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Marking, Striping & Field Marking Paint at Ace Hardware

Mar. 07, 2024
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The specialty paints section at Ace Hardware includes zone marking paint for marking out traffic instructions on parking lots, factory floors and streets, as well as field marking paint for striping turfed sports fields, artificial tennis and basketball courts, dirt surfaces and more. When you're faced with an area you need to mark out, it is important to choose the right kind of paint to deliver the results you're looking for.

Marking and Striping Paint

Traffic paint is used to stripe guidelines, instructions and signs on asphalt or concrete. It is available in several types, including with oil- or water-based formulations. Our painting supplies section includes zone marking paint with both types of formulas, available in a range of colors like bright white and highly visible yellow.

Oil-Based Traffic Paint

Oil-based marking paint is one of the most common and reliable choices, creating markings that dry quickly and are highly durable. They require strong solvents to fully remove. Oil-based marking paint can also withstand a high range of temperatures, making it ideal for exposed outdoor areas. However, care needs to be taken during use as the chemicals in the paint are often toxic, and clean-up requires specialist cleaners to remove splashes and spills.

Water-based Striping Paint

Water-based striping paint offers many of the same advantages as oil-based products but with less environmental impact and lower use of harsh chemicals. Many water-based paints also include latex to improve durability and visibility while still retaining the low toxicity levels that make this marking paint safer to apply and easier to clean up.

What to Look for With Zone Marking Paint

For striping results that last, it's important to look for a few essential qualities when choosing your marking paint, including:

  • Fast-drying formulas to keep disruption to a minimum, with some paint types drying within 30 minutes.
  • Toughness to withstand heavy traffic without fading, cracking or peeling.
  • High visibility without sheen or excessive reflectivity.
  • A smooth but non-slippery finish even in wet conditions.
  • Versatility to use on various surfaces, including asphalt, concrete, brick and metal.

Stripe Your Sports Facilities with Field Marking Paint

Field marking paint is used to mark out sports fields and courts. Compared to other kinds of marking paint it has several important features, including:

  • Non-toxic and non-caustic properties to avoid irritating skin.
  • Non-staining qualities to protect clothing.
  • Free-flowing texture for easy line marking.
  • Easy removal capability for rapid repainting.
  • A dual-use application on natural and synthetic playing surfaces.
  • A relatively low cost for repeated striping over a full sports season.

Field marking paint is usually based on finely ground limestone, which is particularly suited to grass surfaces, or a latex formula that can be used on any surface, including indoor artificial turf.

Shop Striping and Marking Paint at Ace

Whether you're marking out a parking lot, a private roadway, a factory floor or an athletic field, we have the right zone marking paint for the task. Shop online for quick delivery to your home, or stop by your local Ace Hardware store to browse our traffic and field marking paint in person. And for all your other specialty paint needs, check out our other departments, including rust prevention paint, chalk paint, spray paint and others.


D.E. Gemmill, Inc. is an experienced pavement marking company and sign manufacturer in Central Pennsylvania. Since 1986, D.E. Gemmill has offered professional, efficient and competitive services that continue today. As a leader among pavement marking companies and sign manufacturers in Central Pennsylvania, we take pride in providing the most advanced, highest-quality products and services throughout the industry. If you’re looking for a parking lot painter in Harrisburg, PA, a sign manufacturer in Lancaster, PA, turn to D.E. Gemmill. 

We started out offering pavement markings in York, PA, and the surrounding areas and soon after began offering a broad range of solutions for the commercial, industrial and traffic industries. As our reach extended throughout the region, our capabilities expanded to include everything from traffic control rentals and equipment and work zone and emergency service products to providing all the safety clothing and apparel necessary to keep your employees safe and protected. We are still a top parking lot painter in Harrisburg, PA, and beyond, and we are so much more. Today we also offer:

In addition to these services, we offer a whole line of safety apparel products and work zone equipment available for sale online and in our safety apparel store in York PA. Our professional knowledgeable staff can help you select the proper equipment for your job site, custom order products, or even bring our Safety-on-Site (SOS) truck to your job site giving you access to the specific equipment you need without even needing to leave the job site.

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