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How to Stripe the Perfect Line

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

How to stripe the perfect 4-inch line is a question I know every striper has googled at one point. For the ones that haven't it's apparent that you need to spend thousands of dollars on a top-of-the-line striping machine and BOOM, you have a perfect line. If you think that is all it takes, you might want to keep your receipt so you can get your money back. There are a lot of parking lot striping companies near me, and they all will agree.

Now that I have talked shit, I better back it up, so what does it take to make a perfect line. Well, there isn't just one answer to this question or everyone that striped would have a perfect line. Anyone that has been striping for a few years knows not everyone has a perfect line…. Like not even close. Making a perfect line starts with having experience on your machine. Until you have at least striped over 1000 lines, you don't know your striping machine yet. What is there to figure out? Its just wheels air and paint! You have to know the little things about your striping machine like what pressure lays the best line. Does my machine coast one way or the other? Am I using the correct tip? What kind of paint works best for my striping machine? The type of paint you use can make a huge difference. I have used water-based, oil-based, alkyd, chlorinated rubber, latex, blah blah blah. Through my experience, I noticed that each paint reacts differently to my striping machine. If you are willing to spend more on a perfect line, I suggest trying out many paints and how much to thin them if needed. If you are new, figure out your machine, and after years you will begin to see that line improves as you start to develop. Let me know if you have any suggestions I am continuously learning in this industry.

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