I appreciate the comment DMAviation... and MCWops, this the 1st time the tin can lid has ever been introduced to me. The only thing I would say to that is to have a reflectivity testing done to make sure that the beads are properly set in the paint. Throwing them or dropping them with a tin can top can have a bad result if the bead sinks into the paint becuase of the impact. Beads should set in the paint so that they have the curve of the sphere above the paint plain. Too far above and the refraction does not occur, to low and the reflection is not able to occur. Its all in the testing!
Not to hijack HiLite's photo, but we usually use our striping machine with bead dispenser for the red boxes. For the numbers we hand spray the stencils, then us a one gallon paint can with holes drilled in the lid for a bead dispenser. My guys were skeptical of the paint can idea, but it works great, and only cost us a few bucks to buy the can.
DMAviation, This was an A-Typical application for us that happened to make the front page of the newspaper. In this photo, our guys are repairing a sign that another contractor had accidentally scuffed with their equipment. Our crew was onsite performing another type of work, so they did not have a handliner with them. Our crews usually use handliners equiped with gravety fed, calibrated bead guns to paint signs and detailed areas. This ensures proper bead coverage rates and even thickness of paint.
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