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Traffic marking products & materials, combined with precision workmanship equals lasting results.


When choosing the best type of traffic marking products, several factors come into play, each affecting the overall performance, durability, and cost-effectiveness of the markings.  Here’s an overview of the primary types of traffic marking products and their applications:



  • Cost-Effective: Water-based traffic marking paints are the least expensive option and the most widely used for pavement traffic markings.
  • Fast-Drying: These paints dry quickly, minimizing the time the area needs to be closed off.
  • Ease of Application: They can be applied using a machine or by hand, making them versatile for various projects.
  • Eco-Friendly: Being water-based, they are environmentally friendly and easy to clean up without damaging surfaces.



  • Durability: Water-based markings are the least durable, especially in high-traffic areas or harsh weather conditions. They require regular maintenance and reapplication.



  • Durability: Solvent-based paints, including epoxy and acetone paints, are more durable than water-based options and have a longer lifespan.
  • Temperature Resilience: These paints do not freeze, making them ideal for regions with fluctuating temperatures, such as North Carolina.
  • Long-Lasting: They require less frequent reapplication compared to water-based paints, offering better long-term investment potential.



  • Environmental Impact: Solvent-based paints are less eco-friendly and may be banned in certain areas due to their environmental impact.
  • Cost: These paints are more expensive than water-based paints and require additional safety measures during handling and disposal.
  • Application Complexity: Epoxy paints need to be mixed before use, adding to the complexity of application.



  • DurabilityThermoplastic is the most durable option, suitable for high-traffic areas and severe weather conditions.
  • Versatility: They can be applied as freehand lines or pre-cut symbols, offering great flexibility in design.
  • Longevity: Thermoplastics offer the longest lifespan among the three options, reducing the need for frequent maintenance.



  • Cost: Thermoplastic markings are the most expensive option, potentially making them less feasible for large-scale projects.
  • Application: Specialized equipment and expertise are required for application, which may increase the initial investment.


Each type of traffic marking paint has its own set of pros and cons. The choice depends on your specific requirements, including traffic conditions, budget, and environmental considerations. Here’s a quick summary to guide your decision:

  • Water-Based Traffic Markings: Best for budget-friendly, short-term projects where frequent maintenance is acceptable.
  • Solvent-Based Traffic Markings: Ideal for long-lasting durability and areas with temperature fluctuations, provided they are environmentally permitted.
  • Thermoplastics: Optimal for high-traffic areas and long-term use, if the budget allows for the higher upfront cost.


For expert advice on the best traffic marking solution for your project, consult with Poole Paving.  We are DOT certified and can tailor a solution to meet your specific needs and budget.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve optimal results.

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