Chris Hopkirk

Director of Westbrook Industrial Limited supplier of labelling and safety solutions via two sales channels ASG Services (End Users) and Warehouse Partners (Trade only)

Internal Line Marking – What’s the right preparation?

When it comes to choosing the right internal line marking solution many customers are bewildered and bemused at the information they get. To start with the key elements that impact on the choice of line marking are:
• Money
• Time
• Disruption to operation
• Durability

However it still is not as simple as that and a lot of the time customers have to make a compromise between these elements. For instance sometime it is just too busy for you to wait for the materials to cure. The compromise may be the speed of completing the job versus the durability of the solution.

There is no right or wrong way but unless you have all the information you cannot make an informed decision. The key is for the supplier to provide the customer with the options available and the only way to do that is answer and prompt the many questions that are asked. i.e.

1. How long will it last?
2. Will it smell?
3. What paint do you use?
4. Will it affect food?
5. How much will it cost?
6. Will I be able to move it later?
7. How long will it take to cure?

Types of line marking preparation:

To the customer, it is just painting a line, almost like it is done on the road. Where internal line marking is concerned you need to consider first what type of preparation is going to be suitable for your operation and budget as well as what the condition of the floor is like.

Types of Preparations:
• Unprepared
• Acid Etching
• Scabbling
• Floor grinding
• Vacuum shot blasting
• Diamond Shaving

Click here to read our simple guide to internal line marking systems

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