How to Paint Parking Spaces

by Ryan Carter - Updated September 26, 2017
Design and layout each parking space before painting.

Parking spaces are specifically designated areas for individuals to park their vehicles. Consisting of three lines, one at the top, left and right, a parking space indicates where the vehicle should be parked. Parking spaces create order within the parking lot. With the right tools, painting parking space lines is a relatively easy process, albeit a time-consuming one.

Draw a scaled down mock-up of the parking lot using a pencil and piece of paper. Design the layout of the parking spaces to achieve your specific goals, such as fitting the most parking spaces into the allotted space.

Clear the lot of debris using a gas blower and push broom.

Use your mock-up as a guide to mark the intended parking space lines at the beginning and end of each line with a piece of chalk. Use a tape measure while making the marks for each line to make sure each parking spot is of the desired depth and width.

Use a chalk-line to outline each parking space by joining the chalk marks you drew earlier. A chalk-line will leave a very narrow line which can be painted over.

Fill a parking lot striper with industrial parking lot paint.

Paint over the outline of each parking space using the parking lot striper.

Touch up any area you deem necessary using a 4-inch paint brush and follow the manufacturer’s directions for drying time.


  • Use a different color, normally blue, when painting parking spaces designated for handicapped people.

    Clean the parking lot striper thoroughly and allow to dry before switching paint colors.

About the Author

Ryan Carter began writing in 1996. He has created content for television, radio and online publications. Carter holds an Associate of Arts in psychology from Delta College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Saginaw Valley State University.

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