How to Paint Parking Lot Lines

by Carole Ellis; Updated September 26, 2017

If your business has an unmarked parking lot, you may not be making the most efficient use of the space. Painting parking lot lines on your lot will help people know where to park and where not to. You can quickly make your office look much more professional by painting parking lot lines in your parking lot.

Use the gas-powered blower to clear all debris from your parking lot. You do not want leaves, sticks or rocks in the way while you are painting.

Wash down the asphalt or concrete. Use the garden hose to rinse away any dirt left on the area. Use high pressure to wash away as much dirt as you can. The asphalt needs to be dry before you move on.

Mark your spots. You want the lines to be as straight and parallel as possible. Use the chalk and the measuring tape to mark the beginning and the end of each line. Make sure each space is at least eight feet wide to give the cars plenty of room. Each line should be the same length; the standard is about ten feet.

Paint your lines. A parking lot striper is much like a paint roller on a long handle. It is dipped in a pan just like a roller. It can only paint straight lines, so all you have to do is paint from one chalk mark to the next. Use plenty of paint but not so much that your line is blobby.

Let the paint dry. Touch up any light spots with a paintbrush. The paint can take up to 24 hours to dry in high humidity. Do not drive over the paint until it is completely dry.

Tips

  • Many people opt to seal their asphalt to protect their parking lot lines. Asphalt or concrete sealer can be painted or sprayed on, depending on the type of sealer you use.

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