Thermoplastic Markings are used to create a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers in your parking lot. These markings are much more durable than traditional paint and are more likely to last several years.
The thermoplastic material itself consists of binder, pigments, glass beads and fillers, according to M-B Companies Inc. The pigments create color, the binder holds everything together and glass beads increase retroreflectivity at night. Heated to 400 degrees, the thermoplastic melts and forms long lasting lines and symbols. This type of pavement marking is perfect for centerline, edge-line and skip line applications as it is highly visible during the day or at night.
Thermoplastic vs. Traditional Paint: Which is Right for Your Roads
Traditionally, the only way to apply thermoplastic was by melting it directly on the surface of the road or parking lot, which required expensive equipment such as a handliner and premelt tank (approximately $20,000) or a truck-based striper, running well over $100,000. This is where “preformed” thermoplastic changed the game. Preformed thermoplastic is melted, extruded and pre-cut at the manufacturing plant before shipping to a contractor, eliminating the need for the specialized hot melt machine.
Preformed thermoplastic is also ideal for colder environments where a liquid application would be too chilly. Moisture, low temperatures and the condition of the pavement surface will impact how well the thermoplastic bonds with the roadway, so it is important to ensure that these factors are kept in mind for optimal results.