A line striping machine and some paint may be all that is required to paint straight functional lines fast, easily, and without breaking the bank.
However, before you begin line striping, you must understand that there are rules and regulations as well as good practices you must follow.
Here is a general overview of the most important considerations you must have at your fingertips to stripe lines the right way.
Line Striping Planning – Layout plan, types of lines, and surface types
There are three types of stripes: new layout stripes, restripes, and resurfaced restripes. Typically, parking stripes measure 4 inches wide and are between 15 and 18 feet long. Professional line striping companies plan the layout for which three types of lines are needed and then determine the edges of each layout before striping begins.
There is an old saying in the field of carpentry that is just as important for line striping, “measure twice, cut once”. This old saying highlights the importance of careful planning before you begin your line striping project.
Line Striping Paint – Selecting the right paint
Your choice of paint largely determines the quality of line striping. To select the right type of paint, you should be familiar with the types of paint you can use as well as the suitability of each type. There are generally two types of line striping paint:
1. Oil-based Alykd paint which is used for restripes and for new layouts.
2. Latex paint that is commonly used for resurfaced lots although it serves just fine when used for new layouts and restriping.
While striping lines, a new line requires two coats that are 15 mils thick. The first coat seals the asphalt while the second coat is applied to get the millage once the initial coat is dried.
Line Striping Measurements – Determining the type of parking stalls
There are three general types of parking stalls: straight in parking angled at 90 degrees, angled parking that can be 45 or 60 degrees, and parallel parking stalls that are angled at 90 degrees but are parallel to a border with perpendicular lines.
Typical stalls need a minimum of 22 feet aisles between stalls although 24 feet is recommended. For angle parking, a minimum of 16 feet aisle is required between stalls while a minimum of 12 feet aisle is required for one-way parallel parking and 22 feet for two-way traffic parallel parking.
The sizes of the stalls depend on their intended use. Typical parking stalls measure 9 by 18 feet although this may vary depending on the zoning regulations of your city.
The handicap stalls measure a minimum of 8 feet with an access way that is at least 5 feet wide. Also, for this type of stall, different cities have different requirements that must be followed. The compact stalls measure 7.5 by 15 feet or 8.5 by 16 feet subject to city guidelines. Take the time to check your municipality’s guidelines before you install your handicapped striping.
Line Striping Execution – Planning for the elements and meeting ADA requirements
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in July 1990 and became effective in July 1992. Section 4.6 of the act specifies the minimum number of disabled accessible spaces as well as the minimum measurements and signage requirements for line striping projects.
To stripe lines the right way, you must leave ADA van space at the end row with upright signage on the pavement as well as the surface. The overhangs must be a minimum of two feet although 3 feet is the optimum and there must be reasonable variances where there are sidewalks, curbs, and signage.
Line Striping Obstacles – Verifying curbs, wheel stops, and bollards
It is very important that you verify the lot layout before you begin line striping to avoid making costly mistakes. In most cases, initial dimensions may be off when you get to the end, and this can be very costly if proper planning is not done.
This is why it is recommended that you measure twice and verify before striping (measure twice, cut once). The curbs, bollards, and wheel stops must be marked before striping and all the wheel stops properly striped if not yet installed.
Professional Line Striping
Do you have a parking lot that needs a stripe refresh? Or perhaps a new parking lot needing a striping plan? Give us a call, 732-886-1940. We are line striping experts and we will get you parking lot properly striped and looking great.