When you operate a warehouse, ensuring that the markings on its concrete floor are visible is vital for managing the flow of work as well as showing areas where workers need to use caution. If you have noticed a few areas where the markings' paint has faded, you may decide to touch them up. However, before you start applying the paint, be aware of a couple of mistakes that you need to avoid making while performing the task.
1. Neglecting to Properly Prepare the Concrete Before You Start Painting
One mistake you should avoid making when touching up warehouse floor markings is neglecting to properly prepare the concrete before you even start applying the paint. Since the old paint is already present, you may feel that the new coat will easily stick to the surface.
However, if you apply a coat over the existing layer or do not first create a smooth surface on which the paint will stick, the new paint will not last long. It will start to peel, requiring that the job be repeated sooner than later.
To prepare the surface, you can use a shot blaster to remove the old paint as well as smooth out any grit and rough spots on the concrete's surface. However, if you find cracks or chips, you may need a contractor to repair the damage beforehand to avoid causing even more from the high pressure of the blaster.
2. Choosing the Wrong Type of Paint for the Markings
Once you have properly prepared the surface, you may be ready to go ahead and start applying the paint. If you have some paint in your storage room that is the right color for the area, you may decide just to use it for the markings.
However, if you use the wrong type of paint, it will not last under the stress of everyday use. Latex or even oil paint will not stick to concrete for very long, especially with the weight of equipment rolling over it.
For longer-lasting markings, opt for epoxy-based paint. Not only will it bind with the concrete's surface, but it will also be able to withstand constantly being walked on and driven over by lifts.
When you avoid making the above mistakes while touching up the markings, you will find that the paint will last longer. However, if you do find that you are still constantly retouching the paints to keep them visible, you may need to have a professional redo them for you. Contact a contractor who offers commercial warehouse striping services to discuss your options for having them do the job.