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Line marking helps to make a parking lot more user-friendly because visitors will know how to navigate their vehicles around the parking facility. However, frequent use and weather conditions can cause line markings to degrade. This article discusses some useful tips that you should implement as you renew the line markings in the parking lot of your commercial building.
Surface Preparation is Key
You should never use oil-based line marking paint on water-based paint. This is because the water-based paint will place a barrier between the oil-based paint and the parking lot surface. The result of this is that the fresh line marking paint will not adhere onto the surface of the parking lot. The new paint will then end up peeling off the parking lot surface during hot weather. You can prevent this premature failure by power washing the parking lot so that all the old paint is removed before you apply the new line marking paint.
Keep Local Regulations in Mind
Many jurisdictions have regulations governing how line marking should be done. For instance, the regulations may stipulate which colours should be used when marking the parking lot. Follow the existing regulations so that the visitors to your commercial building are not confused by the unusual choice of colours on your parking lot.
Use a Sealant
It is also helpful to apply a sealcoat on the line markings once they have dried. That sealer will help to protect the line marking paint from the damaging effects of dirt and UV radiation. Consequently, the new line markings will last for a longer time in comparison to line markings that were not protected by a sealant.
Match Paint to Your Purpose
Line marking paint can be bought in different forms, such as water-based paint and aerosol paint. You should choose the type of paint that suits your overall parking lot maintenance plan. For instance, you should use water-based paint in case you perform parking lot maintenance on an annual basis. This will save you from incurring the higher cost of buying oil-based paint that will have to be scraped off during the next maintenance session. In the same vein, you should use oil-based paint on those sections of the parking lot that are used heavily. This will prevent the line markings in those areas from wearing out faster than the water-based line marking paint in less used areas.
Owners of large commercial parking lots should opt for professional line marking. Such commercial services will ensure that high-quality work is done within the shortest time possible in order to minimise disruptions in the use of the parking lot.