How to Maintain Line Markings
Mar 29, 2022
Line markings are essential for managing traffic in car parks and warehouses. They hold important information about the direction of traffic, the orientation of parking spaces, pedestrian zones and so on. These markings are crucial to the safety of both pedestrians and motorists. So, if you’re managing car parks or warehouses, you need to make sure that your markings are clearly laid out.
Unfortunately, these markings won’t last forever. Due to the weather, traffic and variety of other factors, line markings will eventually begin to fade over time.
In this blog, we’re going to cover five things that you can do to ensure your line markings remain clear and vibrant.
- Prepare the floor
When it comes to painting, preparation is key. Indeed, the appearance and longevity of your line markings will depend on how good your preparation is.
To start off with, make sure that any old markings are removed from the surface. This includes peeling paint as well as any leftover tape. If you paint over these remnants, the new layer of paint won’t be able to adhere to the surface properly and will likely peel prematurely. For the best results, we recommended hiring line removal specialists for this job.
Once the old markings have been removed, you need to inspect the surface for any cracks or holes. If the surface is too uneven, it’s going to affect the visibility of the markings. Because of this, these blemishes need to be repaired so that the line markings can be properly laid out.
Another thing to consider is the primer. Just like with painting walls and furniture, the primer helps the paint to adhere to the surface. This prevents peeling and ensures the longevity of the paint. Additionally, the primer helps the color of paint appear brighter and richer. This will improve the visibility of the markings.
- Clean the floor
If you want your line markings to last for a long time, you need to make sure that the surface is clear of dirt, grime and debris. In preparation, it’s important to clean the surface to ensure that the new layer of paint adheres to the surface. If you paint over dirt and grime, air bubbles will likely develop underneath the topmost coat. Eventually, these air bubbles will cause the paint to bubble and peel.
After the line markings have been laid down, it’s still important that you keep the surface clean. Dirt and debris are abrasive and can therefore scratch the paint quite easily. At first, this might not seem too much of a problem. Over time, however, it can cause a lot of damage to the markings.
- Protection from the elements
Environmental factors like UV radiation, moisture, and pollutants can severely affect the visibility of line markings. These factors also affect the markings’ retro-reflectivity at night. This means the lines become much more difficult to see in the dark.
Because of this, you need to make sure that your line markings are protected from the elements. For example, it’s a good idea for parking lots to be under some sort of shelter. Not only will this protect the markings from the sun, it will also offer extra sun protection for the parked cars.
When it comes to moisture, it’s best to install a drainage system that will prevent the water from pooling on the bitumen. If you’re managing an indoor parking garage, you can also consider epoxy flooring. Epoxy flooring offers water resistance and will help your line markings stand out even more.
- Look for signs of wear
No matter how well you prepare your floor, the line markings will eventually succumb to daily wear and tear. You need to be vigilant and schedule time for inspection. You need to regularly look for signs of damage so that you can act before the issue gets worse.
If you see the paint starting to fade or peel, the lines must be repainted. If you allow line markings to remain in poor condition for a long time, it could cause traffic confusion, increasing the chances of an accident.
- Train your team
If you work with a team, you need to make sure that your colleagues understand the points we have discussed above.
Additionally, if your business manages a fleet of vehicles, you need to let your drivers know of the importance of line markings and how they can do their part to maintain them. For example, when they’re driving on your lot, they should avoid accelerating and braking abruptly. These actions can easily damage the markings.
Keep your line markings clear so that everyone onsite can effectively navigate. Doing so will not only keep people safe, but it will also go a long way in improving the reputation of your business. If you need help, we recommend contacting a local line marking specialist in your area.