Next time you pull up outside a local shop, school or business, have a quick look at the state of the road markings and parking symbols. If they’re obviously new, in a dazzling white or vivid bright yellow, chances are they might be the work of Vincent Allen-Baines of Matakana.
He’s just set up his own local road marking business, Vince Parking Marking, after discovering there was no one else doing commercial line painting in the region.
“I did research for six months to see whether it was needed, and there’s no one else,” he says. “I’m the only guy between Auckland and Whangarei, so I cover that area and I’ll do quite a few jobs in Auckland, too, eventually.”
His clients include schools and colleges, shops and commercial premises, sports centres and health providers – anywhere that has a car park, sports court or any other need for lines, symbols or road markings, especially in high traffic areas.
“It’s traffic that mainly causes wear. And the place I’ve found that it wears out the fastest is outside shops,” Vincent says.
The machine he uses sprays top quality road paint via a motorised hydraulic pump, with Vincent walking behind it, and applying specialist stencils when necessary – for parent parking, or disabled drivers, for example.
He should have a steady hand and an eye for detail – in his youth, Vincent competed in the regimented world of dressage and horse trials, and he worked as a track rider at a number of racing stables. After returning to Mahurangi, he stopped working with horses and ran a lawn mowing business, but riding still means a lot to him.
“After work, I go and jump on my horse. I used to compete, but now it’s just for fun and cruising on the beach.”