- First, cut the grass as short as possible. The stencil will look crisp and clear on shorter grass and as a bonus you will use less paint. Most stencils will need two coats of paint to look as vibrant as possible!
- Lay out the stencil a day before you are ready to paint to help flatten out the edges. Don't lay and leave the stencil on your field- it will heat up the grass and dry it out.
- Get some help! Depending on the size of the stencil and its complexity, we recommend having at least 1 extra person on hand to help move the stencil around and get it aligned properly.
- Have weights available to keep the stencil in place as you are painting. Don't use stakes or anything to pierce the plastic. Our sandbags are a great option!
- Be prepared! Take a bucket of water with in case you make a mistake so that you can instantly remove the paint.
- Take a photo of the logo to the field with you for a visual. This is especially helpful to have if your logo has a few colors as most stencils will have bracing and outlines. This will help to make it as easy as a paint by number!
- As with anything, a higher quality paint means less coats and ultimately less cost.
- Take a step back! Stencils are made to look best from a distance. Keep this in mind as you are painting. Step back to get your fans perspective!
- Get creative! Try adding a free-hand border around your logo or letters. It is much easier than it sounds and has a great visual impact!
- When done painting lay your stencil out flat so the paint residue can dry and it doesn't stick together. Remember not to lay it on your field or it might ruin the grass!
- Bring a camera-you're going to want a picture when you're done! Send TruMark the picture so we can share it!
Still have questions? Ready to get your custom logo and paint your field? Visit our site to see some custom stencil examples and contact us via email or at 800.553.MARK to get a quote!
Stay tuned, next week we will be posting a case study for a new stencil trial at a local golf course.