Preform Thermoplastic Markings

We custom mix our Striping Paints, and we have our own Thermoplastic machines and truck.

Thermoplastic markings are applied using specially designed vehicles. The thermoplastic mix is heated in trucks to about 200 °C (400 °F) before being fed to the application apparatus. This is often a screed box or ribbon gun. Immediately after the thermoplastic has been applied, glass beads are laid onto the hot material so that they embed before the plastic hardens. These beads provide initial retro-reflection. As the marking wears during use and the initial beads are lost, the beads mixed with the binder are uncovered, providing long term reflectivity. Most thermoplastic is produced in white and yellow colors, but other colors such as red may also be produced.

Plastics were introduced in the late 1960s and early 1970s.Commonly referred to as tape or cold plastic, this product is heavy-grade material with reflective beads embedded in the plastic. It is commonly used to mark crosswalks, stop bars, and traffic guidance such as turn lanes, HOV lanes, train crossings, pedestrian crossings, taxi lanes, bus lanes, and bike lanes.

Preformed Thermoplastic—Preformed thermoplastic pavement markings are applied using a propane heat torch and are used primarily because of their durability and cost-effective service life. Cut and ready to position onto an asphalt or concrete pavement surface, the most common applications of preformed thermoplastic pavement markings are found at intersections as transverse markings such as stop lines, legends, crosswalks, arrows, bike lane symbols, and accessibility symbols.

Contact us today to discuss your thermoplastic pavement markings needs in Middle Tennessee.

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