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We see line marking paint on the road every day, yet few realize how crucial it is for our safety. Those broken white lines separating one lane from the other. Those pedestrian crossovers with two parallel lines painted across. That solid yellow line on the side of the road. All of these are possible thanks to the technology and durability of line marking paint.

Line marking paints have different applications, and these include:

  • Solid white and yellow lines
  • Broken white and yellow lines
  • Stop lines
  • Pedestrian crosswalks
  • Arrow marks
  • Reserved lane markings
  • Bicycle lanes
  • Painted islands
  • Handicap parking signs
  • Speed control road markings and more

Different Line Marking Paints

Thermoplastic Paints

Thermoplastic paints are some of the most popular line striping paints in the market. They contain pigments (usually white and yellow), synthetic resin, and additives. Tiny reflective glass beads are added to the mixture to enhance its anti-skid properties.

Thermoplastic paint is a powder line paint that needs to be melted into a viscous fluid before it can be applied to the surface. This process takes place onsite, and the liquid is applied to the road using a special line striping machine.

Thermoplastic road markings are highly visible, reflective, and durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. Prepping the surface takes only a few steps, but the surface needs to be primed for the paint to adhere properly. The paint doesn't wear easily, but the material can be pricey compared to other types of line striping paints.


Oil-Based Paints

Oil-based paints are some of the oldest paints used for road markings. These paints are composed of pigments, resins, oils, and additives. 

There are two types of solvents used in this type of line marking paint: natural oils and synthetic (or alkyd) oils. For hundreds of years, natural oils (particularly linseed or flaxseed oil) were used as paint solvents. They were eventually replaced by more affordable synthetic or alkyd oils.

What's great about oil-based paints is that they won't fade or crack even in areas with high traffic. They are ideal for painting road markings in many cities in North America because they dry quickly and do not freeze come winter.

Oil-based paints can only be removed by paint thinner, a substance that releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause health hazards and damage to the environment. Work with a reputable line paint seller and know your city's health and safety regulations before using oil-based paints. 


Water-Based Paints

Last but not least is water-based or latex road marking paint. Just like other paints, water-based paints are composed of pigments, resins, and additives. What makes them different from other paints is that they use water as a solvent instead of oil.

Because they use water as a solvent, these line striping paints are safer to use. They are highly visible even in the dark and provide fantastic resistance to regular wear and tear. The paint is also resistant to UV light, so the lines don't crack or fade easily.

Water-based paints are not as harmful to the environment and people's health compared to oil-based ones as they release fewer VOCs into the air. They also dry quickly, so you can cover more area in one day.

But they also have their disadvantages. Water-based paints freeze easily and fade more quickly than oil-based ones. Uneven application can also be an issue if the painter is less experienced.


When it comes to parking lot lining, you have a few choices. Here at Action Seal, we offer latex marking paint or alkyd/oil-based marking paint, which is a low-VOC formulation. Both offer fast drying times, although the latex paint does dry faster. Both are available in five-gallon buckets and come in white, yellow and blue.

With the right line marking paint, you’ll have lines that stand the test of time, are very colorfast, and don’t require reapplication frequently.

If you want to know more about line paints or line striping machines, then give us a call toll-free at 1-(855)-554-4386 or send us a message via our website. You can also check out the Action Seal Facebook page for additional information about our products and services.


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