0 Quality line markings can make all the difference

Spray LineGood quality line markings can make all the difference to both the appearance and appeal of an artificial turf sports facility say Technical Surfaces, the UK's leading artificial maintenance specialists.

To offer players the assurance that these lines will last over the course of a season (whether for football, tennis or hockey), you need a service you can rely on. Throughout the life of a synthetic pitch, new markings may be required due to changes in the rules of a sport or to increase revenue from your existing facility by adding extra layouts to the surface.

The use of water-based aerosols can be a short term solution, but if used over a longer period can detract from the playability and enjoyment of the sport, as the paints leach and fade. Excessive use can also begin to contaminate the infill and cause the area around the lines to become a hazard. However, specialist 2-PAC sports compounds make regular re-marking a thing of the past. The paint is applied using an airless spraying technique to produce clearly defined, accurate lines that can provide in excess of 12 months' use.

Excessive Paint1By its very nature, line marking is weather-dependent, and best results are achieved when conditions are dry. At Technical Surfaces, the company encourages clients to book their line marking in advance for completion during the summer months, when the weather should be fine and pitch usage is at its quietest.

Alternatively, a permanent solution is to have lines cut into the artificial carpet. Permanent markings cut into the surface can enhance appearance and playability, particularly when compared with temporary water-based line markings. Indeed, for small marks and nibs (such as the 5m 'broken line' now required by England Hockey for all new or resurfaced full-size Hockey pitches) this may prove to be the most cost effective solution.

Tarmac courts can also benefit from a thorough refurbishment of the play lines: initially, the courts should be cleaned using a series of pressurised water jets that are forced into the surface to remove moss, algae and other contaminated material. A full-surface chemical treatment should then be applied, followed by hand-lancing of any stubborn areas. Once cleaned, the application of a binder coat will help prevent the courts from breaking up or 'fretting'. The line marking and colour-coating of the tarmac courts can then be refreshed, as existing lines often become discoloured and faded beneath surface contamination.

A whole host of sports markings are available to help you increase the revenue and enjoyment of your artificial sports pitch or tarmac court. Call Technical Surfaces now on 08702 400 700 and ask to speak to a Technical Manager or visit www.technicalsurfaces.co.uk

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