Fresh parking lot striping can make your area safer and more attractive, so you should repaint all of your pavement markings periodically. Depending on various factors, your paint could last for two or three years, but it will seldom last much longer; routine wear, ultraviolet radiation, and automotive fluids can cause paint to chip, crack, fade, or peel. The drying time of your paint can be affected by the type of paint you choose, the age of the pavement, and the weather conditions at the time of application. Therefore, only your striping contractor can tell you how long you will need to close your parking lot to traffic, but the minimum is typically around an hour, and your contractor may specify a longer time.
How Does the Type of Parking Lot Striping Paint Affect Drying Time?
Professional contractors who offer a parking lot painting service have access to a number of different water-based and oil-based paints as well as thermoplastic markings. Water-based paints dry faster than their oil-based cousins, but your contractor may recommend the use of an additive to speed the drying of an oil-based paint. Thermoplastic markings and line striping are ready for traffic within just a few minutes, so they are worth considering if you have an urgent need to reopen your lot as soon as possible.
How Does the Age of the Pavement Impact the Drying Time of Parking Lot Paint?
A brand-new pavement will often absorb much of the paint, making your lot striping and markings appear thin and less vibrant. If your lot has never been striped, your contractor may need to apply more than one coat of paint, allowing each to dry sufficiently before the next coat is applied. Although it might seem that the solution would be to apply the paint in a single thick coat, this would lengthen the drying time substantially, and the paint might not cure properly.
How Does the Weather Affect the Drying Time of Parking Lot Striping Paint?
Just like asphalt sealcoating, parking lot paints are sensitive to the weather conditions. On a clear, hot day, paint will dry faster than on an overcast, cool day. The humidity level and wind speed can also impact drying time; on a day when the humidity is high and the wind is absent, the paint will take longer to dry than it would on a day with a light, consistent breeze and moderate humidity.
How Can I Predict When I Will Need to Repaint My Parking Lot?
The best way is to ask a dependable, trustworthy contractor to advise you. You will always need to repaint after asphalt sealcoating; sealcoats obliterate existing paint. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can observe your parking lot closely and frequently. Telltale signs that you should schedule your parking lot painting service soon include oil stains on your markings, cracked or flaking paint, and the loss of more than 25% of the paint’s original vibrancy. Alternatively, you can ask your contractor to check your paint when you request an asphalt crack repair.
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We offer the services that you need, including lot striping, thermoplastic markings and line striping, asphalt sealcoating, asphalt repairs, speed bump installations, asphalt paving, traffic signage, parking lot maintenance, and concrete bumpers. Asphalt Care Services is a family-owned paving company with almost three decades of industry experience, an impeccable reputation for high-quality work, and a strong commitment to customer service. Our prices are highly competitive, so allow us to provide you with a free quote. Simply submit our online request form, or send an email to [email protected]. If you prefer to phone, you can reach our Hobe Sound office at 772-888-2840, or you can call our Palm Beach office at 561-855-1336.