Roadway Striping


Public Works crew striping in OlympiaEvery summer, the City puts down over 2,250 gallons on white and 1,500 gallons of yellow paint to ensure that street markings are highly visible and our roadways are safe.

When striping days are scheduled, dates and times will be sent out in a City News Release and publicized on our home page. However, the ability to stripe is heavily dependent on weather and plans can change at a moments notice.

Caution - Wet Paint

How long does the striping paint take to dry?

The actual dry time will vary by temperature. The “no-track” time for paint in normal weather conditions is approximately 2 minutes. The warmer it is, the quicker it gets to a “no-track” state, which means that a car traveling 40 mph crossing the line will not track the paint onto the lane. We try to stripe when the pavement temperature is greater than 85 degrees. Cooler pavement temperatures equate to longer “no-track” and dry times. Be aware that even on warm days, shaded areas remain cooler and may still have wet paint when the rest has already dried.

What happens when I drive over wet paint?

Not only will you splatter paint onto your vehicle and smear the roadway, you may also create an unsafe driving condition. Striping paint includes thousands of tiny glass reflector beads that are designed to be clearly visible when illuminated by headlights. The reflective lane stripe helps drivers see the road at night and in the rain. When you drive over the paint you remove these beads.

What can I do to avoid the wet paint?

  • Don’t pass the paint truck or trail vehicle
  • Don't change lanes behind the striping truck or trail vehicle 
  • Don't swerve back and forth to see around the paint truck or trail vehicle  
  • If parked, wait 5 minutes before driving on the painted areas

What can I do if I get striping paint on my vehicle?

Rinse off the paint immediately – the paint is water-based, and will wash off if done right away. For more information, visit our Claims for Damages Form page.


Contact Kevin Krall at 360.753.8151, or