What You Should Know About Asphalt Thermoplastic Line Striping

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Thermoplastic line striping is a material applied to asphalt surfaces that provides an aesthetically pleasing and long-lasting method of marking lines, symbols, or words. Thermoplastic paint is applied to a road surface to delineate traffic lanes, parking spaces, and other pavement markings. Thermoplastic line striping is one of the most cost-effective ways to make roads safer and more efficient for drivers.

Thermoplastic materials offer several benefits over traditional paint-based systems, such as long-lasting durability, better visibility at night due to the reflective nature of thermoplastic materials, and fewer environmental impacts from runoff.

In today’s blog post, we will go in-depth on thermoplastics and discuss some things you should consider before giving your asphalt a thermoplastic makeover.

How is it Done?

When thermoplastic line striping is applied, it can be used to create a variety of designs. The thermoplastic material is heated until it becomes pliable enough that you can shape it into any desired form. Once the thermoplastic cools and hardens, this design will last for years, requiring little to no maintenance. If you are looking for a cost-effective way to improve your asphalt’s curb appeal, thermoplastic line striping may be exactly what you need.

How Long Does It Last?

Once thermoplastic line striping has been applied to asphalt, it usually lasts for several years (usually up to 8 years) without requiring additional maintenance. It is a cost-effective and time-saving solution that will improve your business’s curb appeal while also making the road safer by increasing visibility during the night.

Is it OK to Paint Over Thermoplastic Paint?

Thermoplastic paint is not meant to be painted over. After the thermoplastic line striping has been applied it cannot be changed without removing all of the material and starting from scratch. It is imperative to consider this before any installation begins, so you will know how much control you have over your design choices.

Is Thermoplastic Paint Reusable?

No, thermoplastic is not reusable after it has been installed on your asphalt surfaces. Once the thermoplastic has been heated, it begins to melt and form into its new shape. You mustn’t try to remove thermoplastics after they have already cooled, or it may cause damage to your asphalt paving by pulling up some of the top layer with it.

How Long Does it Take to Dry?

The thermoplastic lines are typically dry within minutes of installation. Since thermoplastics are usually installed at a temperature between 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit, the material quickly cools after being applied to your asphalt paving. Thermoplastics do not have an extended drying process which makes them highly beneficial.

What is the Benefit of Thermoplastic Lines?

Thermoplastics are highly reflective, durable and provide excellent striping contrast for drivers to see markings on the road more quickly. The line marking material also helps reduce asphalt fatigue caused by constant travel over unpainted surfaces.

If you are looking for a professional and high-quality thermoplastic line striping service, look no further. Precision Striping & Lot Restoration is a name you can trust in Williston, ND, when it comes to making sure your property looks its best. We offer free quotes so that everyone has an opportunity at getting their parking lot or driveway lines striped by professionals. Contact us today if you have any questions about our crack filling or line striping services or want more information on how we can help with all of your pavement maintenance needs.

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