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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) -- Where to Find Information, News, Updates, and Tips

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What are your current News Releases and Product Update Announcements?

What are your Field Marking and Striping Tips?

How to Select an Athletic Field Marker? PDF
What is Tru Mark's Terrain Following Paint Shield Assembly technology?
Why is acrylic latex paint better?
What field marking paints have been tested?
What are your field painting strategies? (updated 06/18/12, 100 KB Adobe .pdf file )
"How much paint do I need?"
"How many cans of paint do I need to line a field?"
How to make a Turf and Golf Course Divot Mix?
Pump Valve and Diaphragm Kit Replacement Instructions. (PDF) (3.3 GPM Shurflo Pump (E-100 & RS-500))
Where can I access service/operator manuals?
Field Layout Dimensions & Tool
What are the football field marking requirements?
What are the soccer field marking requirements?
How to layout a soccer field? (a free desktop tool)
What are the lacrosse field marking requirements?
How to layout a laccrosse field? (a free desktop tool)
What are the rugby field marking requirements?
How to layout a rugby field? (a free desktop tool)
What are the Ultimate Frisbee field marking requirements?
How to layout a Ultimate field? (a free desktop tool)
How can I use my Smartphone with these free field layout tools?

Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker Product Catalog

The table below reflect the shipping charges for parts and accessories to the lower 48 Continental States. Orders for delivery outside the Continental USA will have additional costs. We'll contact you on the additional expenses before shipment.

"Do you have distributors and where are they located?"

"What are your shipping rates?"

"What is your return policy?"
"Can we use a Purchase Order?"
"What payment methods are accepted?"
"How can we request a Price Quote?"
"Are Tru Mark products manufactured in the USA?"
"What kind of paint do Tru Mark Athletic Field Markers use?"
"Can I run a herbicide, such as Round-Up, in my machine?"
"Can I run a growth regulator, such as Primo or Embark, in my machine?"

"What do you recommend when rinsing paint from your field sprayers?"

"How difficult is it to repair a 12-Volt diaphragm pump?"

E-100 Related
"What is the comparison between Models E-100 and EZ-70?"
"What is the cost comparison between aerosol sprayers & Tru Mark?"
"How long can I spray before needing to recharge?"
"What kind of battery do I use?"
"Is the battery included with the machine?"
"Can I use Tru Mark equipment to mark parking lots?"
"What makes your machine better than your competitors?"
"Why three wheels?"
RS-500 Related
"How many fields can you stripe on one fill up?"
"Is this battery or gas operated?"
"Does it have an adjustable 2 head spray arm or something compatible?"
"Can you adjust the width of the spray lines?"
"How narrow and how wide are the lines?"
"Does the unit have a suspension for uneven terrain?"
"How many paint tanks, and what size capacity?"
"What kind of warranty on equipment? or tanks?"
Field Stencil Related
"What are the athletic field stencils made of?"
"What are the field stencil shipping weights?"
"How much paint is needed for a field stencil?"
"What is the width of the football Sideline Number stencils?"
"How durable is the custom field and end zone stencil material?"
"How is a custom or end zone stencil shipped?"
"How do you hold down a custom or end zone stencil when painting?"
"How is a custom or end zone stencil stored?"
"How do you minimize the curling of the stencil edges?"
"How do you layout and set end zone letter stencils?"
"What procedure should be used to paint a custom stencil logo?"
"How can I paint an oval and star without a field stencil?"


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Q: "What are your current News Releases and Product Update Announcements?"

Visit the Tru Mark's Trail Blazing blog. Learn about field painting and turf tips, demonstrations, sports turf industry trends and future trends impacting our local community.

A: Aer-Flo Bench Zone Sideline Turf Protector Case Study.

A: See our simple and quick Ultimate frisbee field layout tool in action.

A:Learn the lastest information on synthetic turf solutions and how Tru Mark Premium Field Marking Paints can help with your field marking operations. See our simple and quick soccer field layout tool in action. Walk-behind the newest EZ-70 Stow-n-Go field marker and the Model E-100. Also featured was the Bench Zone Sideline Turf Protectors to minimize the wear of the sports field at the sidelines.

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Q: "What is Tru Mark's Terrain Following Paint Shield Assembly technology?"
A: Tru Mark's Terrain Following Paint Shield Assembly technology ensures a crisp and even width paint line no matter the terrain. The paint shoe shields are mounted on a rotating rod that does not over rotate when field marking unit is tipped yet can be rotated using a handle bar control cable assembly. The shield width spacing is adjustable for different line widths. The shields minimize drift during windy conditions. The rotating design ensures there are no parallel lines at the completion of line striping due to over spray and dripping/brushing off from the paint shields. This technology was developed in 1995 and continues to endure the Tru Mark distinctive line striping brand.

Q: "How much paint do I need?"

A: Determine how many linear feet of striping is needed. Measure the length of each line and total all segments of the respective lines (e.g., perimeter, internal lines, boxes, circles, etc.). For natural turf fields a rule of thumb we like to use is for every 250 linear feet of 4 inch line you will use approximately 1 gallon of diluted bulk latex field paint. For example if the dilution ratio for bulk latex field marking paint is one to one (1:1) or one gallon of water for every one gallon of paint then for a 250 linear feet of 4 inch line you need a 1/2 gallon of undiluted paint.

Let's say that we are striping a soccer field that consists of 1500 linear feet. This then indicates that we need 6 gallons of diluted paint or 3 gallons of undiluted bulk latex paint that has a recommended dilution ratio of 1:1.

For sports field stencils we recommend you plan for one gallon of diluted field marking paint for every 100 square feet of stencil area.

For synthetic turf fields when using Tru Mark removable and permanent field marking paint such as Rally Day, Season Ticket, and Solar Trail which is typically not diluted we recommend a plan to cover 300-500 linear feet of 4 inch line for each gallon of paint. From our soccer field example above for 1500 linear feet of 4 inch line you should plan to use 3 gallons of synthetic/artificial turf paint. Tru Mark Trail Wash paint removal agent is diluted up to 1:1 up to 5:1 (water to agent) and should cover about 250 linear feet of 4 inch line per diluted gallon. Use Solar Trail diluted 1:1 for removal of the Solar Trail synthetic turf paint and other hard to remove material from the turf.

When painting field stencils on synthetic turf we recommend a plan of one gallon of undiluted paint covering 100 square feet of turf.

Consider our field painting strategies (50 KB Adobe .pdf file) tutorial to learn some of the tips and tricks of field striping.

Q: "How can I use my Smartphone with these free field layout tools?"

BlackBerry devices run an an application that supports .xls extensions, better known as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. The particular application we are using is the Sheet to Go (spreadsheet) version of the Documents to Go by DataViz, Inc..
iPhone users can now download the Office Plus mobile app so they can use the Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker Soccer, Lacrosse, Rugby, and Ultimate Field Layout Tools.

Q: "How many paint cans do I need to line a field?"

We get this question on many occasions throughout the year depending on the sport involved. There is some variability in our assumptions yet we tend to following these guide lines when comparing different painting options.

A typical 18-20 ounce aerosol can of spray paint is going to produce a 2” to 4” wide line that is between 200 to 300 linear feet depending on how fast you walk and whether you make a second pass. For example 100 square feet of paint coverage translates into 300 linear feet for a 4 inch line.

Using a more conservative figure of 200 linear feet for line coverage here are some examples for soccer, football, and lacrosse.

  • Full sized soccer field, 360’ x 225’, penalty and goalie box, center circle, generates approximately 2300 linear feet (adding spectator boundary lines adds another 1400 linear feet). Thus you need 12 cans of aerosol paint (another 7 for spectator boundary lines). By using 300 linear feet you reduce the amount to 8 cans and 5 cans respectively.
  • Full a full sized football field with 5 yard lines, 360’ x 160’, is approximately 4200 linear feet, add 1300 linear feet for spectator barrier, plus approximately 500 square feet for numbering (50 sq ft/1 aerosol can for coverage). On conservative end you would use 21, 7, and 10 cans for field, spectator boundary, and field numbers respectively. By using 300 linear feet per aerosol can the respective number would be 14, 4, and 10 cans per field.
  • For a full sized men’s lacrosse field, 330’ x 180’, generates approximately 2200 linear feet. This field would require 11 aerosol cans of field marking paint.

Now for costs we’ll use $60/12 can case of aerosol paint or $5/can.

For bulk latex you’ll achieve approximately 300 linear feet per diluted gallon of field marking paint. So for example if we used a $60/5-gallon pail that is diluted 2 gallons of water to 1 gallon of paint (2:1) to produce 15 gallons of diluted paint for a cost of $4/diluted gallon.

We’ll use the larger field measurements and the conservative paint usage for comparison purposes:

  Aerosol   Bulk Latex  
  # of Can Cost # of gal Cost
Soccer 19 $ 85 12 $ 50
Football 38 $ 190 24 $ 95
Lacrosse 11 $ 55 7 $ 30



Q: "How to make a Turf and Golf Course Divot Mix?"

A: Here's a Turf Divot Mix receipe using the following ingredients:
- 6 oz. SwitchBack Turf Colorant Kameelyan Bremuda and Blue
- 6 oz. water (Tru Mark recommends 48 oz. of water for a 1:8 ratio of colorant to water)
- 50 lbs. sand
- 9 shovels of compost
- less than one quart of turf seed
Use a small cement mixer to mix your divot mix, first adding sand, water, and turf colorant, then adding the compost and letting the mixer coat all the material. Adjust the color and coverage by adding either more water or coloran. Once thoroughly mix then add you turf seed and mix well to help start the germination process.
The colorant coated sand and compost blends in better with the the existing surrounding turf. Using field marking colorant will help you minimize environmental hazards and adverse affects to the germinating grass seed. The colorant holds up long enough for the grass to grow back in the filled in divot area.
    by Tom Russell, Golf Course Superintendent, Missoula Country Club

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Q: "Do you have distributors and where are they located?"

A: Regional Distributors

Southeast U.S. Distributor

Region is Available

Northern U.S. Distributor (MN, WI, ND, SD)

D. Ervasti Sales Co. - Darrell Ervasti
PO Box 95
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
(320) 654-9693
Fax: (320) 654-0189
Toll free: (800) 848-4912 Ext. 2779
Email: ervquad@charter.net
Website: www.dervasti.com

Southern U.S. Distributor (TX, LA, AK, MS, AL)

Region is Available

Midwest U.S. Distributor

Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker
PO Box 706
Norfolk, NE 68702-0706
800-553-MARK (6275)
Fax: 707-276-1061
email: sales@athleticfieldmarker.com

 

West Coast Distributor

 Region is Available

East U.S. Distributor

Region is Available

Distributor Regions Available

Contact us for distributor information.

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Q: "What are your shipping rates?"

A: Our shipping rates will depend on the product ordered.

  • Tru Mark athletic field markers (except for EZ-70) will be shipped using a common carrier freight company.
  • All athletic field stencil orders will be shipped by UPS Ground service. Customers will be notified of additional charges.
  • All athletic field marking paint orders will be shipped by UPS/FedEx Ground or Common Carrier service. Customers will be notified of additional charges for expedited delivery such as FedEx 2 Day service. Aerosol paints will not be shipped by express services.
  • FedEx 2 Day Service does not include Saturday delivery. There is an additional charge for FedEx Saturday delivery if it is even available for your location. Contact us by phone 1-800-553-6275, email at TruMarkAthletic@gmail.com with your mailing/shipping zip code, or add comments to your on-line order that you are willing to accept charges for Saturday delivery.
  • Tarps and protective covers-- Wind and Non-wind weight tarps and Cross-Over Track Protectors are shipped by package carriers normally. Turf and Bench Zone Protectors are shipped by common LTL carriers.
  • Parts and accessory kits can be shipped using UPS, US Mail, or Fed Ex.

The table below reflect the shipping charges for parts and accessories to the lower 48 Continental States. Theses rates include the WW and non-WW Tarps and Cross-Over Track Protectors. Orders for delivery outside the Continental USA will have additional costs. We'll contact you on the additional expenses before shipment.

Shipping Rates Flat Rate
Varies by Weight Common Carrier/LTL
Express
US Mail $ 16.95 Use Web Site Calculator
NA Varies
UPS Ground $ 16.95 Use Web Site Calculator NA Varies
FedEx 2 Day
Saturday Delivery Not Included
NA Use Web Site Calculator NA Use Web Site Calculator
         
Shipping Rates E-100 RS-500 Series Paint by the Pallet Stencils by UPS Ground
Freight Carrier Costs are included in the price of the Field Markers and Field Paint $170.00 $700.00 $260.00 $16.95
All freight charges willbe verified with carrier. These prices are for commercial address delivery with a dock or forklift available. Limited access charges will be applied if delivery is not to a commercial address. We will notify you of actualshipping costs and credit or charge your account as necessary.

 

International Shipping Available!

Contact us for international shipping options. We use several different carriers depending on the size and weight of the product. We typically try and use a consolidated air freight solution that provides a fairly quick deliver service while minimizing costs.

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Q: "What is your return policy?"

A: Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker will accept the return of your item in good operation condition, no damage, no use on fields, etc. within 30 days of purchase. A restocking fee of 15% and the cost of the return shipment will be applied to the account (if not paid by customer at time of return shipment). Contact us first prior to initiating any return to receive a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) as well as shipping pickup and address instructions.

Q: "Can we use a Purchase Order?"

A: Yes. Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker will accept an organization (normally from cities and schools that receive funding through tax revenues). You can use the on-line order form and shopping cart system to generate a "check" or "fax" purchase. In the comment section of the order please add your organizational purchase order number, date, and signature name. There may be a slight change in the shipping cost which will be confirmed by email or a phone call. Also you can fax or email your organization's purchase order with the items and shipping costs.

Q: "What payment methods are accepted?"

A: Credit card and debit card payments are accepted for VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. You may specify payment by check/money order during on-line shopping cart check procedures and make payment by Paypal serivces. Payments through Paypal should be directed to email account, paypal@eselling4u.com, with a comment note indicating the subject of the purchase. Phone orders are accepted with credit card payments. To expedite the phone and facprocessing please have the product item number and description as well as the credit billing information (credit card number, expiration, and the 3 or 4 digit card code, name and address of where the credit card bill is sent) and the shipping contact information along with phone number and email for tracking information on the shipment.


Q: "How can we request a Price Quote?"

A: You have several options to request a price quote.
(1) For items that are listed on our web site please add them to your shopping cart by selecting "Add to Cart". During the shopping cart check out process select the Phone Order option in the Payment Information section. In the Comments section specify this is a price quote request. We will provide our best pricing and the most economical shipping and handling rate. Please ensure you have a valid shipping address. Non-commercial addresses will be charged extra for common freight carrier deliveries.
(2) Send us an email to Request for a Price Quote with specified items and requested shipping method.
(3) Send us a FAX at (707) 276-1061.
(4) Call us at (800) 553-MARK and ask for Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker (Our greeting is eSelling4u, our corporation name.)

For most items listed on our web site we will provide a response by email within 24 hours. The price quote will be published using Adobe Acrobat Reader (.pdf formatted file) and attached to the email. Please ensure you have a valid email address and provide us with alternate contact information. Include the proposed billing address information in your request.


Q: "Are Tru Mark products manufactured in the USA?"

A: Yes. Tru Mark Athletic Field Markers are manufactured in Norfolk, Nebraska, USA. They are built with parts supplied by American companies.

Q: "What kind of paint do Tru Mark Athletic Field Markers use?"

A: Tru Mark Athletic Field Markers work best when applying acrylic latex water-based field marking paints that are diluted 2 gallons (or more) of water to 1 gallon of paint. They can also apply zone marking paints with less dilution. (See FAQ regarding marking parking lots.)


Q: "Can I run a herbicide, such as Round-Up, in my machine?"

A: As long as the herbicide is water based, and does not require chemicals to clean up, it is OK to run through the machine.


Q: "Can I run a growth regulator, such as Primo or Embark, in my machine?"

A: Yes you can run a growth regulator in your Tru Mark field markers. Please ensure you follow the manufacturer's applications rate to prevent any turf damage. Visit our news release on the Iowa State University field test.


Q: "What do you recommend when rinsing paint from your field sprayers?"

A: After emptying your paint tanks refill the tank(s) with 1-2 gallons of clear water. Run the pump(s) and flush all lines, including the spray wand if used. Empty the contaminated water (due to the agitation return line) from the tank(s) and add 1-2 gallons of clear water. During this second rinse cycle you may add a liquid blue product called Pump Protector, 1 to 2 ounces per gallon of water. Run the pump(s) to circulate the Pump Protector diluted solution for 10 to 20 seconds. This diluted solution may be left in the equipment. Pump Protector can be purchased from paint supply companies. This product helps keep any remaining paint in suspension and reduces the build up of paint on the internal lines, pumps, hoses, screens and spraying nozzles.


Q: "How difficult is it to repair a 12-Volt diaphragm pump?"

A: Two of the great advantages of using a 12-Volt diaphragm pump technology in field marking operations are the relative ease and low cost of maintenance. Refer to a more indepth description of the technology with photo album.

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E-100 Related


Q: "What is the comparison between Models E-100 and EZ-70?"

Capability E-100 EZ-70
Size Wide and long wheel base, Wider handlebar grip, Very Stable, 50" long x 31" wide x 42" tall Efficient Wheel Base, Standard Handlebar Grip, Excellent handling on smoother surfaces, 42" long x 27 1/2" wide with paint shoe (only 21" wide axle) x 42" tall, Some assembly required
Battery 8hr 12v Deep Cycle Marine, (not included)  2 hr Sealed 12v battery, (included)
Paint Spray 2 opposing nozzle applicator 1 nozzle applicator
Paint Shoe Floating assembly with hand control Floating assembly
Paint Control Handlebar Lever Control On/Off Toggle Switch on Handlebar
Wheels 10" x 4" pneumatic 10" x 3" Centipede Flex Rubber
Paint Tank 5-gallon Removable, non-pressurized, with paint agitation 5-gallon Removable, non-pressurized
Pump 3.3 GPM diaphragm external bypass 12v pump with paint agitation, Easy Access for MX 1.46 GPM internal bypass diaphragm 12v pump, Easy Access for MX
Battery charger Automatic 2, 4, 6 Amp, multi-range Automatic 1.5 amp Trickle Charge
Battery gauge Control panel mounted none
Spray Wand Standard with 12' hose Accessory
Transporting Removable Top Handlebar Section, Quick Removable Battery Box and Paint Tank, Front Carrying Handle Fold Forward Handlebar Section, Quick Removable Paint Tank, Wing-nuts for Battery Hold-down Plate
Tools Tool Kit, Screen Funnel, 2.5 gallon Carboy Tool Kit
Weight 65 pounds without battery, Ships at 115 pounds 54 pounds with battery, Ships at 70 pounds
Shipping Common Freight carrier, Cardboard carton (42 x 32 x 24) secured to wood pallet, extra charges for non-commercial address UPS Ground, FedEx Freight, Cardboard carton (30 x 22 x 24)



Q: "What is the cost comparison between aerosol sprayers & Tru Mark?"

A: Here is the comparison:

Aerosol cans figured in bulk at $32.00 a case.
Tru Mark paint figured at $7.00 per gallon of concentrate.

Assuming a small club with 4 fields, using aerosol paint consumes (1) case of 12 cans per field, going over the lines twice, for a cost of $32.00 per field. Allowing for an 8 week season in the summer and an 8 week season in the fall, applying only 4 weeks out of each season, the cost comes to $512 per season, not including tournaments. Add 50% to the cost for tournaments and weekly touch up, and the cost goes to $768 per season, or $1,536 per year.
A small club with 4 fields using a Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker consumes 3 gallons of concentrate maximum per field, going over the lines once (and getting better coverage than twice over with aerosol), for a cost of $21.00 per field. Figuring an 8 week season in the summer and an 8 week season in the fall, applying only 4 weeks out of each season, the cost comes to $336 per season, not including tournaments. Add 50% to the cost for tournaments, etc., and the cost goes to $504 per season, or $1,008 per year, for a savings of $528.00.
The hidden costs that are not defined in the above comparison include your time to make a double pass over with aerosol, the cost of defective aerosol cans due to plugging, and the cost of proper disposal of empty aerosol cans.

The Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker will provide you with distinct line quality, economic field maintenance, safety and simplicity.


Q: "How long can I spray before needing to recharge?"

A: The Model E-100 is able to spray for a full day on one charge of the battery. At the end of the day, just plug in the battery to the battery charger (included) and the charger will trickle charge the battery to a full charge.

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Q: "What kind of battery do I use?"

A: The Tru Mark Model E-100 is designed to run on a 12-volt Group 24 deep cycle marine battery. We recommend a 650 or greater cold cranking amp (CCA) rated battery. A regular car battery should not be used because they are not designed to be run down and charged back up in the manner the marine battery is.

Recommended Group 24 Marine 12 -Volt Batteries:
- Interstate Battery, Model # 24M-XHD, MCA 1,000, CCA 800
- Interstate Battery, Model # 24M-HD, MCA 625, CCA 500
- Walmart EverStart, Model # 24DP4, MCA 675
Marine Cranking Amps (MCA for 30 seconds)
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)

The EZ-70 is equiped with a Sealed 18 amp hour 12 volt battery

Q: "Is the battery included with the machine?"

A: No. The battery can be purchased almost anywhere batteries are sold.


Q: "Can I use Tru Mark equipment to mark parking lots?"

A: The Tru Mark E-100 can be used with water-based zone marking paints. To use zone marking paint or acrylic latex paint used for parking lot marking you must plug the front nozzle of the spray head with a solid disc spacer. Remove the current spray nozzle and flow control value with multi-purpose wrench and replace it with the spacer. The paint should be diluted 16 ounces of water or 16 ounces of latex paint conditioner for every gallon of paint used. You may or may not need to adjust the restriction plug set screw in the paint return line. Adjust the spray head to achieve your desired line stripe width. Since there may be slight paint dribble when disengaging the right handlebar control, it is recommended to reverse your direction for 6 to 12 inches so excess paint is applied to already painted section.

Q: "What makes your machine better than your competitors?"

A: Simple design; ease of maintenance, simple clean up, no pressurized tanks to handle and maintain or gasoline engines to maintain; and user safe (because of the non-pressurized system).

Q: "Why three wheels?"

A: The three-wheel design makes it easier to go straight, and the 10" pneumatic tires make it easy to handle on the grass.

RS-500 Related

Q: "How many fields can you stripe on one fill up? "

A: The gasoline tank holds 7 quarts (easy access directly behind the seat).

Q: "Is this battery or gas operated?"

A: The current RS-500 is a gasoline powered self-propelled unit that uses a Briggs & Stratton 17.5 HP engine. The paint application is done using two 12-volt 3.3 gallon per minute 40 PSI powered pumps that run off the unit's battery. The engine has been upgraded to generate 16 amp output to support the battery and electric pumps.

Q: "Does it have an adjustible 2 head spray arm or something compatible?"

A: The unit comes standard with a two opposing spray nozzle assembly that can be adjusted vertically using a set screw and hex wrench.

Q: "Can you adjust the width of the spray lines?"

A: Besides using the vertical adjustment on the spray assembly, the unit has an adjustable spray shoe for widths from 2" to 8". The spray shoe shields are attached to a rod that has grooves set for 2", 4", 6" and 8" width. The two spray shoe shields have set screws for adjusting to any width between 2" and 8".

Q: "How narrow and how wide are the lines?"

A: The width of the line is dependent on the height of the spray nozzle assembly and the width of the spray shoe shields. Normally you want the paint spray to just reach the edge of the spray shoe shields. As mentioned before the width of the lines can be set between 2" and 8".

Q: "Does the unit have a suspension for uneven terrain?"

A: The RS-500 has a pivoting frame that turns on a center line axis. The front wheels can rotate separately from the rear wheels. The wheels are 11 x 4 turf and 16 x 7.50-8 turf. The current design has the paint shoe and nozzle assembly located directly below the operator of the unit, thus minimizing the effect of rough terrain versus those units lining from the side of the self propelled unit.

Q: "How many paint tanks, and what size capacity?"

A: The RS-500 has two twenty gallon paint tanks. The two 12-volt pumps have an external bypass line to provide return paint to the tanks for agitation.

Q: "What kind of warranty on equipment? or tanks?"

A: Tru Mark Athletic Field Marker provides a 2 year warranty on defects in workmanship and materials. We are a leader in the industry with this warranty program.

Our web site has more details on the RS-500 Rider as well as a convenient specification list. Click here for RS-500 Product page and click here for a listing of the specifications.

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Field Stencils Related

Q: "What are the athletic field stencils made of? "

A: The sideline number stencils are manufactured from either 1/16" or 1/8" sheet plastic. The hashmark stencil is made from 1/8" sheet plastic with five hinged sections for easy folding. The Large and Small Block and Custom stencils are manufactured from 8.5 mil agricultural grade sheet plastic for durability and easy storage.

Q: "What are the field stencil shipping weights? "

A: 3.5' Sideline Number Stencils 1/16"' ship at 27 pounds.
3.5' Sideline Number Stencils 1/8" ship at 38 pounds.
6' Sideline Number Stencils 1/16" ship at 45 pounds.
6' Sideline Number Stencils 1/8"' ship at 88 pounds in two boxes.
Hashmark stencil ships at 27 pounds.
Large Block Letter Stencils (10' x 16') ship on average at 10 pounds per letter and vary between 8 and 12 pounds. Custom Field stencils will vary in weight depending on the size and the amount of material remaining after the manufacturing process.

Q: "How much paint is needed for a field stencil? "

A: A rule of thumb for painting field stencils is approximately 1 gallon of diluted paint per 100 square feet of stencil. For example a Large Block Letter stencil, 10' x 16', will have approximately 100 square feet of painted area. If this is the first application you may use more and subsequent painting operations will likely use less paint.

Q: "What is the width of the football Sideline Number stencils? "

A: The 6' tall football Sideline Number stencils will vary in width but are generally 42" to 44". The 3.5' tall football Sideline Number Stencils vary in width from 26" to 26".

Q: "How durable is the custom field and end zone stencil material? "

A: Our custom field stencils and large block letter stencils (10' x 16') are manufactured from 8.5 mil agricultural sheet plastic. The material is the toughest, very difficult to pierce, in the industry. It is more durable than a 10 mil industrial grade sheet plastic.

Q: "How is a custom or end zone stencil shipped? "

A: The 8.5 mil sheet plastic stencils are folded like bed sheets and shipped in a cardboard container that is approximately 24" x 24" x 6".

Q: "How do you hold down a custom or end zone stencil when painting? "

A: Several methods can be used to hold the stencil place. After receiving the stencil we recommend removing it from the shipping box and lay it out if possible in the sun to help the plastic return to a flat configuration. We recommend holding stencils in place by using 2 x 4 boards (PVC pipe), sandbags, or folding over the corners of the stencil and staking down using landscape staples or a 8" nail with a fender washer. In the body of the stencil we recommend using sand bags, bicycle tire inner tubes filled with sand, 2 x 4 boards, PVC pipe, and cardboard tubes (e.g., carpet roll) to hold down specific areas of the stencil.

Q: "How is a custom or end zone stencil stored? "

A: These stencils can be folded similar to how it was shipped or rolled up on a pipe, tube or board.

Q: "How do you minimize the curling of the stencil edges? "

A: Try to minimize the amount of paint over spray, especially aerosol paints, on the edges. If possible before using the stencil spray PAM (cooking vegetable oil) or Simple Green on the edges and then rinse with water after use. Once paint has accumulated allow it to dry and flake off as part of the storage process. Prior to the next use spread the stencil out (preferable in the sun) to regain its original shape.

Q: "How do you layout and set end zone letter stencils? "

A: We have a end zone stencil layout tips tutorial that helps produce a symmetric layout.

Q: "What procedure should be used to paint a custom stencil logo? "

A: When using the custom stencil bring with you a colored picture of the logo. This allows the field painting staff to recognize how the stencil was manufactured relative to the logo features. Many custom stencils will have a border or series of borders. Some of these borders will be cut out using bracing for strength and designated by using a series half moon and rectangular cut outs.

Prior to taking the stencil to the field we recommend spreading out it to lay flat and remove creases. You want to minimize the amount of time that a custom stencil is spread out on the natural turf to reduce any heat stress to the turf. Use some method to square the stencil on the playing field, using the yard lines and hash marks and string. Once the field stencil has been laid out you must secure the stencil using methods mentioned above.

Try and have all your different colored paint and painting machine available before the stencil is laid out. Have a rinse pail of water available for mistake corrections and clean-out between paint colors. Use an aerosol field marking paint can or spray wand applicator connected a field marking paint sprayer to quickly outline the painted sections of the stencil so the stencil can be removed quickly from the turf. After the stencil has been removed then fill in the respective painted areas.

To help a stencil stand out you can first paint a white background. Also you can free hand paint a different color border around the logo. This is especially effective for end zone letter stencils.

For those stadiums with shorter bleachers we recommend placing the stencil on the home field side of center line of the field. More of the stencil will be visible due to the height of football field center relative to the sideline.

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Last modified September 9, 2014