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A Guide to Line Marking Paints

A Guide to Line Marking Paints

  • Line marking paints vary depending on the project requirements, with water-based polyurethane paints suitable for indoor sports halls due to their adhesive and anti-slip properties.
  • Acrylic line marking paints are versatile and suitable for various projects including warehouses, factories, and car parks, known for their hardwearing and fast-drying characteristics.
  • Thermoplastic road marking paint is commonly used for road marking applications, offering anti-skid properties and quick drying times, making it ideal for minimizing traffic disruption.

One of the most important steps that you have to take when starting any line marking project is getting the right paint for the job.

There are many different types of line marking paints out there, some which are better suited for indoor jobs, some for outdoors, and so on.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the most commonly used line marking paints and detailing which should be used where.

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Water-based line paints

If you are looking for a good type of line marking paint for a sports hall or indoor activity project, then you should probably take a look at a water-based polyurethane line marking paint. These types of paints are designed almost exclusively to be applied to wood, PVC and rubber, and offer the perfect finish.

One of the main reasons why these water-based paints work so well in a sports hall environment is because the adhesive qualities are second to none.

They also have anti-slip properties, meaning there’s a very low chance that people taking part will be able to injure themselves when passing over the lines.

Acrylic line marking paints

Acrylic line marking paints are very versatile and can be used for a variety of different line marking projects, such as warehouses, factories and even car parks.

Acrylic paint is used so widely primarily because it’s hardwearing and fast drying.

It can be used for both interior and exterior applications, too.

There are lots of different acrylic line marking paints on the market, meaning that you won’t struggle to find the right one for the job at hand.

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Thermoplastic road marking paint

Thermoplastic paint is one of the most commonly used paints in the UK when it comes to road marking applications, and comes in a wide variety of different colours.

In order to give thermoplastic paint anti-skid properties, many paints now include reflective glass beads to increase friction when tyres pass over.

Thermoplastic paint is very quick drying too, which means that cars will be able to drive over it just a few minutes after it’s been applied, perfect for projects where traffic disruption needs to be kept to a minimum.

Thermoplastic paint is applied to roads using a road marking machine that includes a metal kettle to ensure the paint is constantly melting and ready to be applied.

This is different to acrylic paint, which can be applied in a variety of different ways, even by hand brush.

If you’re looking for a leading line marking company that’s based in the Manchester area, look no further than the team here at Northern Marking.

We’re a local council approved line marking company and we’ve worked on many different projects in the local area, so you know that you’re in safe hands with us. 

Northern Marking is based in Manchester, but provides services to clients in the following areas; Huddersfield, Blackburn, Rochdale, Preston and beyond. Northern Marking is a leading road marking company, providing the following services; line marking, school & playground markings, warehouse markings, electric car parking space marking, line removal, white lining and car park markings.

If you have any questions about line marking paints that you would like to ask us, or you have a line marking project on the horizon that you think you could use some help with, just give us a call, we’re always happy to help.

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