Thermoplastic Pavement Markings

Thermoplastic Pavement Markings, Ozark Materials

Ozark Materials, LLC manufactures and supplies pre-cut lines, legends, and symbols for roadway delineation and for marking areas for pedestrian and bike lane usage. These preformed thermoplastic markings offer numerous benefits to contractors and construction professionals who want to enhance the safety of their roadway projects.

 Ozark Materials’ hydrocarbon and alkyd-based thermoplastic pavement markings are premium, blended granular materials with long service life, excellent adhesion, and superior color and retro-reflectivity retention. The alkyd-based materials provide an array of application and its final film properties make it ideal for city markings, as well as legends or long-line applications. Based on the customer and/or governmental agency requirements, the markings can be designed for varying levels of initial and retained performance properties. 

Specifications

Preformed thermoplastic markings are available in white, yellow and other colors meeting MUTCD specifications. We offer bead contents from 30% to 50% and our preformed thermoplastic markings have a minimum bond strength of around 300psi. Thickness varies by product, but it averages between 40 to 120 mils. All thermoplastic markings pass the Mandrel Bend Test and have skid resistances.

Other specifications are available upon request and we guarantee the quality and consistency of our preformed thermoplastic markings. Some of our specifications include:

• AASHTO T 250

• AASHTO M 249

• ASTM D 36

• ASTM D 6628

• ASTM E 1349

• ASTM E 313

Adapted for various state, city & county specifications

 

Application

Preformed thermoplastic markings are fusible to both asphalt, cement, and concrete with, or without, the use of preheating of the pavement surface. This gives it a strong bond with surface materials that can easily withstand high heat, freezing temperatures, and daily use from motor vehicles including bicycles, semi-trucks, and passenger cars. Once applied, it can be open to traffic within 15 minutes of application.

Application Thickness Information:

  • 40 to 120 mils
  • 120+ mils for rumble bars
  • 120+ mils for profiled markings

The application is relatively simple as all the surface area needs is to be clean and dry. Apply any necessary primer, layout the markings, and apply heat if applicable. As well, apply any grains to the preformed plastic and apply heat again. Common application methods include:

  • Spray
  • Ribbon extrude
  • Screed extrude
  • Profile

 

For more in-depth application instructions or to get more information on the thermoplastic application processes, See our application instructions for more information.

 

Flexibility

The supplied markings are designed to be very flexible in order to maintain integrity of the product in transit delivery and handling during installation. These markings are highly durable and are known for providing a long service life without degrading performance.

 

Appearance

The material will conform to contours, faults, and breaks of the pavement surface. Markings come available in several colors, binder content, retro-reflectivity, thickness, and skid resistance. Custom thermoplastics are available upon request. For more information or for custom orders, please visit our contact us page and fill out our form.

 

Shelf Life

When stored properly, this product can last up to two years from the date of manufacture. The ideal indoor temperatures for storage are between 35 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and it is highly recommended to store this product in a dry area. As thermoplastics can be heavy, we do not recommend stacking more than 20 packs on top of each other as over time as this can warp the thermoplastic.

 

Compliance

Ozark Materials, LLC’s preformed thermoplastic markings conform to standards required by the current edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways as issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways or MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide and ensures the uniform installation and maintenance of traffic control devices on all public streets or roadways, highways, bikeways, and private roads that are open to public travel.

The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F. The MUTCD, which has been administered by the FHWA since 1971. It compiles the national standards for all traffic control devices, including road markings, highway signs, and traffic signals.

It is updated periodically to accommodate the nation's changing transportation needs and address new safety technologies, traffic control tools, and traffic management techniques. For more information on the MUTCD or to get more information on the uniform product specifications set by the Federal government, please visit https://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/