My oldest daughter is a high school senior this year and the first time we’ve been able to take part in the tradition of painting your Senior Parking Spot. Caution: it took a lot longer than I thought! You can learn from some of our mistakes. Here’s how to paint a Senior Parking Spot and the best tips we found to help us.
How to Paint a Senior Parking Spot
The more elaborate your design, the more expensive it will be First, you want to decide on your design. We found the one above on the internet with a simple Google search. My daughter liked the design and colors. So we headed to Lowes to buy the paint and supplies.
1.First, Paint the Parking Spot a Solid Color
We bought a gallon of exterior paint for the white, because that’s the color we decided to paint the parking spot to start with a clean slate and to add the lines. If there’s anyway you can paint the spot the night before, do it, because it takes a while to dry. It took at least a couple hours for ours to dry. We used a long roller to paint it.
2. Tape the Lines
You’ll want to section off what you want to paint. We used to tape, because of our design, but many people just free-handed their design. My husband made the circle by squatting down, extending his arm, and then drawing a circle with chalk while turning around. They then went over it with tape and tried to fix the imperfections.
3. Start painting
Another tip: If your whole school has a specific day to paint your senior parking spots, don’t wait until the night before to go to Lowes or the paint store. That’s what happened to us and they rain out of exterior paint in quart sizes, so we just used interior paint. So far, two weeks later, everything looks great, but it may wear faster over time.
To paint we just poured some straight out of the can onto the ground and painted. I wish we had bought more of the tiny rollers. They were easier and faster to use than the spongey brushes.
We started at the top with our design, because you don’t want to paint yourself into a corner. Then we did the circle, and then finished the bottom. Because it was so hot, the paint dried pretty quickly.
After everything was dry, we peeled up the tape, and it came off pretty easily!
We first bought stencils, but then the person next to us said, it wasn’t worth it. The stencil was sticking to the paint, and it was tedious and not worth the effort. So then we decide to free hand it, and most people seemed to do the same.
First we used chalk to outline the letters, then painted over it.
All in all, it took about 7 hours from start to finish. It was a hot day, so bring plenty of water!
Some people brought shades, but honestly, they were kind of a pain, especially when you have to paint next to someone.
More Senior Parking Spot Ideas
It was amazing to see how creative people are! It started to rain as were finishing up, so I didn’t get to snap too many pictures of other senior parking spot ideas, but these were cool and fun!