Line striping is essential to ensure the safe and efficient use of pavements such as driveways and parking lots on properties that receive a lot of drive-in traffic. It involves painting lines on paved surfaces to define traffic flow and guide drivers and pedestrians while they are on your premise.

Before commencing a line striping job on your commercial asphalt, here are a few important things to know.

The General Condition Of Your Asphalt Matters

Before painting lines on your existing commercial asphalt, you should first get it inspected. If there are cracks and holes on the asphalt, you need to have them fixed before striping. Otherwise, the job will look shoddy and won't last long. 

If you are dealing with newly-laid asphalt, wait until it cures to start striping. Many asphalt installation jobs have a curing compound applied to the surface to help lock moisture in during the curing process. If you apply the fresh paint directly over the asphalt before it is cured, the paint will not adhere well to the asphalt.

Deliberate Surface Preparation Is A Must

As with other paint jobs, proper surface preparation is essential to achieving great asphalt line striping results. Before embarking on the striping process, remove any dust, dirt, sand, and rocks that collect on its surface over time, even if your asphalt is cured and in good repair.

You can use a power washer to clean your asphalt yourself or hire a professional to do the job on your behalf. Cleaning your asphalt will help ensure proper paint adhesion, thus achieving long-lasting striping results.

Not All Striping Paints Are Created Equal

Asphalt line striping paints are specially formulated to suit striping applications. They can be water-based, solvent-based, thermoplastic, reflective, and more.

In determining the right paint for your project, you should consider various factors that will affect its performance and durability. These include the expected level of vehicular traffic, local climate, and applicable commercial asphalt striping rules and regulations.

If you hire an asphalt line striping contractor to tackle your job, you don't have to worry about choosing the correct paint for the job. These professionals know the best paint for each job.

Whether you are looking to paint lines on new or existing commercial asphalt, it takes meticulous planning and preparation to do the job correctly. While you can tackle the project yourself, consider leaving it to the professionals to achieve the best results.

For more information about asphalt line striping, reach out to a local service.