In each case, the paint was shaken, stirred and poured into a freshly washed machine before being applied as a single line. Then, to see if a thicker coverage was advantageous and to mimic overmarking, each was placed as a double application by marking first in one direction and then repeating as an overmark in the opposite direction.
Fleet Elite is supplied in 10-litre containers with a cardboard surround, making a cube-shaped module that is easy to handle and very stackable. The cardboard can be recycled. Supaturf's Topline Brite-Line is in 12.5-litre containers and Duramark in 10-litre containers - again, easy to handle and stack.
Assessment of the lines after drying showed the Duramark Standard lines, for some undetermined reason, to have "tramlines" running along the length.
Although this was the third paint to be applied, the marking wheel was found to be free from debris. A few days later the tramlines were less obvious, having closed up to give a good-quality line.
In all instances, the paints - in both single and double applications - gave a very high standard of white line. The tester graded these in order of preference for clarity, whiteness, brightness and coverage. Two independent college staff also verified this grading system.
All lines were crisp and of excellent whiteness. Initial assessment gave Fleet Elite the edge over its competitors, with Brite-Line and Duramark Standard tying in second place in terms of clarity and brightness. This positioning was reported every day through to and including the final day of assessment, 11 days after application, when all lines were deemed to remain of a good quality.
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