The 3M Company has introduced a new line of window films
for commercial buildings to help combat the costly damage
caused by graffiti. The etching, scratching, painting,
and marking of glass is an expensive and rapidly growing
problem worldwide. Anti-graffiti films offer building
owners and managers the opportunity to minimize the
$12 billion annual cost associated with graffiti abatement
in the United States.
When applied to surfaces that vandals often target,
such as interior and exterior windows, mirrors, and
other glass, the film provides protection by taking
the brunt of graffiti damage. Paints, permanent markings,
and other stains can be easily removed from the protective
surface without the use of harsh chemicals. That is
because film damaged by etching or scratching can be
easily removed and replaced with new film. Using the
protective film also eliminates the expense of conventional
graffiti cleanup or the even costlier total replacement
of graffiti-damaged equipment or property.
This optically clear, distortion-free film can be applied
to windows, mirrors, and other surfaces. In addition
to resisting damage from glass-etching solutions used
by vandals, these films also offer other benefits by
blocking heat, glare, and 99% of damaging UV rays.