The lowdown on line marking

Line marking is an essential part of all kinds of warehouse and logistics applications, as well as groundworks, safety systems and storage solutions. Yet it is not as easy or as simple as it looks. While the best way to handle the job is to pass the project to an expert company such as Fastline Services, the following tips should help keep the work on track, on budget and looking good.

Weather report
Taking the weather into consideration is vital, particularly when marking lines at an outdoor location, such as a car park, sports pitch, running track or school playground. Too much rain or moisture in the air could prevent the paint from drying properly. Strong winds could also cause debris being blown onto the wet paint, while strong sunshine could lead to visibility issues and annoying shadows. Where possible, choose a calm, clement, dry day without too much strong sunlight.

Get rid of as many distractions and obstacles as you can before the project starts. Keep pedestrians and traffic well away from the area, especially unpredictable children and animals. Maintain this temporary ban throughout the line marking application and for as long as it takes to dry afterwards. If you are concerned about the delay costing you business or training time, there are several fast curing paints available that result in durable, attractive markings without the longer curing times.

Mark out the areas to be marked with a chalk string or masking tape, ensuring that you measure accurate spaces for pallets, car parking spaces, sports ground lines etc. very carefully. For extra reassurance and precision planning, you might like to draw a scale diagram on a piece of paper first. Make sure you know which colours are to be used for the different areas and zones, as well as the width and length of your lines and other markings. Finally, ensure that your calculations are correct when it comes to ordering the right amount of paint for the job.

Equipment exam
Make sure you are happy with the type of paint chosen, as well as your choice of tools, such as preparation machines, rollers or specialist spray equipment. There are multiple paint options available, including tough acrylics for external use, polyurethanes for internal applications and specialist paints for more sensitive areas, such as food preparation areas. Seek expert advice on the type of preparation required, such as epoxy resins, self-levelling products and floor cleaning fluids.

Safety first
Last but by no means least, the safety of everyone involved in the line marking project must be of paramount importance. Workers must be provided with the correct personal protection equipment and not spend too long in areas with inadequate ventilation. Signage to warn of wet paint will go a long way to prevent slips and injuries, while timely and comprehensive removal of all related waste and hazardous obstacles after the completion of the job will also keep those involved safe and injury-free.

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