Surface King Thermoplastic Lining & Roadway Marking
Thermoplastic pavement markings are a special blend of binders and resins that are in a liquid state when heated and in a hardened, glassy state when cooled. Thermoplastics can endure many cycles of heating and cooling without breakage, which makes them ideal for use in high-traffic areas. Thermoplastic pavement markings are used primarily on roadways and in high-traffic areas of parking lots such as crosswalks, stop bars and directional arrows.
As mentioned, thermoplastic is a durable pavement marking used primarily in roadway or highway applications. However, in recent years thermoplastic is also being used, and becoming more common in parking lot settings. Thermoplastic is a material that lasts on average, five to seven times longer than paint, under similar traffic conditions. Thermoplastic is ideal for intersections, and anywhere heavy traffic conditions exist. Thermoplastic will help reduce the cost of maintenance when maintaining pavement markings. Thermoplastic is ideal for long-line and short-line applications.
Surface King uses thermoplastic detail equipment with two melting units for white and yellow thermoplastic. The thermoplastic is dispensed into heated hand-liners that create an extruded application, and glass beads are dispensed on the surface of the molten thermoplastic to provide reflectivity. As it’s worn down, new beads are exposed, maintaining a uniform reflectivity through the life of the striping. Thermoplastic is typically applied in 125-mil thickness.
Because we use thermoplastic hand-liners, we have more freedom for marking layout than could be attained by preform thermoplastics. It is also a more cost-effective method, which makes it more affordable for your budget. Thermoplastic striping requires no primer/sealer when applied to PCC or aged asphalt surfaces. Another plus is unlike paints, thermoplastic striping will be ready for use almost immediately–no drying time. There’s no need to shut down lanes of traffic.
New asphalt can be striped with thermoplastic pavement markings 24 hours after the final roll is completed. It is recommended that a new asphalt roadway not be striped until all construction is complete and the roadway has at least 7 days of traffic flow. This allows any oils, roller aids, or other “liquid” surface coatings to be tracked off the road surface. Having the roadway free of these debris items will allow for a better bond and a longer-lasting line. Waiting also helps prevent any of these oils, dirt, etc. from being tracked or deposited onto the new thermoplastic markings making them less reflective.
Roadway marking includes any markings applied to the pavement such as paint, raised pavement markers, and special pavement treatments. Markings have a definite and important function to perform in a proper scheme of traffic control. In some cases, they are used to supplement the regulations or warnings of other devices such as traffic signs and signals. They are also used alone and produce results that cannot be obtained by the use of any other device.
The most common method of placing pavement markings is by the use of paint. Pavement markings are typically yellow or white. Yellow lines delineate the separation of traffic flows in opposing directions or mark the left edge of a divided highway. White lines delineate the separation of traffic flows in the same direction or mark the right edge line. Broken lines are permissive in character, and solid lines are restrictive in character.
Surface King uses equipment specially designed for these paint applications that meet state and federal application standards. The glass bead dispenser is air-atomized for proper reflectivity, and all paint products used are designed specifically for the needs of high-traffic roadways.
3M Stamark Durable Pavement Marking Tape
Durable, conformable, performed reflective pavement marking tape for permanent-type applications such as lane and center lines, edge lines, gore markings, crosswalks, stop bars, symbols, and legends. 3M™ Stamark™ Pavement Marking Tape can be applied as an overlay marking on an existing surface or may also be inlayed directly into hot asphalt surfaces. Surface King is specialists in all the 3M™ Stamark™ tape applications:
- 3M™ Stamark™ Pavement Marking Tape Series 310
- 3M™ Stamark™ High Performance All Weather Pavement Marking Tape Series 380AW
- 3M™ Stamark™ Extended Season Tape Series 380I ES – High-performance pavement marking tape
- 3M™ Stamark™ Contrast Pavement Marking Tape Series 380I-5ES, 390-5, 380AW-5 – Contrast pavement marking tape
- 3M™ Stamark™ High-Performance Tape 385 ES Black – Nonreflective contrast pavement marking tape
- 3M™ Stamark™ Pavement Marking Tape Series 270 ES – Patterned pavement marking tape for intersections
- 3M™ Stamark™ Symbols and Legends – Pre-cut from 3M™ Stamark™ Pavement Marking Tape
3M Raised Pavement Markers (RPM)
Surface King uses raised pavement markers (RPMs) which are durable, highly reflective markers used for longitudinal lines and gore markings on new and existing road surfaces in both snowplow and non-snowplow regions.
3M raised pavement markers are made with 3M™ Diamond Grade™ prismatic optics for maximum reflectivity, are lightweight and impact resistant, and available for both sun country and snowplow regions.
Applied using 3M™ Bitumen Adhesive BT-69 or 3MTM Epoxy adhesive. Nylon shanks also can have better anchoring. You can trust Surface King to have the latest technology and options for your paving project!
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