May 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Issue

Skip-Time  Newsletter

brought to you by:



This issue contains important information regarding Data Logging and job reporting for the road marking industry.  Data Logging is required in many states and provinces throughout North America.  Please forward this month’s newsletter to any GIS, stage agency, or contract professionals it may concern.  


Skip-Line® Online Report Generator 2.0

Skip-Line is proud and excited to announce the launch of our new Online Report Generator.  This web-based application is the perfect companion for any Skip-Line Data Logging System.

Visualize & analyze data with the Skip-Line® Online Report Generator.  This administrative portal is a powerful interface to present striping data in an understandable format.

Completely automate your reporting process with almost instantaneous cellular data uploads and scheduled reports delivered directly to your email inbox or FTP server.  Reports export to PDF, Excel, Shapefile, and other native GIS formats.

New Features

  • Exportable to GIS Software
  • Quick Report Access
  • Reports Automation
  • Archive Utility
  • Shareable Report Templates
  • Sub-User Accounts
  • Email Summaries
  • User Dashboard

Existing Features

  • Automatic or Manual Data Upload
  • Interactive Mapping
  • Customizable Report Templates
  • Manage Multiple Vehicles
  • GPS Pattern Change Reporting
  • Tamper-Proof Data

Schedule reports to automate the entire reporting process.  Set it and forget it!  You can set scheduled reports to be delivered to your email inbox or uploaded to an ftp server.  Inbox deliveries feature a handy report summary.

Try the Skip-Line® Online Report Generator


Claim a free 1-month trial to try the new Online Report Generator today!  If you are a DL-08 or DL-09 Data Logger Owner, you may use this service with your own striping data.  Please click the button above or email to request a trial account.  

We’ll ask you for the following information: 

Your Organization’s Name
Your DL-08 or DL-09 Bridge Serial Number (if applicable)
Your Desired Username
Your Email Address

Brent’s Tips


We are often asked the question, “How do we get the brightest, longest lasting road markings?”

For ordinary traffic paint and AASHTO Type I Beads, a consistent and sufficient application rate of paint and beads is the best way to ensure a long-lasting highly retro-reflective line.  In many states, 15 wet mils of paint and 7 lbs/gallon of beads will produce a quality line. At this thickness, there is just enough binder to hold the Type I bead at around 50-60% embedment, which is ideal for retro-reflectivity.  When using high-build paint, a larger size glass bead should be used as well.


In order to ensure you are getting the proper Mil thickness, you should be using 16.5 gallons of paint and 115.5 pounds of beads per mile with a 4″ solid line.   To measure the wet film thickness – Only use a hand-held mil thickness gauge on a test plate with no beads.  Do not use a wet film thickness gauge on a road surface, because the road texture and shape won’t allow for accurate measurement.


When you first setup your truck for the striping season: 

  • Set your paint pressure just below where the paint begins to splatter when a gun is on.

    • You can get higher pressure settings when using a larger tip or nozzle size

  • Drive at a constant truck speed and test your wet film thickness

    • Use a Data Logger System to calculate mil thickness (requires at least a mile of data for a reliable calculation)

    • OR, use a hand-held wet film thickness gauge and a test plate to get a rough idea of wet film thickness

  • Adjust your truck speed and repeat until you reach the desired mil thickness

  • Try to stripe at that truck speed and pressure as often as possible

  • Finally, adjust the bead flow to get the desired bead application rate. (we will discuss this process in further detail in a later post.)

For more information on proper bead and paint application, we recommend looking at some of these great striping resources:

We have been surprised to hear of many instances where a line was applied thin because the existing line was already “pretty good” – as a cost saving measure. A light rework could potentially make the retro-reflectivity of the old line worse!  
Here’s how:
  • The paint covers-up any glass beads in the old line that create retro-reflectivity.
  • The new beads in the light rework paint will not bond sufficiently, and will soon be gone. 
  • It will take extra time to wear the paint down to expose the original glass beads.
  • Retro-reflectivity will decrease quickly to the point that the line is nearly invisible at night.
Although less common, the same can happen if the paint is too thick (most supervisors make sure they are not wasting material by over-applying paint). The beads are buried, and the line is not retro-reflective until the beads are exposed.

 Happy Striping!


Skip-Line, Inc.
phone:  (541) 963-0111
find us online at

Copyright © 2015 Skip-Line, Inc.

Skip-Line® is a registered trademark of Skip-Line, Inc.,the industry source for quality road marking controls and monitoring devices.

Posted on June 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

Share the Story

About the Author

Back to Top