A Closer Look at Lot Marking

Teri Kasprzak / June 01, 2011   |   Education / Pavement Marking

Striping a newly paved parking lot is important for two main reasons–aesthetics and safety. The color contrast of a newly striped lot is attractive and promotes a positive image for the property. More importantly, striping serves to direct people safely around the parking lot by designating drive lanes, fire lanes, ADA-accessible areas, crosswalks, and parking spaces.

Lot Marking with Bumper Blocks
Lot Marking with Bumper Blocks

Striping over various surfaces requires different materials.  For example, striping over fresh asphalt or sealer requires a water-borne coating.  These paints are typically formulated with lead-free pigments and do not contain any “active solvents.”  Striping over concrete substrates requires chlorinated rubber paint for optimal adherence.  These paints are essentially a modified alkyd with strong solvents to promote adhesion and disperse the chlorinated rubber.

Paints should be applied using an airless striping machine at a minimum of 13 mil wet film thickness to ensure long-lasting, high-quality lot marking.  Typical drying time is 30 minutes; however, traffic should remain off the lot for at least one full hour.

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Lot Marking Application
Lot Marking Application

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