Striping is the application of special paint to an asphalt or concrete surface. When striping asphalt or on top of asphalt seal, a water-borne coating is required. Striping is used to create an organized and informational aesthetic or for safety purposes. The marks created with the paint can indicate direction on roadways, designate drop-off areas, section parking spots in a lot, and many other informative symbols or patterns.
If you need striping done, it typically occurs a day after the application of new asphalt or sealant to ensure it has had ample time to cure. The surface will be cleaned and dried before the paint is applied. Then the lines or symbols will be laid out in chalk to make sure they are accurate. Once the lines have been double checked a machine will be used to create fluid and even marks where the chalk was placed. In the right weather conditions, striping will dry in 30 minutes time but traffic should be kept off the area for at least an hour.
Generally, your asphalt should be re-striped every couple of years to keep the lines bright. This is dependent on how heavy your traffic is and you may wait longer or need it to be redone sooner. A good rule of thumb is once visibility is down to 25%, you should get it re-striped. Customers appreciate clearly marked parking areas; and fresh, bright lines can add to the total image of your business. Re-striping your parking lot is a great inexpensive way to liven up your look by adding a vivid, well-ordered and professional appearance.
Striping is very durable and made to last. Unwanted lines will need to be blacked out with black paint even if they are barely visible. Wear on asphalt sealer will eventually reveal old paint that has not been blacked out.
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