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Maintenance Coatings has the equipment and experience to install all types of permanent Pavement Markings both non-durable (lasting 1 year or less) and durable (lasting 3 years or more). In selecting which type of material to use, an owner /agency must consider a number of factors such as: pavement type and condition, the desired frequency of restriping, the level of desired reflectivity. These factors must be weighed against the cost of providing the longest lasting, most highly reflective marking that can be seen day or night and sunny or raining.

Waterborne Latex Paint- a widely used pavement marking material. It is the lowest initial cost marking material and can be used on all pavement surfaces as both a temporary or permanent marking. Traffic paint is considered a non-durable marking needing annual restriping. Water based, it is easy to clean up and environmentally friendly, containing no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). It can be applied over any existing material and on any pavement surface. Paint must be applied when temperatures are at least 50 degrees.

Thermoplastic – a moderately priced and durable pavement marking. Thermoplastic is a granular material that becomes liquid when melted down at 400+ degrees. Once applied, thermoplastic hardens as it cools. It used on asphalt pavement and cannot be used on concrete pavement. Thermoplastic must be applied when temperatures are at least 50 degrees.

Preformed Plastic – a high priced durable material supplied in rolls. Preformed tape is applied by several different methods.
  • The inlay method is a process where the permanent tape is applied to new asphalt while it is still hot in advance of the finisher roller. The roller presses the material into the asphalt, depressing it slightly to help protect it from snow plow damage.
  • The Overlay method is a process where the tape is applied to existing pavement (asphalt or concrete) and tamped with a rolling device to ensure its bond to the surface. In some cases a liquid primer is applied to the pavement to strengthen the bond. While the material is very durable it is susceptible to snow plow damage unless it is recessed into the pavement.
  • The Recessed method is where the material is applied to the bottom of a recessed groove for protection from plows and additional durability.

Preformed Thermoplastic (Hot Tape) – a hybrid between thermoplastic and preformed tape. It is a thermoplastic that is supplied in strips of different sizes or in symbols and letters. The material is applied to the pavement and then fused to the surface through the use of propane torches. Hot tape is the most expensive durable material, but can be manufactured in various colors and shapes to produce very specialized markings, such as bike symbols.

Plural Components – durable pavement marking materials applied using specialized equipment. Two separate compounds are mixed during application to produce a durable marking with superior color retention and reflectivity. These materials must be applied at temperatures above 35 degrees. The application of plural components requires surface preparation to ensure maximum bonding to the road surface. Plural components include:
  • Epoxy
  • Modified Urethane
  • Polyurea
  • Multi-Polymer

Illnois Weather Specification for pavement Markings

Products Specification Ambient Temp Surface Temp Date Restriction If outside Spec.
Thermoplastic IDOT 780.05 55° F April 15-November 1 Temporary pavement Markings According the section 703
Paint IDOT 780.06 50° F
Performed Plastic Standard Application IDOT 780.07 50° and rising 70° F April 15-October 15 Preformed Tape for lane Lines.Other pavement makings shall be placed according to section 703
Performed Plastic Inlaid in fresh HMA IDOT 780.07 Approx 150°
Performed Thermoplastic IDOT 780.08 32° F 32° F
Epoxy IDOT 780.09 35° F 35° F Temporary pavement Marking According to Section 703
Polyurea IDOT 780.10 40° F 40° F
Modified Urethane IDOT 780.11 35° F 40° F
Multi-Polymer Tollway 45° F 45° F
Raised & Recessed RPMs & RPM Glue Manufature 50° F and rising 50° F and rising No Installation
Snowplow-able Raised Reflective Pavement Markers- Reflectors which are adhered to iron castings, then installed into “plunge” cuts made in the pavement with a saw truck. They produce superior reflectivity at night, even in the rain. They are used in conjunction with any of the materials previously listed.
Recessed Reflective Pavement Markers – These reflectors are installed into the pavement without an iron casting into a “slot” cut in the pavement. The slot cut is also made with one of our saw trucks. They are used in conjunction with any of the materials previously listed.

Recessed Pavement Marking – Recessing is a process where a groove is cut into the pavement surface and a durable marking is placed within it. The groove is cut by using diamond saw blades, resulting in a groov slightly wider and slightly deeper than the thickness of the marking material being applied. This process protects the marking from snow plows. Recessing can be used in conjunction with the application of any durable marking material and maximizes the service life and reflectivity of the durable marking. Both longitudinal and special markings can be recessed.

Pavement Marking Removal – Removal of old or temporary pavement marking. There are two methods, grinding and water blast. Maintenance Coatings only uses the grind removal method.

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