Tomas Ponce is the owner of TP Striping, a professional line-striping business.
Parking spaces are painted perfectly using advanced machinery, attention to detail, and experience.
Tomas also paints running tracks, football fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and airport runways.

Text on screen: Tomas Ponce is the owner of TP Striping. He specializes in line-painting surfaces. After reviewing the project’s blueprint, the first step is to prepare the job site. The starting points for each parking line are marked so the operator knows when to start each line. Workers ride a special machine that sprays paint. The machine also has a laser point to make sure the lines are straight. Tomas says the most difficult part of the job is “perfecting when you start and finish a line.”

The machine paints at 5,900 psi, so operators must practice when to press the trigger. Tapping the trigger too early or too late can cause overspray. Spraying at night is easier than spraying during the day because the laser is more visible in the dark. It also helps that there is less traffic. TP Striping also paints symbols using stencils and fast-drying paint. Workers simply lay out the stencil, spray an even coat, and carefully remove the stencil. Tomas calibrates the laser on his machine every two to three days to make sure it’s working properly. It takes two to three hours to paint a new parking lot with 100 lines. Touch-up jobs can be done in an hour or less depending on the size of the lot. Tomas uses around 10,000 gallons of paint per season. With an average of 250 to 400 gallons used every week, Tomas estimates a 100-line parking lot uses 10 gallons of paint.

Line-striping isn’t exclusive to parking lots. Tomas stripes running tracks, football fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and airport runways. Tomas says, “the most difficult job is a running track, because it is a slow and consistent curve, and you only get one chance to do it right.”

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