Comparison of Highway Striping Materials

Report No: 81-R7

Published in 1980

About the report:

This study was undertaken to investigate problems relating to the durability of pavement striping materials used by the Department. The research was limited to an evaluation of the durability and retroreflectance characteristics of selected paints, thermoplastics, and preformed tapes recommended by the Materials Division for use as centerline and edgeline striping. The report details the installation procedure and presents the results of the evaluation of the selected materials. Included is a recommendation that the state adopt a performance specification wherein suppliers would be required to submit their traffic paints for on the- road evaluation and the product exhibiting the best overall performance, considering general appearance, durability, night visibility, and cost, would be purchased.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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  •  Frank D. Shepard

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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