TWO COMPONENT FIELD ACTIVATED COLD PLASTIC PAINT MMA
The two components field activated paint consists of cold plastic paint and curing agent. When marking, the two components are mixed immediately before application to form the pavement marking. The service life of two component pavement marking normally ranges between 3 and 5 years based on traffic volumes.
High traffic areas should be painted with cold plastic MMA paint that can hold up longer without repainting. It is significantly more expensive but is the only durable solution that will work out in such an area. It is used on all roads to paint the crosswalks.
You can see on the graph below showing MMA paint is superior to solvent based traffic paint.
RATIONALE BEHIND CHOOSING COLD PLASTIC OVER THERMOPLASTIC
Cold Plastic and Thermoplastic are both considered durable markings. Their use is interchangeable. There are a number of problems that often occur with thermoplastic applications, limiting their useful lifecycle, that range from cracking and cratering to delamination and discoloring. It is also less resistible for snowplowing.