Greener: Master Painters Institute GPS-2 Certified E3 (Low-VOC), Latex/Waterborne Traffic Paints

Traffic paints (also known as zone-marking paints) are for parking spaces, cross walks, and airport runways.

Latex/waterborne traffic paints are for roads and have become industry standard. 

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Cost Savings

Latex/waterborne traffic paints are less-toxic than solvent-based ones and do not cost much more.

Info on this product category: Paints (Traffic)

Why Go Green

Avoid solvent-based (alkyd) paints because they can have:

  • Cancer-causing chemicals (e.g., benzene, ethyl benzene, and methylene chloride).
  • Toxic heavy metals (e.g., lead, chromium) that can end up in water supplies and expose workers.

They may only be needed for extremely low-temperature applications or by those without stainless steel-lined application equipment. 

Try traffic paints on this page because they are waterborne (less-toxic) and have low volatile organic compounds (VOC) which emit fewer smog-producing compounds.

Criteria for Paints (Traffic)

Criteria for Suggested products:

"Greener" products shall:

  • Be waterborne AND
  • Be certified under Master Painters Institute (MPI) Green Performance Standard (GPS-2) AND
  • Have VOCs of 50 grams/liter or less

"Green" products shall:

  • Be waterborne AND
  • Be certified under Master Painters Institute (MPI) Green Performance Standard (GPS-1) AND
  • Have VOCs of 100 grams/liter or less per the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) VOC limit


Last updated

Last updated: 
November 27, 2019

Guide for City Staff

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash paints, chemicals, electronics, lighting, and metal. So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

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