Can Asphalt Striping Be Removed?
Asphalt contractors are frequently asked to remove existing pavement markings, including the stripes that delineate the individual parking stalls. Property managers may want to ensure that the new markings are well-defined and neat, but they also need to change the layout of their lot to comply with accessibility guidelines, provide additional parking spaces or improve the efficiency of the traffic flow. When it is time to remove the markings on asphalt pavement, contractors have several options from which to choose.
Can Asphalt Striping Be Removed?
When they are asked to remove painted markings from asphalt pavement, striping contractors base their decision on the size of the work area, the preferences of the customer and the overall condition of the pavement. Contractors can choose from any of the following methods or employ a combination of methods.
• Wire brushes are an effective way to scrub away paint on asphalt pavement, but this is a rather labor-intensive endeavor. Therefore, it is not the ideal method for large parking lots. However, it can be a great way to correct errors made by the previous contractor or the current contractor’s crew. For example, a stripe may be just a little too long, a traffic arrow may be blurry or a vehicle may have tracked wet paint onto an area that should be pristine. Wire brushes can also be an effective way to remove the paint surrounding an accessible parking space.
• There are chemical strippers that can be used to loosen or remove paint from pavement. Chemical strippers are not extremely popular; some have the potential to pose environmental hazards, and they can be difficult for inexperienced contractors to use effectively. However, a highly experienced, cautious asphalt contractor can manage chemical strippers safely and effectively when the situation warrants their use.
• One extremely popular method is called scarifying. A machine having a rotating drum fixed with numerous small cutters is guided along the stripes. The cutters remove a tiny depth of the pavement, taking the paint with it. Because the pavement will be left with a grooved or scarred surface where the stripes were removed, this method is not a perfect solution if the aesthetic appeal of the pavement is of critical importance.
• Water can be an effective way to remove paint from asphalt pavement if the water is under extremely high pressure. If the pressure is sufficient, water alone can often peel away the paint, but when baking soda is included in the stream, even better results can be achieved. Furthermore, the baking soda used is a non-hazardous, environmentally safe and water-soluble product that is identical to the soda used in food products.
• Another option is to leave the existing stripes alone and cover them with black paint. This may not be the prettiest solution, but it can be effective. However, the black paint will need to be re-applied periodically, so this option is often not the most cost-effective choice.
Driveway Sealing Call Frank is a commercial and driveway sealcoating contractor and we have been helping customers in Connecticut find the best solutions to their asphalt paving issues for over 20 years. In addition to parking lot striping, we offer driveway sealcoating, commercial sealcoating, infrared asphalt pothole repairs, asphalt crack repair, asphalt curbing, asphalt paving, asphalt patching, snow removal, concrete repair and asphalt maintenance. We are a highly respected company with an impeccable reputation. We handle commercial and residential jobs of all sizes, charge affordable rates and deliver quality results. If you would like a free quote, complete the online request form or call (203) 378-0080 or 1-800-DRIVEWAY.