How to Paint Parking Spaces


Parking spaces are specifically designated areas for individuals to park their vehicles. Consisting of three lines, one at the top, left and right, a parking space indicates where the vehicle should be parked. Parking spaces create order within the parking lot. With the right tools, painting parking space lines is a relatively easy process, albeit a time-consuming one.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Gas blower
  • Push broom
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Chalk-line
  • Parking lot striper
  • Industrial parking lot paint
  • 4-inch wide paint brush
  • Draw a scaled down mock-up of the parking lot using a pencil and piece of paper. Design the layout of the parking spaces to achieve your specific goals, such as fitting the most parking spaces into the allotted space.

  • Clear the lot of debris using a gas blower and push broom.

  • Use your mock-up as a guide to mark the intended parking space lines at the beginning and end of each line with a piece of chalk. Use a tape measure while making the marks for each line to make sure each parking spot is of the desired depth and width.

  • Use a chalk-line to outline each parking space by joining the chalk marks you drew earlier. A chalk-line will leave a very narrow line which can be painted over.

  • Fill a parking lot striper with industrial parking lot paint.

  • Paint over the outline of each parking space using the parking lot striper.

  • Touch up any area you deem necessary using a 4-inch paint brush and follow the manufacturer's directions for drying time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a different color, normally blue, when painting parking spaces designated for handicapped people.
  • Clean the parking lot striper thoroughly and allow to dry before switching paint colors.

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