Tips for Choosing Line Marking Paint and Stencils
When you need to mark lines or signs on any type of surface, you need to use the right stencils and take your time to find the right type of paint. Traffic over the lines can cause paint to peel away, and weather conditions can cause it to fade. You also want to ensure that the lines and markings are easily visible against their background. Note a few tips for choosing line marking paint and stencils for any lines or signs you need to have on your property or in a public area.
1. Type of paint
Most line marking paints will be epoxy, acrylic, or a rubber base. Each has their own pros and cons, so you’ll need to choose according to where the paint will be applied and used. Epoxy is usually considered strongest and resists fading in direct sunlight as well as damage done by chemicals. It can be the right choice for marking around a pool, where the chemicals from pool water can fade other paints. Epoxy may also have the highest adherence, so it can be used on smooth surfaces that might not otherwise hold paint, such as smooth concrete.
Acrylic- and rubber-based paints are usually less expensive than epoxy paints, and this may be a consideration for very large jobs such as marking lines in a parking lot. These are usually easily cleaned with water, although they usually fade faster than epoxy paints and will need to be reapplied more often.
You may not think much of the colors of the paints you use, but consider how difficult it will be to see white lines against a grey concrete background. Yellow can often be better, and note that some colors are associated with traffic direction. Yellow can be seen as a caution or direction, blue is often reserved for handicapped areas or areas that need special attention, and red lines typically mean an area to avoid. When choosing colors, also note if they need to be reflective for areas that are used at night. Have some reflective aggregate added if necessary, so the colors stand out even when the lighting is dimmed.
One of the most important things you can do before buying stencils for your sign marking is to measure the area to be marked. A stencil that is too big will overlap the area and one that is too small will not be readily seen. Don’t just “eyeball” the area, but take an actual measurement and note how big the stencil should be for the space. If the stencil will be used repeatedly, invest in PVC or aluminum stencils rather than cardboard, as the cardboard may be cheaper but may tend to bend and fold and absorb paint. Contact a professional distributor like A1 Roadlines Pty. Ltd to see what stencil options they have available.