Playground Thermoplastic Markings vs Paint

We get a variety of questions surrounding our Thermoplastic Markings, the most common ones generally surround the views that thermoplastic is no different to paint. We are here to answer and explain the Top 3 most common questions we get asked.

1:  Thermoplastic is very expensive compared to paint.

If you look at the base numbers then yes, thermoplastic is initially more expensive than paint. However if you take into account the fact that Thermoplastic can last up to 10 times as long, then it will work out cheaper by the end.


2:   Thermoplastic is extremely slippery.

Naturally, yes it is. However we wouldn’t be irresponsible or stupid enough to endanger your students, that’s why we add anti-slip beading during the installation process. Turning the naturally slippery plastic into a velodrome like surface. Unless you’re doing velodrome like speeds as well, losing grip isn’t much of a problem.


3.   Paint fades faster than Thermoplastic.

Yes it does! This is why we don’t like using paint for playgrounds. As who genuinely wants a caterpillar marking that looks like it’s fresh out of a resident evil movie? Having vibrant designs and bright colours are the foundation of any playground. Just the atmosphere alone can change how the kids behave.