7 Top Tips For Correctly Applying Vialine
Meon's ViaLine is a fast drying, high-build road marking and delineation paint that can be used for almost all line marking
Like many other line marking paints, it is vital that ViaLine is correctly installed in order to ensure maximum results. Here are 7 tips for applying ViaLine to your surface:
1. Always test the surface moisture levels before application
This applies to any paint application, paint cannot be applied to a wet or damp surface, as this will not allow the product to cure/dry properly and therefore result in ineffective markings. Before the application process begins, use a surface moisture reader to ensure the area to be marked is at a 7% moisture rate or lower.
2. Always Mix before use
The best practice before spraying any paint is to ensure it is homogenous - use a powered whisk to achieve this. Similar to the first tip, using ViaLine before mixing will cause the product to apply unevenly and therefore result in a 'messy' line that will result in inconsistent performance such as wear, appearance, and usability.
3. Use Primer if applying to concrete
Application of ViaLine to tarmac or asphalt surfaces does not require a primer. Whilst there is a measure of success on concrete surfaces, 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.
4. Apply to the correct thickness
Applying ViaLine too thick or too thin could dramatically affect the performance of your line markings. Applying the product too thick can result in extended cure times, chipping paint, and poor appearance. On the other hand, applying ViaLine too thin can cause premature wear, poor appearance, and reduced additive retention.
Film thickness recommendations can be found on the technical data sheets and measured at the point of application with a wet film thickness guage.
5. Use a topcoat after application
Sealing the line with a clear 'varnish' will improve the performance of the line and stay cleaner for longer - therefore helping to further improve safety. Meon's ClearSeal gives a glossy finish to the marking, which is durable and long-lasting. As well as this, It is also very fast drying - allowing rapid return to traffic.
6. Use reflective beads where necessary
The use of reflective beads over ViaLine will have a large impact on the marking's retroreflectivity. This is especially important for places where the markings will be used during nighttime - for example, on roads, car parks, and many other external applications.
It is important to select the correct bead type and keep the recommended dosage per square meter. Over-application can affect the performance of the marking and under application will result in poor retroreflectivity.
7. Avoid leaving paint in equipment overnight
Doing this will cause the paint to separate over time - the 'solids' will sink to the bottom of the tin and cause an uneven material before it is even applied to the surface. This results in an ineffective line marking job as the application will be very uneven.