SELECTION OF TRAFFIC PAINT BY PERFORMANCE TESTS

IN THE PAST, TRAFFIC PAINT WAS PURCHASED ON THE BASIS OF (1) PRICE, (2) BRAND NAME, (3) FORMULA SPECIFICATION, OR (4) PERFORMANCE. FROM THE YEAR 1942 AND FROM 1950 ON, A PROGRAM OF PERFORMANCE TESTING HAS BEEN IN EFFECT. IN THIS PROGRAM MANUFACTURERS SUBMIT SAMPLES OF PAINT THAT THEY CAN FURNISH FOR THE FOLLOWING CALENDAR YEAR, IF AWARDED A CONTRACT. THE PAINTS ARE TESTED IN SERVICE ON TYPICAL PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE AND BITUMINOUS SURFACED HIGHWAYS. AT THE END OF 24 WEEKS COMPARATIVE RATINGS OF THE PAINTS ARE MADE. IN ORDER TO UTILIZE THE INFORMATION GAINED FROM PERFORMANCE TESTING, IT WAS NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH A DIFFERENT PURCHASING ARRANGEMENT. BIDS ON TRAFFIC PAINT ARE INVITED FROM MANUFACTURERS OF PAINTS FOUND TO BE ACCEPTABLE IN PERFORMANCE TESTS. THE PAINT WHICH IS PURCHASED IS SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF LOWEST COST PER MILE PER 100 DAYS OF USEFUL LIFE. THE PERFORMANCE TESTS PROCEDURE AND PURCHASING ARRANGEMENT ENCOURAGE MANUFACTURERS TO PRODUCE AND OFFER HIGH QUALITY PAINT. MANUFACTURERS HAVE SHOWN THEIR INTEREST IN THIS PROCEDURE OF SELECTING TRAFFIC PAINTS BY IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THEIR PAINTS AND BY REGULARLY SUBMITTING SAMPLES FOR THE ANNUAL TEST. THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN COOPERATIVE IN FURNISHING COMPLETE INFORMATION ON THEIR PAINTS AND IN LIMITING THEIR BIDS TO THE PAINTS WHICH WERE CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE AS A RESULT OF THE PERFORMANCE TEST. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 34, pp 292-297, 2 REF
  • Authors:
    • Bollen, R E
    • Zuick, A J
  • Publication Date: 1955

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 11-14, 1955
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00217125
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1972 12:00AM