Traffic marking is the process in which professional contractors utilize paint or other materials to create distinct markings on roads and highways. These markings can range from anywhere between long straight lines that make up traffic lanes to more intricate designs such as turn lane arrows and letters to make words like STOP and TURN. There are numerous different ways in which traffic marking is accomplished, from using machines to simple hand tools.
Traffic marking for straight lines to create traffic lanes is almost always done with a machine known as a sprayer. This sprayer will hold paint inside of a drum which it will then funnel through a tube and out a nozzle, onto the pavement surface. This machine is perfect for obtaining a straight and even coating on roads and is relatively easy to use. A sprayer just requires an operator to push it at an even pace to achieve the evenest layer possible. A sprayer may also come in larger, truck sized, models that are almost exclusively used by professional traffic marking contractors for use on long stretches of road and highway. This sprayer is known as a Striper and can carry upwards of 100 gallons of paint in the drum it carries on its back which it sprays in a fashion similar to that of a rudimentary sprayer. The Striper requires a bit more knowledge and experience to operate as compared to other types of sprayers and is seldom used by inexperienced contractors.
Another way to obtain striped traffic marking is to utilize a special form of tape. This tape is employed to create straight traffic lines quickly and without the need to purchase a sprayer. However, this tape is not meant for use on long stretches of road or highway and tends to be used sparingly.
Beyond straight lines to make traffic lanes, traffic marking can also be used to create more intricate designs like words and turn lane arrows. These designs are made utilizing a stencil, such as these stencils available from Pavement Planet, and a can of spray paint that is used to draw out the pattern. These designs tend not to have the same lasting power as the regular stripes and tend to fade in visibility at a faster rate than other forms of traffic marking. These markings come in some different shapes and sizes and can be applied in a myriad of different ways as well.
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