Turf paint help needed

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by xtreem3d, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Hey guys,
    Tested some JDL green paint today out of my skid sprayer (JDL said it would work) the results weren't good at all. For $ 200.00 probably got about 10,000 sq ft covered and not like I had hoped. It was touted as what they use at Busch Stadium. I seem to think I would get better results with alot more pressure like an airless sprayer you would paint a deck,house ect with.
    Any of you guys have any real world info to help me out?

    I almost think I would have better results with the green turf dye (marker) instead of true turf paint...anyway thanks in advance for any help or tips,
    PS searched but didn't find much
  2. cindyb

    cindyb LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
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  3. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    We have found that the smaller the particles the better and more even coverage (not always more pressure, try smaller tips on the gun) also it helps to spray in different directions (hence, 2 or more coats) good luck
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Thanks...the general opinions are that my cone nozzle should have been a flat nozzle and the particles were way too big. I am on a short time frame so I am gonna try my gas powered Myriama backpack tomorrow as it sprays out like a 'ride on" sprayer might.

    MrG what equip do you use and any pics?
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I tried it out of my skid...before I knew better. Small particles work better...much better. Use a backpack with a flat fan.

    You do know that stuff is not very good for your pump right? It's clay based...kaolin
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  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    I didn't but after my attempt I noticed the film on the inside of the measuring jar so I flushed the sprayer out.

    Any idea how many oz per gallon you were using and sq ft of coverage you got?
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    The amount of coverage varies considerably. Grass height, thickness and dryness. You mentioned the dye...it only lasts a few days...maybe a week, not sure what your reason for painted turf this time of the season, but the paint lasts several months. If you are just coloring brown spots from spraying chemicals the dye maybe ok, if you need the color more permanent the paint is a better choice. The paint also has a more natural color, it's just need a few days to a week to loose the blotchy look.

    I will never use my skid sprayer to apply the paint again...you really need a dedicated sprayer for this stuff...it makes a mess.
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  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Thanks for the tips...this is at a business I do where the CEO is making his first visit to St. Louis and with no rain we can't keep the grass green enough with hoses because it's just too big
  9. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    I've used the paint before and I think it's ok. I started using a lot more Tracker SPF, mixed with liquid fungicide and iron for blanket spraying. That stuff is pretty cool. It lasts longer than a regular green dye (2 to 4 weeks), still allows photosynthesis and gives the added benefit of UV protection. I now only use the paint as a last resort or for painting dormant C4 grasses.
  10. Plantculture

    Plantculture LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I have played around with a product call Foursome from quail-pro. Its is not a dye or a paint, its a pigment that the grass absorbs. Don't let it drip or overspray on dry hardscape because it will not come off.
    I found that if the hardscape is wet and you get some on, it dilutes and washes off.

    Its lasts for several weeks.

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