Graffiti can look cool, it might even achieve “art” status. But there is a time and place for everything. When you have a business that is plagued by vandalism, then graffiti is far from cool. In fact, graffiti can be a nuisance that hurts your business, ruins the façade of your store, and means a lot of out-of-pocket expense to clean it all up. Indeed, graffiti can ruin the look and feel of a whole neighborhood when vandals choose to spray paint on the glass enclosure of a bus stop or windows on any structure downtown.
When it comes to graffiti on a painted surface, the fix can be relatively easy – just paint over it. When it comes to graffiti on glass windows or stainless steel, however, the fix is not so easy. Most times, to get rid of graffiti on a window or the side of a bus, soap and water won’t do the trick. Paint thinner will be useless against paint that has long dried. Therefore, you are stuck replacing the window or doing an expensive fix for the stainless steel, usually at a high cost.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product that could leave a window intact, yet make it easy to remove the graffiti? Wouldn’t it be great if graffiti could be removed by one person as soon as it is discovered? Well, there is. It is called anti-graffiti film. It is a marvelous product that is available through Calgary’s top window tinting shop, Tint Tech.
If you own a business, or if you are a purchaser for a government agency that is responsible for infrastructure items like bus stop enclosures, bus windows, buses, train windows, trains, schools, or any other government property, then consider contacting Tint Tech today. We can provide you with all of the information you need with regard to anti-graffiti film.
This blog will get into the nitty gritty of anti-graffiti film so you can protect your property, prevent permanent damage, avoid difficult clean-ups, and sidestep costly glass replacement. We will show you that with anti-graffiti film the best defense is a great offense.
What Is Anti-Graffiti Film?
Anti-graffiti films are virtually invisible film products that provide a guard that is easily removable. That way, you can defend your valuable assets from permanent ruin, and expensive replacement repairs.
The anti-graffiti films on the market now are made specifically for smooth exterior surfaces. That means that anti-graffiti films are not just for windows. Anti-graffiti films are actually designed to shield both glass and stainless steel. Further, the films on the market are made so that they can be easily cleaned with common household window cleaning products.
How Does Anti-Graffiti Film Work?
Essentially, the idea behind anti-graffiti film is to place it on any glass or stainless steel surface. Then, if you have a vandalism incident where the surface is covered with graffiti, then you simply pull the anti-graffiti film off. As you pull off the film, you easily take off the offending graffiti as well. It is that easy.
While Anti-Graffiti Film Sounds Good, Is It Really Worth It? Won’t the Vandals Come Back?
That question is a good one. You, as a property owner, building manager, or public official, do not want to keep on buying more and more anti-graffiti film because the local vandals keep coming back. But statistics show that anti-graffiti film can actually discourage graffiti artists.
Specifically, the Bureau of Justice statistics reports that removing graffiti within the first 48 hours has a huge impact on whether a property will be targeted by vandals a second time. Indeed, it follows that graffiti artists who have their “work” taken down almost immediately creates an enormous disincentive to try it again. That is great news for those who want their property to remain graffiti free.
How Bad is it to Have Graffiti Anyway?
Graffiti is not just an unpleasant eyesore. It has been shown that properties in a neighborhood where graffiti is present for an extended period of time lose approximately 15% of their value. Further, as you likely know, graffiti in your neighborhood will have an impact on your bottom line if you own a business in the area.
Thus, graffiti is bad news for a community. Anti-graffiti film is the answer. If you are a property owner, building manager, or public official, and you need a less expensive way to combat graffiti in schools, stores, office buildings, buses, trains, and other public transit locations, then you should strongly consider anti-graffiti film.
Does Anti-Graffiti Film Have Other Good Benefits?
The answer to that question is an unequivocal “yes.” When you use anti-graffiti film on windows (remember, the film is virtually invisible), you are able to tap into some other phenomenal benefits beyond preserving the appearance of the exterior of your property. Those benefits include:
1)Lower Clean Up Costs. As noted, the ease of simply removing window film saves a bundle compared to replacing a window. Moreover, the time it takes to remove, and replace window film is much less than replace an entire window.
2) Reduction in Repeat Vandalism. Also, as noted above, the ability to quickly and completely remove graffiti is a disincentive to vandals. In other words, graffiti artists like to have their “work” be visible for a very long time, particularly if it is connected to other criminal activity. So, if they see that their work is immediately taken down, they will go elsewhere.
3) Scratch Protection. In addition to the benefits above, anti-graffiti film, like other protective films will prevent scratching, scraping, etching, or other physical damage. And if someone tries to engage in a little etching anyway, then the film is ultimately removable.
3) Protect Any Furnishing Inside. Anti-graffiti film is like other window films in that it has anti-UV ray qualities. That means that harmful UV rays cannot get through a window and otherwise prematurely fade curtains, furnishings, or other products inside your business.
Tint Tech, the protective film specialist, is not just focused on protecting your car. We at Tint Tech provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and office. We do so by providing a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films, including anti-graffiti film.
Every staff member at Tint Tech is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish. With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction. Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.