How Long Does Warehouse Line Striping Take to Dry?

Warehouse line striping is the process of applying all of the necessary lines, directional guides, and safety indicators directly to the floor of your warehouse. These lines may be necessary to provide guidelines for employees or machinery, meet OSHA requirements, define spaces, and more. A new striping application provides lines that are bright, easy to see, and professional looking.

Line striping is often done as part of a larger flooring project, but can also be a standalone project to refresh existing lines or add new lines. A challenge with any commercial flooring project in Denver is that it requires temporarily stopping operations in your facility while the lines dry. These are some of the factors that influence the curing time of line striping to help you anticipate how this project may interrupt your business operations.

Drying Times for Materials Used for Warehouse Line Striping

After line striping materials such as epoxy, polyurethane, or acrylic are applied, they need to completely cure before there is any traffic on them as this can cause lasting visual damage or reduce the lifespan of new lines. Your floor striping contractor in Denver will share with you the specifics of your project, but these are some initial factors to consider when planning a install or renovation of your warehouse floor and striping:

  • Temperature – Higher temperatures cause almost everything to dry faster. Between 60 and 80 degrees is often the best temperature for line striping. Unless you have climate control in your warehouses, this may mean that it is best to schedule line striping projects in Denver in spring, summer, or fall when the average temperatures are higher. Cooler floor surface temperatures will mean longer drying times.
  • Moisture – Fortunately, humidity is not really a concern during the drying process here in Denver. However, if there are any leaks in your existing concrete floor, ground moisture could be released through the floor and into the space beneath line striping. This significantly increases drying time and can be damaging to the striping, but it is something your contractor should repair before beginning the job.
  • Air Circulation – Once stripping dries, the water content in the acrylic or epoxy will evaporate into the air. This increases the humidity of the room, making air circulation important to continue to control humidity and maintain a consistent drying time.
  • Number of Coats – Depending on the underlying surface and the desired brightness of your warehouse striping, your flooring contractor will often use two coats of epoxy for line striping. This creates an attractive floor, but additional coats do extend drying time.

Depending on these various factors, the average drying time for epoxy, acrylic, or polyurethane is 2 to 4 hours to feel dry to the touch and 6 to 8 hours before you can begin walking over line striping. Vehicle traffic over newly painted lines can often begin 2 days after the project is completed.

Colorado Concrete Repair understands how important it is to have any concrete jobs in your warehouse or facility completed quickly so you can get back to work. In addition to having an expert team that will get the job done fast, we can work with you to determine the best time for line striping at your business. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities.