The paint may be especially formulated for grass, but where it really
has staying power is on fabric and leather. Be very careful or wear
old clothes and shoes that don't matter. Remember to remove spray can
from machine before putting it into a car. Each team will have a jar
of wipes to clean hands.
Early in the morning, fields are often very wet with dew or from waterering:
sneakers will get sopping wet.
You might want to wear leather shoes, overshoes or rubber boots.
(Fields paint will also hold well on rubber.)
The black 'machines' fold up for easy transport. Don't stack them,
it may damage the rubber 'windshield' on the bottom; put them on their sides if you're
transporting more than one. Please be careful with the cable when
folding and unfolding. Tighten all wing nuts before use. (That
may take a few seconds, but believe me, a loose
handle wastes time.)
There is a spare wing nut attached to each machine.
(1/4 - 20 wing nut.)
Painting The Lines
Shake paint spray can vigorously for about a minute. You could hold
one can in each hand. Take off cap (if the nozzle comes off just put
it back on) and put spray can in machine. Please pay a little
attention to positioning the nozzle (by rotating the can) so that it
slides into the slot, and always pull the lever gently. The drawing
shows what happens when the nozzle goes in wrong; it may break the
cable and make the machine useless for the day.
Walk the machine very slowly, toddler-speed, with the spray can nozzle
right on top of the string, pull lever gently to apply paint, walk slowly to
apply a thick layer of paint. Your walking speed determines how thick the paint is laid
on. One thick layer of paint will dry slowly and allow some of the paint to
drip to the roots of the grass, that is much better than two thin layers of
paint that just lay at the surface.
A can of paint should last about 50 to 70 yards. When your can is
almost empty you may notice clouds of white vapor and a change in the sound from the can.
Put empty cans upside-down in box, so you know which ones are empty.
- The machines cannot go right up to the pins. Leave space open. DO
NOT take can from machine to paint by hand. It takes too much time,
you get too close to the vapors, and we don't want paint on the
metal stakes. Also, DO NOT remove the pins before
the string has been rolled up.
Resist the temptation to "oversteer" the machine when going in a
straight line. The four wheels do a very good job of keeping you going
straight. If you
try to "micro manage" the steering (making little course corrections),
you will invariably end up with a squiggly line.
Slightly lifting the machine off of the rear wheels makes it much
easier to paint the tight curves in the corner arcs and for following the
center circle and penalty arcs lines.
Don't worry about using too much paint. Better too much than too little!
But don't spend extra paint on dirt. It will scatter with the sand
when the kids run over it.
If you do make an error in painting that you want to correct, the
bottom of your shoe makes a wonderful eraser while the paint is still
Ideally, at the end of first lining a field a team of 3 finishes up the
- One person to roll up the string. Do not remove metal stakes
before string is rolled up. It's very hard to wind loose string on the
spool, when there's no tension.
- One person with a bucket collects the metal stakes after the
string is wound up.
- One person with a paint machine fills in the gaps in the lines
where the stakes were.