Road Marking

Road Marking Made Easy

Road marking makes designated areas easier to spotRoad marking might seem like a complicated task, but it really isn't. Not only can you do the work yourself, you can create a clean-lined, professional-looking parking lot.

You'll create a positive customer experience from the time they pull into your lot until the time they are back on the road.

You may be able to fit more customers into your lot and will create excellent curb appeal.

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 elements. Design traffic area road marking with our concrete stencils, creating smooth, clean lines. For larger jobs, consider a parking lot striper. This machine saves time, can be operated by one person and can be used on many different surfaces. Take a look at our comparison page to help you understand what each type of line striper can do.

Paint Options

Use water based paints in light traffic areas. They are less durable and that is reflected in the price. Use water based paint for areas where you schedule annual lot maintenance. Parking lots, fire lanes and curbs can be painted with water based paint.

Road marking with oil based paint creates a long-lasting, durable result. Take note, though, that applying oil based paint over existing water based paint may affect adherence.

For small projects or to highlight a handicapped area, aerosol paints are an excellent choice. Use aerosol paints for temporary field striping. AK's commercial grade aerosol paints contain 50% more pigment and get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Apply paint at temperatures of 60 degrees or warmer, with no precipitation predicted for at least 24 hours.

Lot Layout Tips

Road marking your parking lotsDetermine how your parking lot can accommodate your customers, delivery and pick-up services. Coordinate road marking with federal and state guidelines, handicapped parking, walking areas and traffic flow.

You may want standard single-line parking stalls or more roomy parking with double-line stalls. Angled parking makes backing out easier for your customers, lessening the chance of accidents.

You can use paint to add a decorative touch with rounded edges to create curb appeal. Your customers will notice your attention to detail.

Paint And Safety

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.

Color regulations and guidelines may affect your road marking color selection.

Perhaps you are a business owner, property owner, apartment building owner or a condo owner that will be designing and painting your parking lot. You may have a side business in athletic field stripers.

Whatever the case may be, select marking paint according to current ordinances.

Surface Preparation

Add to the life of your parking lot and keep your business professional-looking. This means repairing and sealing your lot surface.

Repair cracks with our AK Cold or Hot Pour Filler. Unrepaired cracks will erode your parking lot, creating a safety hazard and long-term expense. Cracks distort and damage road marking paint.

Clean your parking surface. Grease and oil affect adherence and our AK Universal Cleanser Degreaser is biodegradable.

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

Learn Today

Learn everything you need to know about striping lines 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.