FASTRACK™ Water-Borne Polymer Technology

DOW technologies
Introduction

In some European countries solvent-borne traffic paint is still widely used. In terms of safety and health, water-borne paints are better than solvent-borne ones, avoiding potential dangers caused by the highly flammable nature of such solvents. Changes in regulation might become an important driver to the adoption of more environmentally friendly water-borne solutions. For example, emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) from solvent-borne paints increase ground level ozone, a major component of smog having adverse effects on human health. VOC limits for traffic paint are already in place in the US, Canada, Sweden, Finland and Australia, factually banning solvent-borne traffic paints.

Solution description

The Dow’s patented FASTRACK™ Quick-Set Technology is part of a product line dedicated to traffic paints, helping road authorities around the world improve worker safety and dramatically reduce Volatile Compounds (VOC) emissions. FASTRACK™ Quick-Dry Technology accelerates the dry time of water-borne traffic paint, offering fast drying whilst providing higher visibility and durability, thus increasing the road safety. What’s more, FASTRACK™ based paints contain 8 to 10 times less solvent than conventional traffic paint, therefore, they are not flammable nor hazardous. Road Authorities, specifiers and applicators can take big steps toward a smaller carbon footprint, reducing the VOC up to 90% by replacing solvent-borne traffic paint with high-performance water-borne alternatives based on FASTRACK™ Quick-Dry Technology.

Benefits

More than 600,000 km of FASTRACK™ traffic paint have been already applied on European roads including airports and Formula 1 circuits, demonstrating its key benefits:

  • Improved Durability
  • Improved Visibility
  • Safety
  • Sustainability

Dow Coating Materials also conducted a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to compare the environmental and human health impacts of using FASTRACK™ water-borne Technology versus other materials, including solvent-borne paint. The results, validated by an objective third party, demonstrate a notably smaller impact potential in 10 out of 10 categories, including VOC emissions, human toxicity and greenhouse gas emissions when using FASTRACK™ water-borne Technology.