastic that makes up the “grass blade” fibers). This oil can make adhesion difficult for a number of months. The amount of time the “shine” lasts depends on how often the field is exposed to weather, wear and painting/cleaning. The field can be cleaned thoroughly with TempLine™ remover and water to minimize this effect. For best results, we recommend using TempLine Pre-Game after cleaning and before painting to improve paint adhesion on newer fields.
How can I prevent “buildup” of paint on my synthetic field?
The Mantis® Hydro Extractor was the first tool developed for completely removing paint from synthetic fields. It features hydraulic scrubbers, high-pressure sprayers and, most importantly, a flush vacuum system designed specifically for synthetic turf.
What makes TempLine™ paint different from other water-based paints?
Typical latex or acrylic paints are formulated to adhere to porous or textured interior and exterior surfaces. Once dry and cured, these coatings are designed to last and are not easily removed. TempLine™ products are designed to be easily applied and adhere to the smooth, non-porous surface of plastic synthetic turf fibers. Like other paints, TempLine products are designed to stay in place through weather and field play wear. When it’s time for TempLine to be removed however, our specially formulated water-based remover is applied to re-liquefy the paint, allowing it to be quickly and harmlessly rinsed off the turf fibers.
What’s the difference between TempLine™ grass and TempLine™ synthetic turf paints?
- Typical latex or acrylic paints are formulated to adhere to porous or textured interior and exterior surfaces. Once dry and cured, these coatings are designed to last and are not easily removed.
- TempLine™ products are designed to be easily applied and adhere to the smooth, non-porous surface of plastic synthetic turf fibers. Like other paints, TempLine products are designed to stay in place through weather and field play wear. When it’s time for TempLine to be removed however, our specially formulated water-based remover is applied to re-liquefy the paint, allowing it to be quickly and harmlessly rinsed off the turf fibers.
What’s the difference between Original, Fast Break, and Tough formulas?
TempLine™ water-based paints are available in three formulations to accommodate different field service requirements.
- Fast Break is for short-term events involving quick field turnarounds. Fast Break provides good weather resistance, stands up to player wear-and-tear, and has excellent removability.
- TempLine Original is the best choice for field paint intended to remain in place for extended periods, requiring only moderate touch-up from time to time. Original is by far our most popular paint.
- TempLine Tough is our most durable weather and wear resistant product, designed to perform for longer periods under tough weather conditions and climate, yet still be removable when the time comes.
Are all three formulas of TempLine™ removable?
All TempLine™ paints are designed to be easily removed with TempLine removers and equipment, with minimum wear and damage to the field. Our removers re-liquefy the paint on the turf fibers and infill, allowing the paint to be washed off easily and rinsed into the field drainage system or extracted using our Mantis® Hydro Extractor.
Why are there two different remover formulas?
TempLine™ removers come in LV (Low Viscosity) and Gel formulations. Both can be diluted 1:1 and deliver the same excellent application and paint removal performance.
- TempLine LV runs easily through field equipment with lower voltage or low-pressure hand pump garden sprayers, and works best in normal temperatures and humidity. It’s also recommended for removing TempLine paint from more porous surfaces, such as concrete or wood.
- TempLine Gel formula is thicker and provides for longer evaporation periods, making it preferable for use in hot, dry climates. Both formulas are low-VOC and emit little odor, along with being eco- and user-friendly.
What is Clear Base?
Clear Base is a pre-painting sealant used to protect sewn-in lines and other permanent markings. It’s also recommended for preparation of surfaces that are porous and highly absorbent. These surfaces are less likely to give up the paint when the time comes to remove it. This can lead to “ghosting” or paint residue accumulation after multiple paint application and removal cycles. TempLine™ recommends using Clear Base over all surfaces to be painted, to improve opacity and brightness as well as provide protection from ghosting.
When should Pre-Game be used?
These typically oily substances can interfere with paint coverage and adhesion, resulting in beading or uneven coating, and making the paint more likely to rub off with player contact.
Can TempLine™ paints be ordered in custom colors?
All three TempLine formulations are readily available in 12 standard colors including white, with an additional 50 color formulations ready to be produced upon request. We can also custom manufacture virtually any PMS color desired.