PREMARK Information & Specs

PreMark is a Preformed Thermoplastic that is available in 125 mil material for lines and 90 mil material for symbols, letters and logos.  It is one of two types of preformed thermoplastic available in the US.  Hot Tape is the other. It is a “top heat” only product meaning that you are not required to preheat the surface to a specific temperature.  (Note – warming the surface with a torch prior to installation is recommended to dry out any moisture) This product also features heat indentions on the top to let you know when the material has been properly melted.  To install this product on asphalt you simply lay it down on the surface and heat it from the top until the built in indentions fill in.  To install on cement or concrete you prime first with a one part primer and then lay the material down and melt it.  After installing you do a chisel test to verify the material is adhered.

The major advantage of this product is simplicity.  It is easy to install and if done properly should always give consistent results.  An installer needs only basic training to put the product down.

Pros

  • PreMark does not require the surface to be preheated to a specific temperature.  Hot Tape does. Because of this, PreMark is simpler to install.  Especially on asphalt.
  • PreMark has indentions in the surface that fill in as the material is melted. This helps the installer know when enough heat has been used and the product is melted properly.
  • PreMark is thicker (125 mil lines) and will last longer.
  • Because PreMark is a top heat only product, you can lay out your material or lines all at one time and heat as you go.

Cons

  • Primer must be used on cement or concrete.  (not needed with Hot Tape) Does not require primer on asphalt.
  • Not available in rolls.  Only in flats or strips.  Each strip is 3 feet long.  Shipped in flat packs.
  • Slightly more expensive than Hot Tape
  • Because PreMark is thicker it takes a little longer to melt through.

 

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PREMARK Installation Instructions

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

PreMark Preformed Thermoplastic Pavement Markings

SURFACE APPLICATION, GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Equipment:

• Flint 2000EX™, or equivalent propane fueled torch with pressure regulator and 25 ft. of hose

• Gas Powered Blower or Broom • Tape Measure • Chalk Sticks and Chalk Snap Line • Utility Knife, Putty Knife • Adequate Supply of Propane • Hammer and Chisel

• Paint roller (for sealer applications only) • Water sprayer (optional)

Moisture:

Pavement must be dry prior to positioning the PreMark® material.

Surface:

Surface must be free of dirt, dust, deicing agents, chemicals and significant oily substances. PreMark® can be applied on asphalt, portland cement concrete (in conjunction with PreMark® sealer), and new, or old thermoplastic. Portland cement concrete must be free of all curing compounds. When applying on old thermoplastic scrape off any loose material and remove the oxidized (powdery) layer by grinding the surface, or heating the surface and scraping off the oxidized layer to expose fresh material. Do not apply on top of paint or cold plastic.

Material:

Keep PreMark® dry at all times. Avoid extreme storage temperatures. PreMark® should be stored indoors at temperatures between 35° F. and 90° F. Packages should be stored flat and stacked a maximum of 25 high. PreMark® should be handled with care in temperatures below 50° F, as it will be less flexible in colder weather. Shelf life is 12 months. PreMark® sealer should be used for applications on non-bituminous pavements.

Temperature:

PreMark® does not have any road or ambient temperature requirements.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

Protective clothing, consisting of leather boots, or work shoes, long pants, gloves, and either safety goggles or a face shield, and a safety vest should be worn while applying PreMark®. Avoid all contact with the molten PreMark® material and Flint 2000 EX® heat torch flame. If you do get molten material on your skin, flush the area immediately with plenty of water and then seek medical attention. Do not attempt to pull the molten material off of your skin. In the event of accidental skin contact with the sealer wash contaminated skin with soap and water and remove contaminated clothes immediately. In the event of accidental sealer contact with the eyes, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes; remove contact lenses; call a physician.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION ON ASPHALT:

1.

Clean intended application area thoroughly. All loose particles, sand, dust, etc. must be removed. Utilize a power blower or compressed air if available, otherwise sweep completely.

2.

Ensure that no moisture is present prior to positioning the PreMark® material on the pavement surface. Surface moisture is not often visible so you should assume that some moisture is present. Remove moisture by drying the application area with a propane fueled torch such as the Flint 2000 EX.

3.

Position all connecting parts of the PreMark® (lines, legends, or symbols) on to the pavement surface with the exposed beaded side up. There should be no gaps between the adjoining segments. You may overlap the edges slightly. Check to ensure that proper layout and alignment is obtained before heating the material.

4.

Prepare to heat the PreMark® by positioning yourself with the wind at your back as you face the marking. This will allow the wind to move the heat over the unheated portion of the material while at the same time keeping the heat away from your feet. Regularly spaced indents have been manufactured into the top surface of the PreMark® material. The closing of these indents will provide a visual cue during application that the material has reached a molten state and proper bead embedment has been achieved. The PreMark® material must be heated to its melting temperature to achieve a bond with the pavement. Insufficient heat will result in inadequate bonding and failure.

For enhanced skid/slip resistance, Flint Trading, Inc. recommends using PreMark® with ViziGrip®

in areas with pedestrian/cyclist traffic such as crosswalks, bike paths, and parking facilities. PreMark®

5.

Heat the PreMark® by moving the flame from your torch in a sweeping motion, approximately 2 feet wide. Heat slowly, but steadily keeping the nozzle of the torch about 4 to 8 inches above the material. Caution: Maintain a minimum distance of 4 inches between the torch nozzle and the material. Any closer will cause superficial scorching of the material without adequate melting throughout. Continue to heat the PreMark® until the indents close. At this point stop the heating process. Overheating the material will sink the top coating of beads into the PreMark® material and the resulting marking will be less retroreflective initially. Note: The organic pigment in yellow PreMark® is susceptible to a superficial color change if exposed to excessive heat. Very intense heat applied to yellow PreMark® will yield a deep orange color. This color change affects the topmost layer of material only. Normal traffic wear will expose the underlying yellow color.

6.

Inspect the recently applied PreMark® to ensure that complete bonding has occurred over the entire area. After the PreMark® has cooled to near ambient temperature, cut an area in the interior of the material with a chisel where it appears the material has received the least amount of heat. For white PreMark® this will appear the whitest in color. If the material can be lifted without evidence of asphalt on the underside, insufficient heat has been applied. Simply reapply heat until adequate bonding has occurred. Note: Do not leave the project until a sufficient bond has been established. Attempts to reheat at a later date will be unsuccessful.

7.

PreMark® is formulated with surface applied and intermixed glass beads to provide both high initial retroreflectivity and better visibility throughout its service life. PreMark® can be supplied without pre-applied surface beads. When this happens beads must be applied to the surface during application while the material is in the molten state to provide adequate initial retroreflectivity. This is also a very important step in obtaining the required skid resistance.

8.

PreMark® will cool and set rapidly within a couple of minutes of application. If desired, setting time can be accelerated with a spray of cool water.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION ON NON-BITUMINOUS SURFACES (such as cement or concrete) :

1.

Follow steps 1 and 2 as stated for application on asphalt. Note: Worn, polished concrete should be ground or milled so the surface becomes rough.

2.

Delineate the area to receive the PreMark® using a chalk line, chalk or crayon. Once the marking has been traced, or the area delineated, remove the marking from the pavement.

3.

Apply sealer approved for use with PreMark® to areas outlined in chalk or crayon. Allow it to dry until it will not transfer to the finger when touched. The more porous the surface, the more sealer is required. Caution: Do not attempt to speed up the drying process by using an open flame as the sealer is flammable at this stage. Remember: It is important to cover the entire area with sealer where the PreMark® will be applied.

4.

Continue with Steps 3 through 6 as stated above under “Instruction for Application on Asphalt” until application is complete. Note: When trying to lift the recently applied PreMark® material (step 6) off of the non-bituminous surface it is unlikely that any part of the pavement will be lifted up (with the PreMark®). Adequate bonding has occurred if the PreMark® separates and part of the PreMark® remains stuck to the pavement.

NOTES:

Closed indents act as a post-application visual cue that the application procedures have been followed.

PreMark® is compatible with asphalt and concrete surfaces and can be applied on special surfaces, i.e., bricks and cobble stones, using an approved sealer.

Do not allow 2 pieces of PreMark® to remain in direct contact with each other, as they will bond together especially in hot weather. Use the plastic separation sheets to avoid this situation.

You can “cut and paste” with PreMark®. Use a knife to score the material and carefully break it along the score. In warm weather you can use scissors. Don’t throw or drop PreMark® in lower temperatures, as it will be less flexible in colder weather.

Oil impervious PreMark® can be applied immediately after completion of daily paving operations.

Dispose of all m accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

 

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PREMARK Installation Video

INSTALLATION VIDEO FOR PREMARK PREFORMED THERMOPLASTIC PAVEMENT STRIPING


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How Preformed Thermoplastic Works – Bonds to Asphalt / Cement

How Preformed Thermoplastic Works and Bonds to Asphalt and Cement Surfaces

The purpose of this article is to explain how thermoplastic works and how it bonds to surfaces.  By understanding how this product works it will help you in determining if thermoplastic will meet your needs and perform as expected.  It will also help you to understand why the steps taken during installation are necessary.

By definition, thermoplastic is a plastic that when hot turns into a liquid and when cool hardens into a solid. It has a multitude of applications because of this characteristic.  In general, the majority of preformed thermoplastics as well as regular thermoplastics are made up of Alkyd Resins, Polymers, Fillers, Glass Beads for reflectivity and Pigments for color.  The main ingredient is the Alkyd Resin.  The other ingredients add desirable characteristics to the product such as wear resistance, reflectivity and color.

For the most part, the bond that thermoplastic makes is a mechanical bond which simply means it grabs the surface and holds on much like a rock climber looks for crevices to grab while climbing.  On certain surfaces an additional bond is achieved when the hot thermoplastic and the hot surface actually melt and mix together creating more of a cohesive bond.  As stated before, the material becomes liquid when hot.  When it is in this state it fills in every pore, crack and crevice of the surface that it is on.  When it cools it is locked into place.  In the sections below this will be covered in more detail.

PREMARK Preformed Thermoplastic

PreMark is a top heat only product meaning that it is not necessary to preheat the surface to a predetermined temperature to install the product.  Instead, you simply warm the surface to dry it, lay down your pieces and heat from the top.  When it cools it is ready for traffic.  With the PreMark product you can lay out all your pieces at one time and then apply heat.  This makes applying the material easier when doing long runs.


Premark on Asphalt

On asphalt, Premark becomes a hot liquid when heated to around 300 degrees.  Since the bitumen in asphalt has a similar melt point the two materials tend to melt together.  Premark also conforms to every nook and crevice and creates a mechanical bond as well. (see diagram above)

Premark on Concrete or Cement

On cement a primer is used first.  The primer is made up of an acrylic resin in a solvent carrier.  When applied to porous cement it penetrates the surface and carries the acrylic with it.  It dries quickly and leaves a layer of acrylic on both the surface and beneath the surface.  Then the Premark is positioned and heated just like it would be on asphalt.  The hot thermoplastic melts together with the acrylic to form a bond similar to the one you would get with the bitumen in asphalt.  Additionally, the material fills all pores and crevices and creates a mechanical bond as well.

Note – Thermoplastic does not perform well on smooth, non porous concrete. To test, put a teaspoon of water on the surface. If it soaks in the thermoplastic should bond.  If not it needs to be ground or scarified so that it is porous.

HOT TAPE Preformed Thermoplastic

Hot Tape is a preheat product meaning that it is necessary to preheat the surface to a predetermined temperature to install the product. This temperature is 300 degrees.  The main feature of this product is that no primer is needed on cement or concrete. To apply you simply heat the surface to 300 degrees, lay down your pieces and continue to heat from the top until the material is melted. Then let it cool.  With this product you would apply the material in stages since it is not possible to heat the entire area at one time.

On asphalt, Hot Tape becomes a hot liquid when heated to around 300 degrees. With this product the preheated asphalt provides the initial heat that begins to melt the thermoplastic from the bottom up.  Then heat is applied to the top to finish out the melting process. Since the bitumen in asphalt has a similar melt point the two materials tend to melt together.  Hot Tape also conforms to every nook and crevice and creates a mechanical bond as well. (see diagram above)

On cement or concrete no primer is required for Hot Tape.  The application method is the same as with asphalt surfaces.  The hot thermoplastic achieves a low viscosity and seeps into the pours and crevices of the concrete or cement surface to create a mechanical bond.  An infrared thermometer is used to monitor the temperature.  This is especially important on concrete as you do not want to over heat.

Note – Thermoplastic does not perform well on smooth, non porous concrete. To test, put a teaspoon of water on the surface. If it soaks in the thermoplastic should bond.  If not it needs to be ground or scarified so that it is porous.

Important – After applying either product it is important to do a chisel test.  Simply take a chisel or wide screwdriver and chisel up a small piece of the material from the middle.  If you see asphalt on the back of the material you have a good bond.  On cement you should see where some of the thermoplastic is still on the cement.  If your test is postive then just remelt the test area with your torch.   If you do not have a good bond you should heat more until you do.


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Preformed Thermoplastic Road Striping Versus Machine Applied Thermoplastic

Preformed thermoplastic and Machine applied thermoplastic both have advantages and disadvantages.  Each excels in certain applications.  The actual composition of each is very close although preformed generally contains a few extra ingredients.

Preformed Thermoplastic

Preformed thermoplastic is created in a factory controlled environment using alkyd resins, special polymers and additives introduced to enhance the final product. Because of this the quality is high and consistent.  When applying preformed thermoplastic the surface is either warmed to dry it or heated to a higher temperature as part of the installation process.  In both cases the drying process removes any moisture issues creating a more dependable bond.   Since preformed applications are generally smaller the application area is more likely to be cleaned when the product is applied.  This also improves the bond. Letters and logos can be applied with no stencil required and because glass beads are already in and on the material, additional glass beads are not required.  Both of these features save time.

Overall, preformed thermoplastic is ideal for smaller jobs where it is not cost effective or desirable to have a large crew and expensive equipment on site.  What a crew with $200,000 in equipment could do at an intersection with machine applied thermoplastic, one man could do with preformed thermoplastic and a torch.  The clean up for a preformed job is almost no issue.  Just throw away the boxes the thermoplastic came in and put up your torch.

One last consideration is that preformed seems to do better on cement and concrete surfaces.  This is mostly due to the formulation of the product.

Pros of Preformed -

  1. Quick and easy to apply
  2. Small crew needed.
  3. High success rate on asphalt and concrete
  4. Consistent quality and color
  5. Glass beads already in the product
  6. No stencils required
  7. Available with non skid built in

Cons of Preformed -

  1. Expense per linear foot
  2. Not practical for large jobs

Machine Applied Thermoplastic

Standard machine applied thermoplastic is taken from a bag, melted, and then poured into a second machine that applies the material via a die that creates the lines. To set up for a job takes several hours mainly because of the time that it takes to melt the material.  Roads are generally not preheated and not always cleaned since large areas are often involved.  Applying also takes a crew of people to handle traffic and the heavy equipment.  With this being said, once everything is set up the application rate for standard thermoplastic far exceeds the application rate for preformed.

For larger jobs that involve hundreds or thousands of linear feet of striping, machine applied thermoplastic is going to be superior to preformed.  Also, for large jobs the material cost per foot for standard melt and pour thermoplastic is going to be cheaper.

If you already own the equipment necessary to apply melt and pour thermo you will probably lean towards using that method in as many situations as possible.  However, even in this situation preformed would be the choice if the job was small just because of time savings.  Cleaning up the equipment is also a consideration for this can often take as long as setting it up.

Pros of Machine Applied Thermoplastic -

  1. Quicker application on large jobs
  2. High success rate on asphalt
  3. Cheaper per linear foot for material

Cons of Machine Applied Thermoplastic -

  1. Long set up time
  2. Larger crew needed
  3. Expensive equipment needed
  4. Longer cleanup time
  5. Stencils needed for letters and logos
  6. Separate application of glass beads required

Summary

Thermoplastic is superior and will outlast any other type of striping.  This applies to both preformed and melt and pour.  The real difference is the amount of time the job will take.  Small jobs go quicker with preformed whereas large jobs would go quicker with standard machine applied thermoplastic.  Preformed is going to cost more per pound than raw thermoplastic but the time savings more than offsets the cost difference on small to medium size jobs.

 

 

 

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PreMark Handicap Symbols / Logos / Legends

PreMark Handicap Symbols

Click for Instructions , Video and Product Drawings

90 Mils

Nonskid

*PreMark Sealer Required for Concrete but is not required on asphalt applications.

Shipping – Pallet / Freight Line

Lead – 5 to 7 Business Days



  • 28″ Handicap Symbol – man only
  • 5 per pack
  • FHWA/ADA

$360.00 / pack – WHITE

$360.00 / pack – BLUE


  • 39″ Handicap Symbol – man only
  • 5 per pack

$458.00 / pack – WHITE


  • 40″ x 40″ Handicap Kit
  • WHITE on BLUE
  • 2 per pack
  • FHWA/ADA

$340.00 / pack


  • 45″ x 45″ Handicap Kit
  • WHITE on BLUE
  • 2 per pack
  • Caltrans (Calif.)

$413.00 / pack


  • 48″ x 48″
  • WHITE on BLUE
  • 2 per pack

$434.00 / pack


  • 4″ x 3′ Lines
  • 90 mil
  • 90 linear feet ( 30 pieces)
  • 3 cases minimum when ordered without other items

$234.00 / case


*PreMark Sealer required for concrete applications, NOT required for asphalt applications.

$95.00 – Gallon (approximately 150 sf coverage)

$400.00 – 5 Gallons (approximately 750 sf coverage)


$950.00 – 5″ Flint 2000EX Heat Torch (cylinder not included)

$200.00 – Flint 2000EX Trolley (For 20-40 lb. cylinder)

Propane tanks can be purchased at a local welding supply company.


Freight – Estimated shipping to U.S. continental destinations only.  The following information is provided as a courtesy for general estimating purposes.  The number of pallets and weight of each pallet, as well as, the delivery location will determine the actual shipping cost.  Please contact Cole Farms, Inc for firm shipping quotes.

Pallet – 2000 lb capacity

Lead time – 5 to 7 Business Days

  • $150.00 -$175.00 – States in the Eastern Time Zone (except Florida)
  • $150.00 – $175.00 – States in the Central Time Zone that are east of the Mississippi River (except Florida)
  • $175.00 – $200.00 – States in the Central Time Zone west of the Mississippi River
  • $200.00 – $225.00 – Florida (FL is very expensive to ship to)
  • $250.00 – States in the Mountain Time Zone
  • $250.00 – $300.00 States in the Pacific Time Zone
  • Call for Quotes – AK and HI


For assistance please call:

Steve Cole or

Staci Cole

Cole Farms, Inc

1610 Guam Lane

Gulf Breeze, FL  32563

Tel:  850.934.3157

Fax:  888-789-5422

[email protected]



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Preformed Thermoplastic Rumble Bars / Rumble Speed Strips

PreMark Preformed Thermoplastic Rumble Bars

Single and Double Kits Available

Click for Instructions, Specifications, or Product Drawings

Base – 125 Mil

Bar – 250 Mil

Reflective

*PreMark Sealer Required for Concrete but is not required on asphalt applications*

Shipping – Pallet / Freight Line

Lead – 5 to 7 Business Days

3 Kit Minimum Order

 



 

Single (RB) Rumble Bar Kits

RB – Rumble Bar Kits (includes non-beaded bases + bars for proper application)

 

$196.00 per kit – WHITE Single RB Kit

  • 12 bases + 12 bars
  • 4″ x 3′ base – WHITE
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – WHITE
  • 36 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

 

$200.00 per kit – BLACK Single RB Kit

  • 12 bases + 12 bars
  • 4″ x 3′ base – BLACK
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – BLACK
  • 36 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

   

$200.00 per kit – YELLOW Single RB Kit

  • 12 bases + 12 bars
  • 4″ x 3′ base – YELLOW
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – YELLOW
  • 36 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

 

 $198.00 per kit – BLACK base / WHITE bar Single RB Kit

  • 12 bases + 12 bars
  • 4″ x 3′ base – BLACK
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – WHITE
  • 36 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

 


 

DOUBLE (RB) Rumble Bar Kits

RB – Rumble Bar Kits (includes non-beaded bases + bars for proper application)


$196.00 per kit – WHITE Double RB Kit

  • 6 bases + 12 bars
  • 8″ x 3′ base – WHITE
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – WHITE
  • 18 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

   

$200.00 per kit – BLACK Double RB Kit

  • 6 bases + 12 bars
  • 8″ x 3′ base – BLACK
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – BLACK
  • 18 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

   

$200.00 per kit – YELLOW Double RB Kit

  • 6 bases + 12 bars
  • 8″ x 3′ base – YELLOW
  • 2′ x 3′ bar – YELLOW
  • 18 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

   

$198.00 per kit – BLACK Base / WHITE Bar Double RB Kit

  • 6 bases + 12 bars
  • 8″ x 3′ base – BLACK
  • 2″ x 3′ bar – WHITE
  • 18 Linear Feet
  • 250 mil bar

   


 

PreMark Sealer required for concrete applications, NOT required for asphalt applications.

$95.00 – Gallon (approximately 150 sf coverage)

$400.00 – 5 Gallons (approximately 750 sf coverage)

 


 

$950.00 – 5″ Flint 2000EX Heat Torch (cylinder not included)

$200.00 – Flint 2000EX Trolley (For 20-40 lb. cylinder)

*Propane cylinder can be purchased at a local welding supply company.

 


 

Freight – Estimated shipping to U.S. continental destinations only.  The following information is provided as a courtesy for general estimating purposes.  The number of pallets and weight of each pallet, as well as, the delivery location will determine the actual shipping cost.  Please contact Cole Farms, Inc for firm shipping quotes.

Pallet – 2000 lb capacity

Lead time – 5 to 7 Business Days

  • $150.00 – $175.00 – States in the Eastern Time Zone (except Florida)
  • $150.00 – $175.00 – States in the Central Time Zone that are east of the Mississippi River (except Florida)
  • $175.00 $200.00 – States in the Central Time Zone west of the Mississippi River
  • $200.00 -$225.00 – Florida (FL is very expensive to ship to)
  • $250.00 – States in the Mountain Time Zone
  • $250.00 – $300.00 States in the Pacific Time Zone
  • Call for Quotes – AK and HI


For assistance please call:

Steve Cole or

Staci Cole

Cole Farms, Inc

1610 Guam Lane

Gulf Breeze, FL  32563

Tel:  850.934.3157

Fax:  888-789-5422

[email protected]



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