Marking Paint

The Right Kind of Marking Paint

Get durable marking paint for your line painting needs.Let's face it, the last thing you need is applying paint to your parking lot, only to have it fade or peel sooner than it should.

This affects your customer's experience and your bottom line. Using paint to clearly mark traffic areas for your customers is what it's all about.

Your customers will notice. You'll notice, and how you present yourself and your business will keep your current customers returning and new customers coming.

You can learn how to paint lines on your parking surface and calculate costs with our paint calculator.

These tools will help you learn about marking paint and its properties. Delineate traffic areas with our concrete stencil to create smooth, clean lines. For larger jobs, consider a parking lot striper. This machine is a time saver and can be used on many different surfaces. Check out our comparison page to help you understand what each type of line striper can do.

Paint Choices

Water based paints are used for light traffic areas. They have less durability and will fit your needs if you plan annual lot maintenance, reflecting its low cost. Parking lots, fire lanes and curbs are painted with this type of paint.

Oil based marking paint is more durable than water based paint. Oil based paint cannot be applied over water based paint because the oil based paint will not adhere to the water based painted surface.

If you have small projects or want to highlight a handicapped area, aerosol paints are an excellent option. Also used for temporary field striping marking, AK's aerosol paints are commercial grade, containing 50% more pigment.

Parking Lot Layout Options

Consider if you want standard single-line parking stalls or more roomy parking with double-line stalls. Angled parking makes backing out easier, lessening the chance of accidents.

You can use marking paint to add rounded, finished edges to your parking area, matching the elegance of your upscale establishment.

Plan your parking lot for your customers, delivery and pick-up services. Coordinate federal and state guidelines, handicapped parking, walking areas and traffic flow.

Paint Selection

Use the correct color marking paint for designated areas.Federal and state guidelines protect you and your customers. Safety guidelines will help ensure you are following protocol and designating areas according to your location. This may affect your paint color choices.

Perhaps you are a business owner, property owner, apartment building owner or a condo owner. You might have to make decisions regarding your parking lot and marking paint. You may have a side business in athletic field stripers. Whatever the case may be, select your paint according to current ordinances and guidelines.

Surface Preparation Tips Add to the life of your parking lot and create a professional-looking parking area for your business. This means repairing and sealing your lot surface.

Repair cracks with our AK Cold or Hot Pour Crack Filler. Unrepaired cracks will continue to erode your parking lot, creating a safety hazard and long-term expense.

Clean the surface of your lot. Grease, oil, dirt and debris will affect sealant adherence and will also affect your marking paint adherence. Our asphalt degreaser is biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Apply sealant to protect your parking surface. This application adds a professional, finished touch to your parking lot and helps extend the life of your parking area.

Learn More

Learn everything that you need to know about painting lines on your surface with our Parking Lot Striping Course.

If you'd like some free no-pressure advice from one of our experienced experts, phone us at 1-866-444-5231 or send us your questions by email. We're here to help you get exactly what you need to get the job done right.