Traffic & Road Marking

FASTRACK™ Technology: The Road Forward

Patented FASTRACK™ Quick-Set Technology accelerates the dry time of waterborne traffic paint, offering faster drying and faster return to service even under adverse conditions, such as low temperature, high humidity and low air movement. The technology wasdeveloped by Dow Coating Materials to facilitate the conversion from solventborne to waterborne traffic paint. It has helped road authorities around the world improve worker safety and dramatically reduce VOC emissions. Today, FASTRACK™ is the technology found at the intersection of traffic safety and more sustainable road striping.


Traffic Applications

  • Highways
  • Local roads
  • Intersections and crosswalks
  • Landing strips
  • Parking lots

How FASTRACK™ Technology Works

FASTRACK™ Waterborne Binders combine a durable acrylic backbone with a patentendquick-dry mechanism that resists wheel tracking and water washouts, protecting the integrity of the road stripe and the distribution of glass beads that are critical to nighttime retro-reflectivity.


Dry Speed

Road marking performance relies on how quickly the paint film dries in the seconds and minutes following application. Several lab testing methods have been developed to evaluate dry to no pickup time.

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Early Rain Resistance

Waterborne traffic paints must reach a surface dry and "dry-through" stage before they begin to withstand a rain shower. Evaluating early washout resistance in the lab can help to ensure long-lasting service on the road.

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Visibility

FASTRACK™ Quick-Dry Technology retains glass beads and retroreflectance longer than solventborne traffic markings, a feature validated by monitoring with a retroreflectometer that measures the low-angle reflectance of light off the beaded marking.

Durability

In road tests using transverse test lines to accelerate wear, waterborne markings based on FASTRACK™ Quick-Dry Technology have shown excellent durability over both asphalt and concrete road surfaces in a variety of climates. Even greater durability and longer life can be achieved with high-build applications based on FASTRACK™ HD-21A Polymer

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Sustainability Benefits

Greater User Safety

FASTRACK™ based paints contain 8 to 10 times less solvent than conventional traffic paint. They are not flammable, not hazardous and do not release high quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air.

Smaller Carbon Footprint

The carbon footprint of FASTRACK™ based paints is 25% to 60% lower than other road-marking technologies, including solventborne acrylics, thermoplastics and cold plastic as demonstrated by Life Cycle Assessment.

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Ease of Application

FASTRACK™ Technology can be applied with standard application equipment made of stainless steel without heating and without generating toxic waste.

Validated by Life Cycle Assessment

Dow is paving the way to more sustainable road marking with innovations informed by Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCAs tracks the environmental impact of products and services from cradle to grave, including impacts on water quality, air quality, resource consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions.

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