Road Marking Types & How to Choose for Various Line Marking Purposes

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Thermoplastic Road Markings Supply

Thermoplastic road markings are a durable and long-lasting solution for marking roads, intersections, crosswalks, and other traffic areas. These markings are made from a special thermoplastic material that is heated and applied to the road surface, creating a highly visible and long-lasting marking. Check thermoplastic marking supplies below for reference:

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Thermoplastic Convex Road Markings Supply

Thermoplastic Convex Road Markings are a type of road marking that is made from a special thermoplastic material that is heated and applied to the road surface, creating a highly visible and long-lasting marking. These markings are designed to be more durable and longer-lasting than traditional road markings, making them ideal for use in high-traffic areas.

Cold Paints Road Markings Supply

Cold paint is a popular choice for marking roads and other outdoor surfaces due to its quick-drying time, high visibility, durability, versatility, ease of application, low VOC emissions, and excellent adhesion. It is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option for high-traffic areas.

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Two-component Road Markings Supply

Two-component cold paint road markings, also known as MMA pavement markings or cold plastic road markings, are a type of road marking material that consists of two parts or components that are mixed together before application.

Custom Traffic Paints & Equipment for Your Business

Our range of traffic paints includes thermoplastic, cold plastic, and waterborne options, all of which can be customized to meet your specific requirements. We also offer a variety of application equipment, including airless sprayers, line stripers, and thermoplastic pre-heaters, to ensure that you have everything you need to get the job done right.

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Road Marking Types FAQs

Lighten Traffic is famous for offering one-stop and customized road marking systems and supplies to business all over the world.

Thermoplastic paint markings and cold paint markings are two common types of road marking materials. Here are some key differences between them:

  • Composition: Thermoplastic paint is a hot paint consisting of many potent ingredients. Cold paint consists of pigment, water, and binder.

  • Application: Thermoplastic paint is applied hot and cures on laying. Cold paint is applied at room temperature.

  • Durability: Thermoplastic road markings are highly durable and reflective. Cold paint will not last nearly as long as thermoplastic paint.

  • Cost: Thermoplastic marking costs more than cold solvent marking but its marking lines last much longer.

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Thermoplastic Pavement Markings vs Cold Paint Line Stripings

Thermoplastic is a homogeneous dry mixture of resin, pigment, glass beads, and filler. When heated, the mixture moves into a liquid state and is applied either by spray or extruded on the road ranging from 90 to 120 mils depending on the specification. When applied, thermoplastics cure through the release of heat and return once again to solid form. Methyl methacrylate (MMA) coatings consist of a two-part mixture that forms a chemical bond with a surface after the catalyst is properly mixed in. It requires no heating and may be applied at colder temps compared to thermoplastics.

MMA lasts longer because it forms a strong bond with the surface, even concrete, through chemical curing. The extreme durability of MMA provides for longevity, which can last as long as 10 years, even in the most extreme conditions. MMA is widely used in extreme winter conditions and high elevations due to its ability to withstand frequent snowplow hits and semi-trucks with chains and studded tires.

There are three classes of road-marking coatings, all of which use similar pigments. On the least durable end is latex paint, which lasts only a year or two. A second class of road markings is the so-called plural-component materials, which start out separately as a polymer resin and a catalyst; one popular combination is an epoxy and an amine. A third main class of road markings is the thermoplastics.

Thermoplastic material is applied hot and cures on laying. It has good durability and is suitable for use on all roads. 2-component material (Cold plastic) consists of two parts, which are a pigmented resin base and a catalyst. The product cures by chemical activity.

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