All you have to know about DEGAROUTE®

Contractors can find answers to important questions about DEGAROUTE® reactive resins and road markings based on DEGAROUTE® – from background information of Röhm's trademark to detailed briefing on how to choose the right application equipment.

Contractors

Does Röhm sell DEGAROUTE® ready-to-use systems?

No. Röhm works with a network of approved formulators around the world to provide RTU materials for all projects.

How do I order the proper amounts of component A and component B?

98:2 material is sold by weight, whereas all other material is sold by volume. A recommended average when placing an order is 35:1 by volume.

How does DEGAROUTE® compare to traffic paint, or for that matter, to other durable markings?

DEGAROUTE® is considered a "durable" and will provide years of service under the harshest of road conditions. As a durable, DEGAROUTE® will outlast traditional traffic paint by a factor up to 8:1. Because of the versatile application methods of DEGAROUTE®, it can provide superior performance even when compared to other durables.

Confirmed by independent tests of the German Federal Road Research Institute (BASt) and the Association for the development of technologies for road equipment (AETEC) in Spain, DEGAROUTE® MMA cold plastics have been found to be far more resistant against wear than conventional markings, such as thermoplastic, water- and solvent-borne road markings.

How does Röhm provide support to contractors?

Röhm provides assistance and guidance when determining the right product, application method and equipment for any project. From providing the contacts of leading machine manufacturers to training contractors on the correct use of the different machine types, Röhm is there every step of the way.

How long does the curing process for DEGAROUTE® based road markings take?

Depending on temperatures and formulas, DEGAROUTE® based road markings will take between 10 and 45 minutes to cure.

How long has DEGAROUTE® been around?

Röhm invented DEGAROUTE® road markings during the 1960s. Since then DEGAROUTE® road marking systems have become the preferred road marking system throughout Europe. In the 1980s they were introduced in the United Sates and continue to grow across the region.

Is DEGAROUTE® snow plow resistant?

Yes. DEGAROUTE® is one of the few road marking materials able to be surface-mounted and still provide snow plow resistance. Under extreme snow plowing DEGAROUTE® can be recessed for a longer life.

What is the availability of 98:2 equipment?

Currently legend and stencil equipment is available. Röhm is working with a number of approved equipment manufacturers to develop long line 98:2 equipment in the future. Röhm owns and can provide demo equipment in various regions, and will assist in financing the purchase of equipment.

What solvent should be used when cleaning parts and equipment?

Although no solvent should ever be added to DEGAROUTE®, acetone is the recommended solvent for cleaning parts and equipment.

What type of reflective beads should be used in DEGAROUTE® road marking systems?

For DEGAROUTE® based extrude, profile and structure road markings, 30-50 beads with a T13 coating should be used at 2,72-3,63 kg / 9,29 m² (6-8 lbs / 100 ft²). For DEGAROUTE® based spray road markings, 18-30-50 beads with a T13 coating should be used 2,72-3,63 kg / 9,29 m² (6-8 lbs / 100 ft²).

What types of DEGAROUTE® road marking systems are available?

Three systems with different formulations are available:

4:1 systems – for profile, extrude, spray and structure road markings
98:2 systems – for extrude, spray, structure (profile/audible coming soon) and area markings
1:1 systems – for spray markings.

Authorities

Are there DEGAROUTE® equipment manufacturers in the US?

Yes. Please ask your Röhm sales representative for guidance in identifying a manufacturer that will best meet your needs.

Can my existing striping equipment be modified to apply DEGAROUTE®?

Yes. Modification equipment is available for standard paint stripers.

Do I need special equipment to apply DEGAROUTE®?

DEGAROUTE® can be applied in thicknesses from 0.3 mm (12 mils) to 7 mm (280 mils) and can be profiled for audible and vibratory warnings, by means of extruding.

Application equipment ranges from hand-held and rolling drag boxes, to walk-behind spray stripers, airless legend, stencil trucks and long line stripers. Since DEGAROUTE® is a two part system, the equipment does require the capability of a two pump system.

Does DEGAROUTE® come in colors?

DEGAROUTE® is currently manufactured in standard white and yellow, but it can be made to match virtually any color.

Does DEGAROUTE® need to be heated to be applied?

No. Unlike the majority of other road marking durables which require heat to apply, DEGAROUTE® offers the convenience of cold application.

How does DEGAROUTE® compare to traffic paint, or for that matter, to other durable markings?

DEGAROUTE® is considered a "durable" and will provide years of service under the harshest of road conditions. As a durable, DEGAROUTE® will outlast traditional traffic paint by a factor up to 8:1. Because of the versatile application methods of DEGAROUTE®, it can provide superior performance even when compared to other durables.

Confirmed by independent tests of the German Federal Road Research Institute (BASt) and the Association for the development of technologies for road equipment (AETEC) in Spain, DEGAROUTE® MMA cold plastics have been found to be far more resistant against wear than conventional markings, such as thermoplastic, water- and solvent-borne road markings.

How long has DEGAROUTE® been used in road markings?

Röhm invented DEGAROUTE® road markings during the 1960s. Since then DEGAROUTE® road marking systems have become the preferred road marking system throughout Europe. In the 1980s they were introduced in the United States and continue to grow across the region.

Is DEGAROUTE® environmentally friendly?

Yes. DEGAROUTE® is solvent-free and therefore produces no VOC's.

What can DEGAROUTE® be used for?

DEGAROUTE® can be used to delineate and mark streets, highways, intersections, legends, school zones, airport taxi ways and parking lots.

What countries is DEGAROUTE® used in?

Many countries in Europe, North America and South America currently use DEGAROUTE®. Additionally, in many US states DEGAROUTE® is already an approved traffic marking product.

What is DEGAROUTE®?

DEGAROUTE® is the trademarked name for Röhm's  product line of road marking resin systems. It stands for a two part liquid reactive resin system that forms into a solid plastic through a polymerization reaction.

DEGAROUTE® is also referred to as "MMA", "cold plastic" and "2K" in the various countries that DEGAROUTE® is used throughout the world.

What type of reflective media should be used?

Retro reflectivity is the result of using good quality reflective media along with a properly formulated binder.

In order to maximize the retro reflective value of DEGAROUTE®, please ensure that the proper bead specification and coating is used. Consult with your Röhm sales representative or technical staff.

Will DEGAROUTE® adhere to both asphalt and concrete?

DEGAROUTE® provides outstanding adhesion to asphalt and most concrete substrates without the use of a primer. If the integrity of the substrate is questionable, please consult with our technical staff.

Formulators

How does DEGAROUTE® compare to traffic paint, or for that matter, to other durable markings?

DEGAROUTE® is considered a "durable" and will provide years of service under the harshest of road conditions. As a durable, DEGAROUTE® will outlast traditional traffic paint by a factor up to 8:1. Because of the versatile application methods of DEGAROUTE®, it can provide superior performance even when compared to other durables.

Confirmed by independent tests of the German Federal Road Research Institute (BASt) and the Association for the development of technologies for road equipment (AETEC) in Spain, DEGAROUTE® MMA cold plastics have been found to be far more resistant against wear than conventional markings, such as thermoplastic, water- and solvent-borne road markings.

How does Röhm provide support to formulators?

Backed by nearly 50 years of experience in formulation of durable road and area markings, Röhm offers technical expertise for all your formulating needs.

Since road marking formulations based on DEGAROUTE® methyl methacrylate (MMA) reactive resins require particular attention, Röhm offers specific direction for developing and commercializing a successfully applied durable road marking by aiding formulators with:

  • raw materials and their effects on performance
  • formulation parameters
  • starting formulations
  • use of additives
  • optimizing formulations
  • viscosity and application requirements
  • evaluation of experimental data
  • design of experiments