How Long Does Traffic Marking Paint Last? Guide for Safe Parking & Roadways

How Long Does Traffic Marking Paint Last? Guide for Safe Parking & Roadways

Have you ever noticed faded and worn-looking stripes and markings on the roads you drive on? Faded traffic paint can leave parking lots and roadways looking worn out and confusing. It’s a common frustration that businesses and organizations face when trying to maintain safe and orderly traffic flow. 

The problem often stems from using low-quality paint that simply can’t withstand daily wear and tear. At Transline Industries, Inc., we understand the challenges caused by short-lived traffic paint. For over thirty years, the companies that make up Transline have taken pride in providing exceptional products, like traffic marking paint, to the transportation industry. 

Our mission is to offer durable traffic control products and solutions that remain effective for years. 

That means you can say goodbye to faded lines and confusing parking lots. When you choose traffic marking paint from Transline, you can trust that your road markings will stay crisp and vibrant, even with heavy traffic and poor weather conditions. Keep reading to learn more about choosing the right paint for safer parking and roadways. 

Choosing the Right Paint for Traffic and Parking Lot Lines

Traffic marking paint is different from regular paint in a couple of ways. First, it must be highly reflective to keep it visible in various lighting conditions. Second, it must also be durable because it will constantly be exposed to traffic and weather conditions. 

Different types of traffic marking paints are tailored to specific applications. These uses include:

  • Roadways
  • Parking lots
  • Pedestrian crossings

Our range of traffic marking paints considers factors like traffic volume and environmental conditions so you can keep roadways safe and comply with all regulatory requirements as well. Let’s take a look at some of the different categories of paints we offer.

Water-based Acrylic Traffic Paint

Traffic Paint | Fast Dry Waterbase

Water-based acrylic traffic paint is particularly useful for situations requiring rapid application and minimal disruption to traffic flow, such as temporary lane markings or quick touch-ups.


  • Ideal for roadways, airports, and parking lots
  • Suitable for both airless and air-spray striping equipment


Fast Dry waterborne traffic paint dries quickly to a no-track condition in less than ten minutes at 77°F and 15 mils wet film thickness. It provides excellent retro-reflectivity when combined with the appropriate bead gradation. In addition, its high level of durability makes it perfect for high-traffic areas because it maintains visibility and integrity over time.


Water-based acrylic traffic paint can last between 1-3 years before requiring reapplication. 

Oil-based (Alkyd) Traffic Paint

Red Regular Dry Alkyd Paint

Alkyd oil-based traffic paint stands out for its versatility. There are various paint color options, and the paint provides exceptional durability across different surfaces. These factors make it a preferred choice for many traffic marking projects.


  • Suitable for a wide range of applications, including highway markings, school zones, sports facilities, and private roadways.
  • Specifically formulated for long-lasting durability and color retention on both concrete and asphalt surfaces.


Oil-based traffic paint is well-known for its longevity. It provides reliable performance even in high-traffic areas. It also offers excellent color retention even under harsh environmental conditions.

It has a rapid drying time of less than 15 minutes. This makes it ideal for situations where roadways can’t be shut down for a long period of time. 


This paint can last up to several years.

Epoxy Traffic Paint

Traffic Paint | High Build

Epoxy Traffic Paint stands out for its reflectivity. That makes it an excellent choice for projects where visibility is important. Major highways, airports, and industrial facilities can use epoxy traffic paint.


  • Due to the flexible nature of the paint, it’s ideal for areas where road surfaces undergo temperature variations.
  • Its consistency enables thicker application, allowing for the use of larger glass beads, which improves retroreflectivity and reduces no-track time.
  • Compatible with virtually all airless and conventional paint stripers so that you can use various application methods.


This traffic paint is the most durable and reflective waterborne traffic paint available, making it suitable for demanding environments. It also meets Type III specifications, indicating its high level of durability and performance.


On average, epoxy paint can last anywhere between 3 to 7 years.

Chlorinated Rubber Traffic Paint

Traffic Paint | Chlorinated Rubber

Chlorinated rubber traffic paint stands out for its quick dry times and vibrant colors. This paint adheres great to many different types of surfaces, including asphalt and concrete. Because of its chemical resistance, you’ll find this paint commonly used in airports and industrial zones. 


  • Ideal for creating vibrant and durable lines that resist fading, even under sunlight exposure.


Chlorinated rubber traffic paint offers quick dry times of approximately 15 minutes at 77°F and 15 mils wet film thickness. It’s extremely durable in various weather conditions and has long-lasting visibility. 

The lead-free formulation complies with all state specifications and federal regulations and it’s compatible with adding glass beads to enhance visibility and reflectivity, especially in low-light conditions.


You can expect between 2 to 5 years out of this paint before requiring reapplication.

Acrylic Copolymer Traffic Paint 

armadillo paint

Acrylic Copolymer traffic paint dries quickly, is easy to apply, and is very durable. That makes it a common choice for pavement marking projects in areas with heavy traffic.  


  • Ideal for a variety of applications, including striping parking lots, crosswalks, streets, and warehouse floors.
  • Designed to withstand heavy foot and vehicle traffic
  • Produces crisp, clear, and clean lines for enhanced visibility and safety.


This paint is manufactured from 100% durable acrylic copolymer and offers outstanding durability and resistance to wear and tear. It dries quickly and ends up in a hard film formation for enhanced dirt repellency. This ensures long-lasting performance even in tough weather conditions. This paint is also resistant to blistering and is easy to spray. 


Acrylic copolymer traffic paint typically lasts between 3 to 7 years or even longer in some cases. 


How long does marking paint last? 

Some of the cheaper formulas last six months, while the premium ones can last several years.

What types of surfaces can your traffic marking paints be applied to?

Our paints are suitable for various surfaces, including asphalt, concrete, and brick-paved areas.

Do your paints comply with regulatory standards?

Yes, our paints meet all necessary regulatory standards, including state Department of Transportation rules.

Maintenance and Repainting: Ensuring Continuous Safety

Regular maintenance and repainting of traffic and parking lot lines are important for ensuring ongoing safety and compliance. Some of the signs that indicate the need for repainting include:

  • Faded or barely visible lines
  • Cracked or peeling paint
  • Irregular or inconsistent line widths

Prioritizing maintenance increases traffic line visibility and improves safety for everyone on the road. When choosing paint for maintenance, consider factors like compliance with regulations, adhesion, and durability. 

At Transline Industries, Inc., we offer a range of high-quality paints suitable for many different needs. Why not reach out to our team so we can help you find the right paint?

Your Next Steps With Transline Industries

We’re committed to improving safety and efficiency on roadways and parking lots with our premium traffic marking paints. You’ll find durable, long-lasting markings that will work well in even the most demanding environments and road conditions. 

Unlock safety with our durable traffic marking paints and experience peace of mind knowing you’re investing in quality. Get your free quote now and take the first step towards safer roads and parking areas.