Striping paints come in several different colors like white, yellow, red, blue, green, and more. Certain markings require their own signature color such as; white or yellow for parking spaces, blue for handicap spaces and red for fire lanes. The paint we use for asphalt striping is professional grade traffic paint. This type of paint is designed to adhere to asphalt and withstand weather and being driven over repeatedly. Any other kind of household or spray paint would fade within a few months and leave your parking lot blank and dangerous for your visitors.
Another kind of “paint” we use is molten thermoplastic road paint. It starts off as a powder that gets heated until it melts; at that point it is sprayed onto the road surface. It cools and hardens in a few minutes and then is ready to be driven on. Reflective glass beads are added to molten thermoplastic paint to give it a texture so it won’t be slippery in wet weather. The glass beads also reflect light at night making it easier to see road lanes and markings.
Check your asphalt striping and markers annually for fading even though they should last for 2 to 3 years. Their longevity really depends on the amount of traffic it has to handle and elements of weather. If you feel you need a re-striping; try to do so in the spring. Asphalt can take a hard hit in the winter so re-striping, patching, and seal coating are recommended for springtime.