The Most Common Types of Road Paints

Road surface markings refer to any marks on roads and pavements that convey official information, which is useful for drivers and pedestrians. They are applied using a variety of road marking paints.

The type of road paint to be used on a certain project depends on several conditions, including required drying time, amount of traffic, and road surface type. An expert in road line painting for highways and high-density urban road marking projects can easily determine which type of paint is best suited for the job at hand.

types of road marking paint

Here are some of the common types of road paints available:

Water-Based Road Paint

This is a bright and highly visible type of traffic paint that features low-profile and anti-slip properties. These characteristics make this type of paint ideal for parking lots and other light traffic areas, such as airfield runways and racetracks, where no foreign object debris should be on the surface. Glass beads can be added to this paint to increase reflectivity.

Another benefit to using water-based road paint is that it has smaller environmental footprints, meaning that it is more eco-friendly compared to other types of road paint. This also comes in a wide range of colors, making customization much easier.

Acetone Road Paint

Some road painting projects have strict VOC (volatile organic compound) regulations that every contractor must follow. To comply with these regulations, one can use acetone road paint, which is extremely low in VOCs. This solvent-based paint is exempt by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from adversely affecting the VOC of the surface’s coating.

This type of road paint is extremely durable and greatly adherent to various substrates. It is best used on cured asphalt surfaces and ideal for marking roadways, airports, parking lots, and other high-traffic areas. Glass beads can also be added to acetone road paint to improve visibility.

Chlorinated Rubber Paint

Chlorinated rubber paint is the most suitable paint for road marking in harsh environments that often deal with harmful chemicals. It can easily be applied on asphalt and concrete roads.

This solvent-based paint is extremely hardy. It’s also fast drying, so there’s little to no downtime once it’s applied on the road.

Glass beads can also be added to this type of road paint to make it more visible at night.

Epoxy Paint

Another excellent paint choice for pavement marking is epoxy paint. Epoxy paint offers many advantages, but its durability is one of the main reasons why its frequently used in road painting operations. It also has no problem adhering to different surfaces while providing road users with high visibility.

These sturdy road paints can be used for road applications that must withstand the Philippines’ tropical weather with no problem. It can also resist a number of chemicals, including fuels and oils.


Methyl-Methacrylate (MMA) or Cold Plastic paint. Compared to thermoplastics, MMAs can be applied to road surfaces without needing to be heated. It can be painted by hand or spray painted.

Once the cold plastic paint has been applied to the surface, it has a plastic-like consistency that makes it extremely durable to wear and tear, weather changes, and chemicals. If applied and cured correctly, it can last for years to come.

Compared to other road paint options, MMA is lower in VOCs making it much more environmentally friendly. However, a drawback to MMAs is that they tend to come out much more expensive in comparison to other road paint types. It also needs a specialized mixing and application technique that can make or break the performance of this paint.

Latex Road Paint

Latex road paint is known for its fast-drying qualities. When heated, it can dry within 1 to 2 minutes after application.

The downside to this type of road paint is its durability. Most of the time, latex road markings only last for a year or two.

However, this does not mean that latex road paint is not useful. It is perfect for projects that require quick-drying paint. Additionally, glass beads can be added to the paint to make it retro-reflective.

Thermoplastic Road Paint

Lastly, thermoplastic road paint is the most favored of traffic paint that’s reflectorized because of its durability and gleam. Thermoplastic paint’s practical features and hard-wearing qualities make it ideal for newly paved roads that have high traffic and are in a place that experiences harsh weather conditions.

In the Philippines, highways, parking lots, and neighborhoods often use thermoplastic road paint because of its hardy qualities. Especially because the country weathers many typhoons and other calamities yearly, it’s crucial that road markings remain to minimize accidents on the road.

Local and national governments also favor the use of this type of paint because of its adhesive qualities, drying capabilities, and color-resistant properties, which is a result of the various aggregates that make up this type of reflective traffic paint.

Thermoplastic road paint is a made with an optimized ratio of binders, pigments, and glass beads. It starts off as a solid mix. As it is heated, it turns into a liquid then goes back to being a solid as it cools. Although thermoplastic road paint is more time-consuming to lay down, it is still worth the investment because it stands the test of time.

Let the Experts Do the Deciding

Although it may seem simple, choosing the right type of road paint for your project can be challenging. To ensure that you make the right decision, it is best to consult an expert regarding the matter.

Contact us at Rua Seguridad for more information.

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