The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping
The Fine Art of Safety Line Striping

Have a look around. Many places trafficked by people every day have safety line striping. Parking lots, roads, schools, stadiums, stairwells — they all have them in some form or another. But safety lines are probably most common in industrial and commercial facilities, places where machinery, vehicles and pedestrians need to flow in proper traffic lanes. They could be anything from lines and lettering to hash marks or chevrons in high traffic areas, and can be applied in multiple colors if necessary.

Fine Art

We like to call Safety Line Striping a "fine art" because it can really enhanced a facility's appearance and atmosphere. Amongst other things, it can make the space an organized and safe, as well as adding form or definition to undefined areas.

Also worth noting: this type of line is our most expensive and permanent. You can save money if you go with a less permanent type of line, something spray-down without aggressive preparation like diamond grinding, as we do for clean and precise lines. When choosing permanent lines, you should be certain for the most part that you don't want to take them off or remove them, as the removable lines will leave a scar in the concrete surface due to the fact they must be removed with a diamond grinder.

Safety Lines for Commercial Facilities

We recently did some safety lines at one of our favorite commercial facilities in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Longtime Lakeside foreman Patrick Boyle recently oversaw this project from start to finish.

The area is a newly created loading dock; one that accommodates large flatbed trucks that must be back in. As expected, the safety lines were needed so that the drivers could properly align their trailers, making their loading processes much easier.

The commercial facility, like many of its kind, does a lot of business. So our customers asked us to work a plant shutdown, as this was the only time their docks are completely empty. We were happy to oblige, not just to get the safety lines laid down so that the business could get back up and running without a hiccup, but because it kept our painters safe.

For this facility, we were asked to apply a clean, crisp and precise line. So before applying the lines, we cleaned and used diamond grinders to grind the surface. (Diamond grinding allows the epoxy coating to more properly bond with the surface, creating a permanent or semi-permanent line.) We then masked the lines off with tape and apply the coating with rollers and/or by hand. This is an art that requires patience, skill and efficiency.

For other safety line jobs, we're asked to apply lines with an Airless Laser Striper, due to its popularity and cost-effectiveness. As great as this can be for some facilities, it can also leave a "slight, fuzzy edge," as well call it, with slightly variable width dimensions depending on the equipment's response to the floor's condition (bumps, pot holes, and so on).

How to keep your line looking great and lasting longer

Basically, it comes down to housekeeping. That means keeping the floor clean, which helps eliminate abrasives (dirt) from wearing away the surface of the coating, and training fork truck drivers and/or material handlers to lift instead of dragging pallets or anything across the stripes. Epoxy coatings have good abrasion resistance, however, dragging items over any coating will wear it away. Both of these tactics will significantly increase the life of the stripes.

To learn more about the process or to see videos from other projects, visit our Safety Aisle Striping Services page.

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