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What is the difference between hot and cold line marking?

Line marking is critical for safely managing the flow of traffic and pedestrians. There are lots of paints suited to the job of white lining and road marking; this blog looks at the difference between hot and cold line marking techniques.

An introduction to hot line marking 

Hot line marking is a robust method for delineating spaces. The technique uses molten thermoplastic materials to create durable and highly visible markings.

Known for its longevity and resilience, hot line marking is popular in construction, airports, and other places where clearly defined markings are crucial.

This type of marking paint has several benefits:

  • Durability: Hot line marking paint is known for being robust and durable. Once applied, it forms a solid and long-lasting bond with the surface, ensuring the markings withstand heavy traffic and harsh weather conditions.
  • Visibility: Molten thermoplastic material creates highly visible and reflective markings. This increased visibility is crucial for safety, especially on roads, parking lots, and other areas where clear demarcation is essential.
  • Quick drying: Hot line marking paint dries quickly, allowing for efficient application. This is especially beneficial for minimising downtime or road closures.
  • Low maintenance: Thermoplastic paint requires minimal maintenance. Its durability reduces the need for frequent reapplication, saving time and resources over the long term.

An introduction to cold line marking

Cold line marking is a versatile line marking technique that involves applying paints or thermoplastics at ambient temperatures.

It’s known for its quick drying time and adaptability to weather conditions. This type of road marking paint is typically used when a more rapid application process is essential.

The benefits of cold line marking include:

  • Quick application and drying: Cold line marking is known for its rapid application and drying process. This reduces downtime and inconvenience in parking lots, warehouses, or facilities where prompt markings are essential.
  • Adaptability: Cold line marking paint is formulated to withstand various weather conditions. Its ability to adhere to surfaces in both cold and mild temperatures makes it a versatile choice.
  • Cost-effectiveness: The materials used in cold line marking typically cost less than thermoplastic materials. Additionally, its quick application can lead to reduced labour costs, making this a budget-friendly solution for projects with constraints on time and resources.

The difference between hot and cold line marking

Hot and cold line marking uses different paint application techniques. Cold line marking paint is used at ambient temperatures, while hot marking paint is applied to the road’s surface after heating.

Hot line marking paint forms a durable bond with the road, making this paint popular in high-traffic areas. Conversely, cold line marking paint is quick to apply and dry, which makes it a cost-effective option for projects that require a quick turnaround.

Read more about the different types of road marking paint.

Post author
Darren Riggott
Date of blog post
8 January 2024

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