Reflective Glass Beads Wholesale Supplier for Road Marking Materials

Reflective glass beads play a crucial role in road safety by improving visibility and enhancing the retroreflective properties of road markings. These small spherical glass particles are incorporated into road marking materials to create a highly reflective surface that increases the visibility of road markings, particularly during low-light conditions or at night.

Reflective Glass Beads for Road Marking Paint Specifications LT-GB

Glass beads are small particles added to road marking paint to provide reflective properties. They are categorized into three types based on particle size: type one for mixing directly into thermoplastic paint during production, type two for spraying on the surface of thermoplastic paint, and type three for spraying on cold solvent paint. 

reflective glass beads-LT-GB
Specific gravity(g/cm32.6g/cm3
Size (μm)>1180
Refractive index1.5-1.6
Spherical beads(%)85%
Contents lime glassSiO272%
Package25kg/bag

We produce glass beads that comply with various international standards, such as BS6088A, BS6088B, AASHTOM247, EN1423, EN1424, Australia AS2009 B3.2, KOREA KS standard, and Chinese standard, among others.

Test Results for Different Standards:

TypeSize (μm)Percentage(%)
BS6088A (intermix)>11800~3
1180~8505~20
850~42565~95
<4250~10
BS6088B(Drop on)>8500~5
850~6005~20
600~30030~75
300~18010~30
<1800~15
AASHTOM247 Standard I>8500
850~6005~25
600~30040~80
300~15010~35
<1500~5
AASHTOM247 Standard II>6000
600~4250~10
425~30015~50
300~18045~75
<1800
China Standard Ⅰ(Intermix)>8500
850-6005-30
600-30030-80
300-10610-40
<1060-5
China Standard Ⅱ (Drop on)>6000
600-30040-90
300-1505-60
<1500-5
Ⅰ(for Cold Paint)>2120
212-9096-100
<900-4

Lighten Traffic Reflective Glass Bead Pavement Spheres Features

Advantages of the road glass beads application:

  • a. Glass beads made from soda-lime-silica glass have good chemical stability, mechanical strength, and hardness, with no impurities or dark spots.
  • b. They do not cause dimensional changes to the base material.
  • c. Soda-lime glass does not release toxins (free silica) and does not contaminate or leave residue on workpieces, making it more environmentally friendly than chemical treatments.
  • d. Glass beads create even and spherical impressions on the blasted surface of parts.
  • e. They have a low breakdown rate, resulting in lower disposal and maintenance costs.
  • f. Glass beads are suitable for various blasting equipment, including pressure, suction, wet, and dry blasting.

How to apply Reflective Bead for Road markings?

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To apply reflective beads for road markings, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the surface: Clean and dry the road surface.
  2. Apply road marking material: Use the chosen material according to instructions.
  3. Apply beads with glass beads dispenser: Sprinkle or broadcast the beads onto the wet paint or heated thermoplastic.
  4. Embed the beads: Use an embedder or apply a thin layer of material over the beads.
  5. Allow drying/curing: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for sufficient drying or curing time.
  6. Clear excess beads: Remove loose beads using brooms or sweepers.

Remember to consult manufacturer guidelines and adhere to local regulations for proper application.

Road Glass Beads Package & Delivery

We will ship within 3~5 days after receipt of your payment. All road beads are well-packaged. For custom packages, please contact our sales rep. before shipment.

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Road Marking Glass Beads Wholesale FAQs

Consider factors such as bead size, refractive index, compliance with relevant standards, durability, and environmental impact for sourcing high-performance glass beads or reflective pavement spheres. These factors can impact the reflectivity and performance of the glass beads.

Yes, road marking glass beads can vary in size, ranging from small to large beads. They can also differ in composition and characteristics, such as heavy metal glass, recycled glass, or pure glass beads.

Yes, there are various international and regional standards that regulate road marking glass beads, such as BS6088, AASHTO M247, EN1423, EN1424, and specific country standards. Compliance with these standards ensures quality and performance.

The size of the glass beads used in road marking materials can vary, ranging from smaller beads of around 50-75 micrometers in diameter to larger beads of around 850-1000 micrometers. The size selection depends on the specific requirements of the road marking project, such as the type of road, traffic conditions, and regulatory standards.

Glass beads can be made from different raw materials, including heavy metal glass, recycled glass, and pure glass. When comparing heavy metal glass, recycled glass, and pure glass as raw materials for glass beads, here is a summary:

Heavy Metal Glass:

  • Economical price
  • Good reflective effect
  • Slight environmental pollution due to heavy metal content

Recycled Glass:

  • Competitive price
  • Good reflection
  • Environmentally friendly with less environmental damage

Pure Glass:

  • Expensive price
  • Excellent reflection
  • No environmental pollution

In summary, heavy metal glass is economical but slightly polluting, recycled glass is competitively priced and environmentally friendly, and pure glass is expensive but offers excellent reflection without any pollution. The choice depends on factors like budget, desired reflection, and environmental impact.

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