What Type Of Paint To Use For Parking Lot Striping?

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Striping pavement refers to marking off lanes, parking spots, and other components of a parking lot. These lines are integral in maintaining order in your parking lot. Whether you have just installed a brand new parking lot, or the lines have faded on an old parking lot, you need to pay careful attention to the type of pain you use to make the stripes. While some municipalities will regulate the type of paint you can use, when you do have a choice, you should weigh your options carefully. 

Oil-Based Paint

Oil-based paints are common in all sorts of applications from painting the walls of your home to painting lines on pavement in the parking lot. If you live in an area that has frequent sub-zero temperatures, you need a paint that can handle freezing temperatures. Water-based paints tend to break down when temperatures get close to freezing. 

Solvent-Based Paints

Solvent-based paints are a very common type of paint that works well in most applications. If you don't have special weather considerations or high-traffic areas that you have to attend to, then solvent-based paints should work just fine. For example, a solvent-based paint should work fine for painting the lines for parking stalls, but it might not be the right choice for painting areas that people will be driving over on a regular basis. 

Chlorinated Rubber Paints

A chlorinated-rubber paint makes an extremely durable paint that can stand up to a lot of wear. If you have tried other parking lot paints, but they don't seem to last very well in your parking lot, then you should consider using a different type of paint. The rubber in the paint creates a surface that can stand up to rough traffic and serious weather conditions. The main disadvantage of chlorinated rubber paints is that they tend to be very expensive. Thus, you may not be able to stripe all of your parking lot with it, but you may be able to use it to paint the areas of your parking lot that get the most traffic. 

If nothing else, what you should take away from this article is that using only one type of paint might not be the best approach to painting your parking lot. Instead, you should choose the type of paint you use based on the weather conditions around your area and the type of traffic each area of your parking lot will receive. Contact a business, such as Gann Asphalt & Concrete, for more information. 

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