Industrial Floor Striping
Retail Store Painting offers the 3 most common systems available for Industrial Floor Striping & markings in warehouses and Industrial manufacturing facilities:
Temporary lines would be standard yellow traffic paint. These could last a reasonable amount of time, depending upon how much the lift truck operators drive over or drag & drop product on them. To get the greatest cost savings, the edges are not taped and the lines are simply sprayed onto the floor. The downside of a non-taped line is that there are no crisp edges on the line, and a long line, say over 75 feet, will have some unevenness to it.
Semi-permanent lines would be high-gloss alkyds or epoxy paint. These last a good amount of time, and again it depends entirely upon the lift truck operators as to how long they will last. Warehouse markings done with high gloss alkyds last around 4 – 5 years. You can go one step further and have the lines sealed with a clear urethane to extend their life, which is an inexpensive way to prolong the life by roughly 50%.
Permanent lines would involve shot-blasting the floor first where the lines are to go. Shot-blasting is a method of preparation where small steel balls (shot) are propelled at the floor to strip off the top 8 – 12 mils of concrete, thus giving the floor a clean and roughened surface for the epoxy to bond to securely. The machine has a recycling vacuum system, so there is no dust or mess created. Additionally, an operator with a wheeled magnet captures any shot that has gone awry.
The blasted areas are sealed first with a clear epoxy then painted with safety yellow urethane. The urethane will permanently bond with the epoxy making it extremely difficult to scrape off, but always remember that it is paint, so if you drag anything with a rough base over it, you will get scratches. Anything you do that can gouge or scrape the concrete can damage the lines. Spot repairs can be performed, if need be.