If you are going to be using bulk paint, you have the option of either an airless striping machine or a low pressure striping machine. Aerosol paints have a few options as well. You can find more specifics on each of these below.
What is an Airless Striping Machine?
Airless striping machines can be used on both natural grass and synthetic turf. These striping machines utilize high pressure to atomize the paint as it’s sprayed out. This allows the paint to fully encapsulate the turf blade – providing an even coat. When painting synthetic turf, this also minimizes paint going into the infill. Additionally, airless stripers use less paint. When painting synthetic turf, less paint is better. Many airless machines have a dial that allows you to choose how much pressure you want to use. When using an airless machine, it’s common to set the dial anywhere from 800-100 psi. Pioneer sells numerous airless striping machines, including a self-propelled model.
Aerosol paints can be applied using a handful of methods. The most simple, but not necessarily the most comfortable, is simply spraying by hand. There are also three different tools that can help make using aerosol paints more manageable. The first is an aerosol can gun, a foot long apparatus that secures the can and uses a trigger system to make spraying the can easy. This tool works well when you are painting logos. The second is an aerosol marking stick, a 2.5’ stick that also secures the can and uses a trigger system. The marking stick can be used for both lines and logos. Finally, there are aerosol marking machines. These four-wheeled devices carry up to 12 cans of aerosol paint. The aerosol marking machines give you the most control when you are marking lines on an athletic field. Pioneer sells each of these aerosol marking tools in two different sizes to correspond with our two different aerosol can sizes – standard and jumbo.