50 pond bags Glass beads. The most economical way to create safer roads and driving conditions are the use of Reflective glass beads: Road markings that do not contain reflective glass beads are not visible at night. With reflective glass beads, road lines, traffic paint, signs and pavement marking tape are brightly lit and visible. When a car’s headlights shine on a road marking that contains glass beads, the marking becomes many times more visible than the same marking without reflective beads. This creates a defined line that can easily be seen no matter how dark, creating a better lit road. Not only do reflective beads increase nighttime visibility, but they increase the paint life, and reduce drying time. Our customers can choose from a large variety of sizes that will enhance the reflectivity of their road marking materials.
Standard – Sand like texture. These are the same glass beads used on traffic lines. Meets all Federal and State specifications and can be used in inter-mix or drop on applications. Makes paint reflective. Sizes are 20-325 US mesh, 45-850 Microns, Roundness >= 70%. Refractive index is >= 1.51. Uses include traffic, signs, as well as art and craft.
“Airport Quality” – High quality glass beads; these beads offer high performance and durability due to their extremely smooth surfaces, greater than 95 % roundness and less than 1% air inclusions. Size 12-30 US mesh, 600-1700 Microns. These are slightly larger than our standard beads. Uses include parking lot, traffic and airport striping, signs, arts, crafts, painting and more. Beads are Type I with a refractive index of 1.5.
Powder – Powder-like texture. Similar to the glass beads used on street signs and in aerosol sprays. Inter-mix or drop on applications. Makes paint reflective. Sizes is US Mesh 100-200, Mil-Spec 10, Roundness 65 to 95%. Refractive index is >= 1.51. Uses include traffic, signs, “sand blasting”, preening as well as arts and crafts.
Deco Molded – Our Largest High Quality Glass Spheres are produced using state of art molding technology. Size 3.0 mm, Roundness >= 95%, Refractive index is >= 1.52. Uses include topical paint applications, decorations, jewelry, signs, as well as arts and crafts.
The manufacturer recommends 6 pounds of beads per gallon of paint. The beads are dropped on top of the paint while it is still wet.