How I Stripe a Parking Lot… 24 Years… By Myself…
…laying out a curved parking lot? Ignore all formulas. This isn’t a perfect world. Where does the arc begin? Where does it end? How many stalls are “in the arc”? Measure along the “top” of the stalls. Divide for the proper number of stalls. Measure along the “bottom”. Divide again. Stand back and look at it. Is it pretty? Is it functional? “Snap it”. Stripe it. Go home.
Laying out and pricing a parking lot stencil isn’t a matter of paint volumes… it’s a matter of time. And…it’s not just the time it takes to walk from one STOP Bar to another. We don’t just throw stencils down and spray. We layout each one … that way all of them are lined up, pretty and straight.
Remember to paint “gores” in a certain order… = you’ll never cross wet paint and never wait for paint to dry.
I know my conventional line striping machine is heavier than my airless line striping machine… especially when I’m using glass beads…but I still like it. It got me started. It’s easy to work on and creates no waste. My airless creates 2 gallons of waste every time I clean it. ( So I don’t ! ) Did I mention the cost of Mineral Spirits or Xylene? And…what do you do with the waste? I re-use it ! Bottom line… I love my airless. It’s not for sale. When I buy another…I’ll buy another Airless.
About This Book
My name is Dan Zurcher and I own American Striping. I’ve been striping parking lots for 24 years and I’ve accomplished most of it alone. Parking lots with 50 cars…shopping centers with 1000 cars, schools with playgrounds, small airports, 60,000′ indoors. So now?…I wrote this book.
I’ll save you time. I’ll save you trial and error. And I’ll tell you everything. From…what to wear… to…what small tools to carry…and why. (And their costs.)
I’ll explain the only (3) jobs in striping…
the Re-stripe to Existing Layout and Pattern…
the Re-stripe to Existing Layout and Pattern Over Seal Coat…
and… the New Layout.
By the time we get to the New Layout…I’ll mention (1) difference…and you’ll say to yourself…”I know what he’s going to do”. Then…I’ll tell you in what order…exactly what to do…for each job…and exactly how…so that you save steps, time…and…!…I want you to stripe a “pretty” job.
I’ll explain and teach you how to layout a “head-in” parking lot…angled parking…parallel parking…and stalls on a curve.
I share how to stencil a parking lot, quickly, so that everything is lined up, pretty and straight, including “drive lane” directional arrows…even if they’re 243′ apart.
Let’s not forget small intersections. I’ll even tell you how to “block them down”.
You’ll also need to know how to stripe playground games…I’ll tell you that too. (And their pricing.)
I’m not finished…if you’re interested in one of the “best start up businesses” or if you’re interested in expanding your existing business…you’ll need to know “start up” costs…$4000.00 or less…most of that is machine cost = $2000.00 to $3500.00.
And…since I’ve owned both types of “parking lot line striping machines”… the $3500.00 types…not the $75.00 kind…and…you only need to buy one…I compare them.
The conventional line striping machine vs. the airless line striping machine. I use both…for 16 years and 20 years respectively. You might be surprised at what I say in this section. But it’ll help you pick a machine. I also compare their glass bead dispensers…to mine…and…how to spray curbs and curves with each machine…because I’ve done it…countless times with both machines.
Beyond start up costs…you’ll need to know pricing and profit. I give a break down in the book; Time Involved…Pricing…Paint Costs…and Profit. I give prices per foot…for lines and curb. I also include pricing for parking lot stencils and why they’re sometimes expensive. I’ll also figure profits. An average $400.00 to $600.00 job would take me 3-4 hours and paint would cost $90.00. I made 30K in my 3rd Summer. I made 60K in my 4th Summer. I took that Winter off.
I’m still not finished. I give advice on trucks…trailers…paint types…where to get your first job…where to store your equipment…and why. There’s also a final exam.
If you’re looking for a great start up business…easy to run…easy to maintain…limited competition…repeat business…almost economy proof…then this book is a must…why?
…because I want you to know everything.
I want to save you time. I want to save you trial and error. I want you to do well and I want you to get home.
I wish I had this book when I started.
Paperback. 102 pages. How I Stripe a Parking Lot…24 Years…By Myself.