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colored surfactant

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Lawnchick22, May 11, 2006.

  1. Lawnchick22

    Lawnchick22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    does anyone have any experience using a colored surfactant? or even a colored spray? i am calibrating a new sprayer, using water first and thought it would be a good idea to use a color to see what i am doing.:dancing:
     
  2. viking72

    viking72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    You don't need color to calibrate, it is used to show coverage.
    Post this in the pest forum for more answers.
    Later,
    Doug
     
  3. Let-it-mow!

    Let-it-mow! LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    The color you can add to your mix tank is called a "marker". Your chemical supplier will have what you need.
     
  4. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    turf tracking dye, actually, but when calibrating a new sprayer with water, I find asphalt, a stop watch, a measuring wheel, a bucket and measuring cup to be all you really need. run a 15 second spray away, measure the wet area and X4, you'll have your area per minute. run the pump into a bucket for 15 secs, measure it with the cup, times 4 and now you have flow per minute. That's all you need to figure rates from the label of whatever you plan to spray at that point. Forget dying things blue or green.
     
  5. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    I've tried it, a couple years ago. The dye is still all over everything in my toolbox! AVOID if possible!
     
  6. somo1

    somo1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    Leave your toolbox open in the sun. UV rays fade out the dye.
     
  7. Quail Creek LC

    Quail Creek LC LawnSite Member
    from IOWA
    Messages: 155

    Do what GreenUtah said. That is the only way to calibrate a sprayer.
     
  8. viking72

    viking72 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

  9. Lawnchick22

    Lawnchick22 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    thanks for this simple method... i will try and save some $$ on 'marker'
     
  10. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    for the record, I hope the NC pest exam covers calibration!
     

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