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Archive for April, 2017

Why are pavement markings removed?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Work zones with changing traffic patterns require frequent marking and remarking as the lanes are reconfigured. Pavement markings must be removed when they are no longer required for the safe navigation of the pavement surface. The marking removal work must be done without damaging the pavement surface or  texture.

Why are pavement markings removed?

Thermoplastic pavement marking on asphalt removal by SMITH X3 Rotary Dry Eraser

Pavement striping is a much easier task than removal. 

The reason removal is difficult is due to the various types of pavement surface coarse compositions that stripes are applied to. These porous and non-porous surfaces will absorb the applied pavement markings deep into the surface. The deeper the markings are applied, the more difficult it is to remove the markings without altering the pavement surface texture or color.  

Typically contractors use sharp-edge grinding or blasting equipment to remove the former marking. These methods leave a surface scar that becomes visible under various lighting and weather conditions. When the surface is scarred, the removed stripe becomes more visible to drivers than the new marking.

Bevel-edge scrapers and dry-erasers or water blasters can be used to remove the markings without causing sharp-edge grooving. These machines will remove in a wider area to blend the former stripe with the outlying surface so the area does not appear as the former marking in any lighting or weather condition. When using this type of removal process, the former marking colors and texture will gradually blend with time and traffic conditions.  

The photos depict the removal of a newly applied thermoplastic pavement markings recently applied on a newly paved asphalt surface. The equipment selection was the SMITH X3 Dry Rotary Eraser. The photos were taken before, during and after the work was completed.

The work required that the markings be removed without damaging the pavement surface or the pavement texture. The operator removed 90% of the markings leaving a faint outline of the former marking. 100% marking removal was rejected by the engineer because it required that a larger area of the pavement surface would have to be removed. The engineer set limits knowing that the remaining markings will be blended in time with traffic and environmental conditions. 

If you would like the details, please contact SMITH 

Distributor Locator – a New Website Service

Monday, April 17th, 2017
 distributor locator
SMITH is offering a new website service called Distributor Locator!
The service is available to top tier pavement maintenance and concrete flooring maintenance distributors, resellers and rental companies that partner with SMITH. It is designed to increase traffic to our Distributor’s storefront and make it fast and easy for surface-prep customers to find an authorized SMITH Reseller. You can find the page here.
If you would like to participate in this program, please complete the form below. After completion, you will be notified with posting details. Should you have questions about the program, please contact us here.
About Surface-Prep Customers:
The surface-prep customer is looking to purchase SMITH products in close proximity to their jobs. They will seek out best in class resellers that stock, promote, sell and service the SMITH brand.

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