A Closer Look at Lot 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.
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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