The Best Way To Prepare Your Surface For Remarking

Having a high-quality surface is one of the most crucial steps in ensuring a safe and efficient area. It has been proven that it improves customer UX, saves costs, and reduced the risk of accidents. 

So how is this achievable?

With Winter in full swing, many facilities are taking the opportunity caused by the downtime to re-mark their surfaces. This results in a fresh, bright, and safe surface ready for a busier workforce. By doing this, you can expect excellent results.

But before any re-marking can take place, the surface needs to be prepared. Preparing a surface is just as important as the actual line marking job, and should be treated this way whilst doing so. Meon have compiled a step-by-step process to follow in order to ensure your surface is correctly prepped for brand new line markings:

1. Out with the old

Before anything else can be done, any old markings need to be removed. By marking over the top of old lines, you are just adding a new layer, resulting in an unsafe floor due to the trip hazard created. As well as this, the freshly laid markings will be gripping onto worn-out paint that is most likely covered in a layer of dirt. This will cause the markings to start fading/ 'snapping' off much sooner than expected.

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Instead, you want to completely remove any old line markings that are to be redone. There are three main ways of doing this, as highlighted in Meon's FAQ How to Remove Old Line Markingsbut the best method of line removal for facility surfacing is through shotblasting. Shotblasting removes old markings by spraying a 'shot' (very fine abrasive) at a very high pressure in a cycle onto the markings.

A machine recommended for this job is the Contec Line EX EP 230 V. This shotblaster is a leader in the line removal industry, as its innovative features allow for a quick, simple, and clean job. The system involves a vacuum, which cleans up the paint as it is 'sanded' off, leaving a completely clean, dustless surface behind it. The abrasive material is lifted as soon as it hits the surface and recycled in the machine's system, therefore leaving no shot behind whilst operating.

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The Contec shotblaster is specifically designed to get to hard-to-reach places, allowing the user to blast almost up to the wall, minimising handiwork and edging. This saves time and effort where a lot of the job would need to be done by hand. You can find out more about the Contec Shotblaster by calling 023 9220 0606.

2. Service the Surface

This is the perfect opportunity to repair any areas of the surface which have acquired damage. Damage can cause many problems for the facility, as it not only affects the look of the area but could result in possible accidents or incidents that may affect the efficiency of the entire workforce.

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Assuming your surface is concrete, it is important to use a high-quality concrete mortar to ensure a one-time repair job. The use of a poor quality repair system could mean you have created a 'weak spot' on the surface, which will be much more susceptible to damage in the future. 

Meon's HardMaster is a strong and easy-to-install concrete repair solution that will provide long lasting results, preventing any damage from reoccurring. HardMaster can be used indoors and outdoors, also in wet areas; and applied using similar methods to cement-based materials. It is designed for general concrete repair, where rapid strength, durability and low shrinkage is needed.

3. Prep and Prime 

Before applying surface markings to your facility's surface, it is recommended that you lay down a primer where the lines will be painted. This will result in longer lasting and better quality markings. 

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Whilst there is a measure of success on concrete surfaces without priming, it is best practice and recommended to utilise a primer to increase the marking's durability. FP LinePrimer is recommended for this due to its fast-drying properties - ensuring a fast and simple lining job.

The primer provides the best conditions for the paint to adhere to, preventing any possible forms of damage to the paint's finish in the future. You can read more about this HERE.

 

For more info on this subject, you can call 023 9220 0606 or email mail@meonuk.com

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