Both Simpson and Reynolds also laud the safety of paint over tape as another reason they made the switch.
"Using the truck-mounted system is much safer than having a worker walk along to apply and remove tape — with no guarantee that the tape will stick or removal process will work," Simpson says.
"Now, during road construction projects, we paint the temporary lanes and don't have to worry about the lines since they will stay in place on the ground while we work," Reynolds says.
Richard Schmid is surface preparation market manager at Flow Control International Corp.
Selection Tips: How to Choose a Pressure Washer
How do you choose a high-pressure washer? Keith A. Price, vice president, sales and marketing, Hotsy Corp., says ask these questions:
What are you cleaning? If you're cleaning engines, automotive parts, or anything else with oil or grease, consider a pressure washer that generates hot water. Like the dishes in your sink, hot water cuts grease and grime; cold water only pushes it around. If you're simply blasting away soil, caked-on mud, or stripping paint, a cold-water pressure washer will work just fine (80% of pressure washers purchased are of the cold-water variety). A cold-water pressure washer with the right detergent often can solve most cleaning problems.
Where are you washing? Is portability important? Are you cleaning on a job site or do you have easy access to electricity? Do you need a pressure washer with wheels so you can move it around, or are you cleaning equipment and vehicles that can be moved up close to your pressure washer? If you're cleaning indoors, you're limited to using an electric motor to drive the high-pressure pump. The electric motor limits your portability because you're constantly "tethered" to an electrical outlet. If you need hot water indoors, you're further restricted to the type of heating fuel you can use because of fumes from fossil fuels. You can use electricity (expensive), natural gas (requires hard plumbing and must be vented to the outdoors), or LP gas (liquid propane).
If you're cleaning outdoors, you can buy a pressure washer powered by electricity or gasoline, the two most popular power sources. Typically, electric-powered models are more economical, but gasoline-powered pressure washers are more portable (no electric cord). For outdoor cleaning with hot water, you can heat the water with diesel (the most popular), kerosene, or fuel oil in addition to the "indoor energy sources" of electricity, natural gas, and LP gas. The most popular outdoor hot-water pressure washers are powered by electricity (economical) and heated by diesel (economical and plentiful). However, another outdoor hot-water model that is quickly gaining in popularity is one that is powered by gasoline (economical and plentiful) and heated by diesel. Speaking of water, pressure washers typically are fed by a garden hose from a spigot. However, most pressure washers are also capable of drawing water from a large tank or bladder, which makes on-site cleaning possible and eliminates the need to be "tethered" to a faucet.
How long will you be cleaning? If you are operating a pressure washer for less than five hours per week, you will probably be satisfied with a less expensive model available in catalogs and do-it-yourself stores. But don't count on much service or warranty support.
If you are operating a pressure washer from five to 20 hours per week, you will find some mid-range models that are typically identified by a direct-drive pump and a bare-bones design. For those who are serious users —washing for more than 20 hours per week — you will be dollars ahead to invest in quality.
Under Pressure: Making Buying Decisions