Thermoplastic Line Markings

Thermoplastic line markings are a type of traffic paint that is highly durable. They can last up to seven times longer than traditional pavement markings, allowing traffic to flow smoothly with less downtime for repainting. Source

These special road markings use a mix of pigments, glass beads and filler that are heated to create the desired shape. They also contain packing materials to keep the thermoplastic in a solid form, and additives for color and fading-resistance.

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Once the mixture is shaped and ready for application, it can be placed on the pavement with specialized equipment that is engineered to keep the thermoplastic hot. It can then be sprayed or extruded onto the surface to form the desired line and design. Thermoplastic markings do not require time to dry, so traffic can be open to the area almost immediately after application.

This durability makes it ideal for areas that see a lot of traffic, including busy highways and commercial traffic lanes. It is also a good choice for intersections, transverse lines such as arrows, symbols and messaged, crosswalks and handicap (ADA) symbols.

The reflective properties of the glass beads in the thermoplastic also help with visibility at night. This makes it ideal for school zones or other locations that require visual indicators besides physical signs to communicate safety instructions to drivers. This is especially important during bad weather when poor visibility can be an issue, and the high retroreflectivity of the markings helps to maximize visibility.