If your a property owner or manager, you may want to consider getting your curbs painted. After all, this is a fairly inexpensive way to add a ton of curb appeal to your property. Many of our customers use curb painting to add some last minute appeal to their properties before a big event starts or visiting executives come into town. Whether you plan on doing this in house or hiring a professional, consider these basic do’ s or don’ts for curb painting.
Do’ s & Don’t s of Curb Striping
Do: Always prep your curbs before painting. If they look pretty good with little to no flaking, then go ahead and just hose them off with a garden hose or pressure washer. At the bare minimum, take a broom and sweep them well. This helps insure the bond between the paint and the curb. If the curbs are showing medium to heavy wear then consider scraping those areas till no more paint flakes off. If the paint continues to come off during the scraping process then you may want to have them sandblasted. When paint is already flaking from curbs and you add a coat of fresh paint to them the drying process often causes the old paint to peel and flake even more.
Don’t: Use the wrong paint over existing paint. Always be aware of what paint was used on the curbs before. Curbs should always be painted in a water based product. The reasons for this are based on two factors. First, is when you use an oil base paint, future striping contractors are more than likely to use the water based paint. Once water based paint goes over oil base paint the chances of paint failure skyrocket. When in doubt, do a small test area.
Do: Consider using high end paints on curbs, however be aware of the increased cost, increased dry times and increased technicalities.
Don’t: Forget when considering a enamel based paint for curbs that these paints are slippery when dry and even more so when wet. If you do consider a enamel based paint then you should consider a non skid additive thrown on the top part of the curb for a non skid finish. Though this process can be expensive, the cost involved doesn’t come close to comparing to the cost of a lawsuit. Trust me on this as I’ve served as an expert witness on several cases of curb painting related slip and falls, and it rarely ends well for the property owner/ manager.
Do: Use signs, barricades, string and ribbon on EVERY FOOT of freshly painted curb at your facility. This is the one I can’t recommend enough. Don’t count on common sense because often it is not there. In the last twenty years of working in this industry, I have seen at least a hundred times where people will walk up to you and ask “hey what ya doing?” then proceed to walk through your wet paint never being aware of what they just did. Its not that they are completely clueless as much as the information doesn’t process fast enough to stop them. Some are completely clueless.
Don’t: Be afraid to warn people about a wet paint even if you feel that they are aware. People don’t mind the reminder, just don’t be rude about it. Saying something like ” Sir, this red paint is still wet so please be careful near it” should be enough to get across the message. In California with our diverse population, we have learned to say Wet paint in 15 different languages . Just kidding! However, visual cues can help when there is a language barrier. Like pointing to the sign or fresh curb painting.
Do: Call a professional if your having any reservations about painting your own curbs.
Don’t: Be afraid to try painting curbs if you feel it will save you some money or just like having the control of the project in house. Consult with a paint rep and take proper cautions around the general public.
If you have any curb painting projects that you need a proposal for or any questions that you need answered, please feel free to contact us here.