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Preformed Thermoplastic and How to Properly Apply It?

Preformed Thermoplastic

Preformed thermoplastic is a type of material that companies use in various industries. It is known for its versatility, durability, and ease of application. The team at D2 Striping uses it to mark roadways and parking lots with unique symbols and legends, including crosswalks, stop bars, and other specialized markings that require higher durability than standard striping methods. Made of a component that adheres to the pavement or road when heated, this material outlasts paint and other similar substances, making for one of the most efficient marking solutions. 

How Does Preformed Thermoplastic Work? 

Providers manufacture the unique material in a pre-cut shape, hence the name. Though it has a fancy title, it is a straightforward process. The first step is melting thermoplastic resin as the base. Then, the provider adds pigments or reflective beads to create the desired color and visibility. They pour the material into molds or extrude it into sheets, which are subsequently cooled and cut into the desired shapes and sizes. We store these preformed thermoplastic shapes and transport them to the installation site. Once on site, our striping experts design the initial layout, use a primer, and then burn the product onto the surface. 

What Are the Benefits of Preformed Thermoplastic? 

When we apply preformed thermoplastic, it offers several advantages over traditional methods like paint. 

  1. Durability: Preformed thermoplastic has excellent durability and can withstand heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and UV exposure. It is resistant to fading, cracking, and chipping, ensuring long-lasting markings. 
  1. Quick and Easy Installation: Applying preformed thermoplastic is a simple and efficient process. Professionals heat the material to a molten state and then place it on the road surface. It adheres quickly and can be ready for traffic in a short period, reducing downtime and inconvenience. 
  1. Enhanced Visibility: The best producers sometimes add reflective beads or glass spheres in the preformed thermoplastic, making the markings highly visible, especially at night or in low-light conditions. This improves road safety and ensures clear visibility for drivers. 
  1. Cost-Effectiveness: While preformed thermoplastic may have a higher initial cost than paint, it offers long-term cost savings due to its durability. It requires less frequent maintenance and replacement, resulting in reduced overall expenses over time. 
  1. Environmental Considerations: Industry leaders consider preformed thermoplastic more environmentally friendly than paint, because it does not contain harmful solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It has a lower environmental impact and is safer for workers during application.

D2 Striping Offers Comprehensive Marking Options 

Preformed thermoplastic is only one of our many pavement marking options. We also offer general striping, including permanent and temporary options, specialty and custom painting, and parking lot striping. If you want to learn more about our options, check out our services page. Get in touch with us today for more information!