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Old 09-18-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Anyone on Paint Talk do parking lot paint stripping?

I have a possible opportunity. I would really like to hear the pro's and con's of the niche.

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Stripping or striping?Or both?
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Stripping in a parking lot sounds cool but might be illegal.
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I dont know if "We Do Lines" Is still an active member here, but he was a rockstar in the industry it seemed.
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I have found a new business to try!! haaahahaa
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Don't quite your day job!!QUOTE=mudbone;343457]Use bare paints![/QUOTE]
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we use a profiler to strip the old lines, just depends what surface though can you give more info?
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99 % of the time it will be re-striping of existing asphalt parking lots.
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we use a profiler to strip the old lines, just depends what surface though can you give more info?
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well for example if we had a carpark with 75 odd parks that were stuffed on the first day we profile all of the old lines (the profiler is just a machine you push along with a grinding wheel attached and you can get different width stones for different width lines if you dont already know what one is), once thats done go through and mark out the carpark, all the crossings, start finish of all the lines etc... then thats usually day over. 2nd day come back to mark the lines with the linemarker, someone will go ahead with a blower to get rid of as much dust as possible. for crossings we will run the edge of the painted area with the linemarker then use a board top and bottom and free hand the center and would be done by lunch.

overall i think its a fairly easy process as long as you've got somewhere to measure off to keep the lines square and straight, i find measuring out the most time consuming part. when we first started out we used a chalk line to mark the lines so we had something follow for the linemarker but now with some experience only need to mark the start and finish. only other gripe i have is if the car park is not shut down its hard to work around traffic eg re-directing them because usually they'll see the witchs hats and think its a race track

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we use a profiler to strip the old lines, just depends what surface though can you give more info?
We call those wheel abraders, and only use them if we are permanently removing a sign or parking stripe. Otherwise on an existing re-striping, we will either have a street sweeper come in, or blower and broom. Typically, we'll apply as much of the WB traffic paint as possible with a gas powered line striper.

Caveat: Most of our re-striping is in an industrial environment and requires attention roughly every two years. It's mostly for utility rather then aesthetics, and our less then perfect lines reflect that.
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Striping is fairly low margin but is very easy to do with the right equipment and especially if you are going over existing lines. Laying out a brand new parking lot on the other hand is a bit more complicated. Most property managers want to maximize their parking spaces. We have two stripers and we do a fair number of parking garages and parking lots with striping as a small part of the much larger package of painting the garage walls and floors. If you do striping you should be prepared to do curbing as well.
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We call those wheel abraders, and only use them if we are permanently removing a sign or parking stripe. Otherwise on an existing re-striping, we will either have a street sweeper come in, or blower and broom. Typically, we'll apply as much of the WB traffic paint as possible with a gas powered line striper.

Caveat: Most of our re-striping is in an industrial environment and requires attention roughly every two years. It's mostly for utility rather then aesthetics, and our less then perfect lines reflect that.

have never seen a gas powered machine be interesting to see, we've just got the hydraulic pump wagner line striper. usually depends what the customer wants done and what there budget is, it's not very often we profile the exisiting lines thats worst case scenario. most of the time if its existing they just want a quick redo so we just go over whats already there after we give it a quick clean
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I did traffic markings for years mostly parking lots and garages. Restripes and new layouts. I did very well at it and gave that business to my son when I opened my airless repair shop. My son still has it and usually does around $150,000 net. with 3 guys in a seasonal business is not to hard to take
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