OmniGrip CST – Coloured Surface Treatment Durable, skid-resistant safety surface using Australian recycled-glass

OmniGrip CST is a fully-compliant durable, skid-resistant coloured surface treatment. Australian recycled-glass or natural aggregates are combined with a resin-binder, for use on roads, highways, bridge surfaces and paths. It is fully-compliant with the most stringent road surface standards in each State and Territory.

  • Compliant with road agency specifications
  • Australian recycled-glass or natural aggregates available
  • High skid-resistance
  • High slip-resistance
  • 5+ year life, maintenance free
  • Outlasts and out-performs paint-based products!

Recycled-Glass OmniGrip CST is the first coloured surface treatment to achieve TIPES certification (Level 3) in Queensland – the toughest product certification process for road surfaces in Australia.

Where to use cst

Green OmniGrip CST Bike Lane on Wellington Street, Kew

Green OmniGrip CST Bike Lane on Wellington Street, Kew, by OmniGrip Direct

OmniGrip CST is widely used where safety is important and vulnerable road users like riders and pedestrians benefit from the durability of its skid-resistance, slip-resistance and colour. Examples include:

  • green bicycle lanes
  • red bus lanes
  • yellow pedestrian crossings
  • red tram track Keep Clear pads.

In buildings and landscaping, OmniGrip CST is a durable, slip and skid-resistant coloured surface that can be applied to many architectural applications where a durable textured surface is important for safety, including:

  • lanes and paths
  • courtyards
  • plazas and open spaces
  • industrial sites. 

Made from durable long-life resins and Australian recycled-glass, testing of 5+ year old sites by the Australian Road Research Board found that it was compliant to specifications at 5 years of age, with no special maintenance required.

How it works

OmniGrip CST is designed to provide texture for skid resistance and durable colour for its design life. It maintains high skid resistance in both wet and dry conditions.

OmniGrip CST uses inert Australian recycled-glass aggregate in a resin binder. The finished surface comprises 75% recycled content, and there’s no solvents and minimal Volatile Organic Content (VOC). 

OmniGrip CST is available in a wide range of colours using coloured Australian recycled-glass, or natural aggregates for road, architectural and landscaping applications.

OmniGrip CST’s recycled content contributes to Victoria’s ‘Recycled First’ policy. The policy applies to the Major Road Projects Authority, Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Tunnel Project, West Gate Tunnel Project, North East Link Project and Regional Rail Revival Project.

Paints and thermoplastics are specifically prohibited as Coloured Surface Treatments by road agency specifications in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Coloured Surface Treatments are not paint and should be procured directly from specialist safety surface companies like OmniGrip Direct instead of paint specialists like linemarking companies.



OmniGrip CST is a proven coloured surface treatment for bicycle lanes, particularly through conflict zones where the paths of motor vehicles cross bicycle lanes. OmniGrip CST’s texture and colour are typically more durable than that of paint-based products, with an expected life of 5-8 years (depending on traffic). OmniGrip CST exceeds the performance requirements of VicRoads Specification 431 and is TIPES Certified for use as a Coloured Surface Treatment in accordance with MRTS110 in Queensland.

OmniGrip CST is Cycling Victoria‘s preferred surface treatment for bicycle lanes. Craig Eastwood, General Manager – Cycling Victoria, said;

“Cycling Victoria endorses the use of OmniGrip’s green coloured epoxy resin surface treatment for bicycle lanes in Victoria, and opposes the continued use of green paint as a satisfactory surface treatment.”

STOP sign pavement marking using OmniGrip CST

STOP sign pavement marking using OmniGrip CST

OmniGrip CST can be used to replace white and coloured pavement markings, including rumble bars, perceptual linemarking and lane arrows. With higher skid-resistance from its durable texture, it should be applied to popular motorcycling routes where riders are vulnerable to a loss of friction between the tyre and road surface. It can be used in conjunction with OmniGrip HF, our High Friction Surface Treatment. 

In Motorbike Writer, Dr Tana Tan of Safe System Solutions said;

“it should be considered for use on popular motorcycle routes where a loss of friction between the motorcycle tyre and road surface or painted areas/lines can result in a crash.”

Bus Lanes

Bus lanes are one of the toughest on-road environments for coloured surface treatments, and that’s where OmniGrip CST excels.  From its application on major roads in Sydney in preparation for its hosting of the Sydney Olympics, to widespread use in bus lanes in Melboourne, OmniGrip CST has proven itself time and time again.

Palmers Road Bus Lane using OmniGrip CST

Palmers Road Bus Lane using OmniGrip CST

Texture is vital for safety in bus lanes, enabling fully loaded buses with unrestrained passengers to safely stop at bus-stops, traffic lights and in emergencies.  Alternative products that quickly lose their texture become hazardous, as was observed in red painted bus lanes in Sydney when buses were over-running their stops and sliding into intersections.

OmniGrip CST’s texture and colour are more durable than that of paint-based products, with an expected life of 5-8 years (depending on traffic).

OmniGrip CST exceeds the performance requirements of State and Territory road agency specifications, such as VicRoads Specification 431 and the Department of Transport and Main Roads MRTS110.

Other Applications

OmniGrip CST is also used for Keep Clear tram pads in inner Melbourne, and for coloured surfaces for placemaking projects where durable coloured skid resistance is required for vehicle access.

For pedestrian only areas and decorative or landscaping applications, consider OmniGrip Deco. OmniGrip Deco is idea for plazas, courtyards, strip shopping centres, malls and landscaping, in natural or decorative colours and patterns.


OmniGrip Direct are the CST specialists, with data to back our claims.

OmniGrip CST meets road agency requirements for Coloured Surface Treatments. In fact, testing by the Australian Road Research Board found skid-resistance, texture and colour matching within the requirements of Victoria’s Department of Transport specification after five year’s use on roads, as required by DOT Standard Section 431. 

OmniGrip CST is the only Coloured Surface Treatment to achieve independent TIPES Certification (Level 3) for use by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland and participating Councils (as of November 2022).

If you require independent testing for compliance in your project then please include it in your scope of works.

Skid resistance and sand patch texture depth testing of  OmniGrip CST bike lane surfaces

Skid resistance and sand patch texture depth testing of OmniGrip CST bike lane surfaces by ARRB & CSIRO


Associated Works

OmniGrip Direct will also restore your pavement marking, reflective pavement markers, linemarking and road signs when included within your defined scope of work. Let us know when you request your quote!

“These products help to contribute to Australia’s uptake of recycled materials, supporting diversion from and reducing the use of natural and processed aggregates and synthetic materials”

Suzanne Toumbourou, CEO, Australian Council of Recycling

have a question?

OmniGrip Direct are Coloured Surface Treatment (CST) specialists. Call our team on 1300 961 678 or email us using our contact form.

TIPES Certification for OmniGrip CST

Recycled-glass OmniGrip CST is the first coloured surface treatment to achieve TIPES Certification


  • Bus Lanes
  • Bicycle Lanes, Bicycle Paths
  • Shared Paths
  • Transit Lanes
  • Keep Clear coloured pads on Tram Routes
  • Taxi Lanes
  • Courtyards and Plazas
  • Threshold Treatments
  • Township Entry Treatments (TET)
  • Township Entry Gateway Treatments (TEGT)
  • Local Area Traffic Management
  • School and Pedestrian Crossings
  • Crosswalks
  • Taxi & Bus Parking Delineation
  • Rumble Bars / Rumble Strips
  • Speed Tables
  • School Playgrounds
  • Placemaking
  • Coloured Surfacing
  • Skid-Resistant Pavement Markings

PAST projects

  • Melbourne Pop-Up Bike Lanes
  • Geelong Progress Pride Flag
  • Gympie Arterial Road and Strathpine Road Interchange, Brisbane
  • William Street bicycle lanes, City of Melbourne
  • Linlithgow Avenue bicycle lanes, City of Melbourne
  • Eastern Freeway bus lanes, Melbourne
  • Jackson Street, St Kilda (‘Rainbow Road‘ – it’s not paint!)
  • Bentleigh Station laneway, City of Glen Eira
  • St Kevin’s car park
  • Manningham City Council school crossings
  • Gold Coast City Council bicycle lanes
  • Bus Lanes, Sydney

Grant Funding Opportunities

Applications of OmniGrip CST can meet eligibility criteria for State and Federal Grants. This includes the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Local Government stimulus grant scheme, the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and the Victorian Sustainable Infrastructure Fund.


Disclosure: OmniGrip Direct was a sponsor of Cycling Victoria in 2019-2020.

Omnigrip CST in action

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