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How To Install Floor Marking Tape

By Graphic Products Editorial Staff

In this video we’ll demonstrate how to:

  1. Remove old floor marking
  2. Correctly prepare a surface for new tape installation
  3. How to install PathFinder tape in a straight line as well as
  4. How to properly outline a door way or exit

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Remove Old Floor Marking Tape or Paint

If there is old or unwanted floor marking tape or painted lines that need removing, use a flat edged paint scraper or putty knife. Remove tape by chipping away at each corner of a line. A heat gun can be used if a paint scraper alone is ineffective and a non-citrus based degreaser will remove all leftover adhesive residue.

Clean the Installation Area

The first step in successful installation of PathFinder tape is to ensure that the application area has been properly cleaned and dried. A dry, clean application surface allows for the tape’s adhesive to cure, completely. After clearing dust and debris, use a non-citrus based degreaser on any tough stains or oily spots of the floor. Then mop the area with warm soapy water. Leave time to dry and you’re all ready to apply PathFinder floor marking tape.

Installing Your Floor Tape

There are no exact regulations for floor marking, so the first rule of thumb is to stay consistent. In this example, we will be using PathFinder Rigid Tape, designed for long term industrial use to create a line six inches from the storage rack. Measure out your beginning and end points using a ruler or tape measure. Then, using a chalk, laser or reference line, following the intended path to assure straight application.

Remove the adhesive liner at the beginning of the roll and apply approximately 10 to 12 inches of tape to the floor. Smooth the tape out and apply even pressure to ensure a strong adhesive bond. Following the reference line and applying light tension, begin to remove the adhesive liner in sections approximately 3 to 5 feet at a time and begin to install the tape. Applying in short sections allows for accurate installation, no wasted tape, and helps avoid bubbles or creases. Continue this process until the job is done.

Once PathFinder tape has been successfully installed, allow 24 hours for the adhesive backing to fully cure for heavy use.

Mark An Exit or Doorway With Floor Tape

Make sure the application area has been properly cleaned. This involves making sure there are no oily areas, dust or dirt. Remember that there are no exact regulations for floor marking, so stay consistent. In this example, we’ll be outlining a doorway using PathFinder Hazard Stripe FLEX tape. Use the frame of the doorway as the guidelines. Place PathFinder tape on either side of the door frame, creating perpendicular lines.

Create Corners

Now, lay the cross piece down. Create two 90 degree corners at the intersections and smooth out the remaining end pieces. If you need assistance creating corners using PathFinder, follow the link. And with that your doorway is safely designated, alerting workers to keep clear or be aware of constant traffic.

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