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Application Instructions

Application Instructions.

Primerless Method

  • Air and surface temperature must be 40°F (5°C) and rising.
  • SURFACE MUST BE COMPLETELY DRY. Moisture bag test should be used to confirm.
  • Surface must be clean and free of any contaminants which may include but not limited to oils, grease, sand, dirt, dust, loose aggregate, curing compound, mud, soil and salt.
  • No primer required, except under marginal conditions. (See Below)
  • Portland Cement concrete curing compound must be completely removed by sandblasting, water blasting or grinding of the road surface. *If water blasting method is chosen a minimum of 24 hours drying time is required before tape installation.
  • ALWAYS USE BUTT SPLICES.
  • Do not apply tape directly over deteriorating markings or substrates, or lane delineation devices.
  • Tapes or Rumble Strips applied directly over seams and joints must be cut through 1" on both sides of the seams or joints to prevent de-bonding of large sections of tape.
  • ATM Permanent Primer should be used under the following marginal conditions:
    • When air or surface temperatures are expected to fall below 40°F (5°C) within 24 hours of installation.
    • If rain is expected within 24 hours after installation, ATM does not recommend installation, and doing so will void the warranty. ATM also understands certain situations require installation outside of our recommendations. In such cases, ATM primer should always be used.
    • When road surfaces are marginal. See ATM Surface Guide at www.trafficmarking.com.
  • Nighttime installations must be completely dry for a minimum of 24 hours prior to installation and remain completely dry for a minimum of 24 hours after installation.
  • Firmly tamp longitudinal tape in the same direction as tape was applied on the initial pass. A minimum of three passes total are required. Use a tamper device with a minimum 200 lb. (90kg) load and a tamping surface a minimum 2" wider than the width of tape being applied. Never twist the tampering device during tamping. Repeat tamping as necessary to ensure tape has completely conformed to the road surface.
  • Marked roadway can be open to traffic immediately.
  • Firmly tamp transverse marking symbol/legends using an approved ATM Tamper Cart with a minimum 200lb. (90kg) load. A minimum of three passes total are required.

If an installer has questions concerning the types of surface that preformed polymer tape can be applied or weather conditions not referred to above, they may contact their local ATM Regional Manager or 252-536-2574 ext.5138.

Inlay Method

General Conditions:

  • Surface temperature must be 120°F (49°C) - 175°F (79°C).
  • Do not attempt to inlay tape during rain.
  • Apply tape only after initial compaction has taken place.

Application Procedures

  • Insure general conditions can be met.
  • After compaction, mark surface where tape will be applied. DO NOT LAY TAPE ON SEAMS OR JOINTS.
  • Apply tape either by hand or with the ATM Tape Applicator Cart.
  • ALWAYS USE BUTT SPLICES.
  • Finish rolling pavement surface.

NOTE: IF TAPE DISTORTS OR WRINKLES, SURFACE TEMPERATURE MAY BE TOO HOT OR ROLLER SPEED MAY BE TOO FAST.

If an installer has questions concerning the types of surface that preformed polymer tape can be applied or weather conditions not referred to above, they may contact their local ATM Regional Manager or 252-536-2574 ext.5138.

Safety Data Sheets are available.