When completing a line marking project, it is essential to know the pros and cons of each type of paint and make sure you are using the material best suited for your requirements.
There’s a pretty broad range of products in the line marking world – it can be somewhat confusing; however, in this new story, we aim to educate you on what product to use and where to use it.
Let’s keep things simple first of all; we have hot applied thermoplastic paint; this sturdy material is molten plastic that is then poured into a hand mould or shoe (when using a pram) and manipulated by our thermoplastic crew operatives into whatever is needed — for example, a parent and child logo or a directional arrow. With the proper preparation, thermoplastic can be applied virtually on any surface – it’s also the most common method of line marking used in the UK, predominantly use on a tarmac or bitumen surface for best results.
Next, we have traffic paint; this is a versatile material with many benefits on surfaces like concrete. There are multiple types of traffic paint, the most common being epoxy paint and water-based acrylic paint. They are traditional, inexpensive and easily applied with powered equipment, a roller or even a brush. A less common traffic paint is MMA (Methyl Methacrylate); this is a more expensive material; however, once it’s down, it’s down – saving money for customers in the long run. Traffic paints are generally used in car parks, warehouses, airport runways and in many more locations for robust and durable line marking, internally or externally.
Other lesser-used but still effective materials we work with are preform thermoplastics; these are ready-made stencil style sheets that only require heat to form adhesion. In our experience, these are best used in instances for click and collect bays, speed roundels or anywhere that requires intricately detailed designs.
Now that you know the general differences between our most commonly used materials, visit our website or give us a call today, and one of our experienced sales team will be able to help.
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