Graffiti Shield Inc. has been awarded a first-of-its-kind contract with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to install and maintain patent-pending protective films covering approximately 900,000 square feet of stainless steel per year in an effort to minimize graffiti damage and improve the appearance and comfort within rail stations throughout Los Angeles over the next five years.
Jeff Green, CEO and co-founder of Graffiti Shield Inc. commented, “Graffiti damage in the Los Angeles area costs the public millions of dollars each year. The cumulative cost of glass restoration, graffiti removal, property repair and restoration, loss of property value and even loss of revenue can be overwhelming – and they’re on the rise.”
Mike Schuch, president and co-founder adds “Traditionally, it was paint on walls that we were up against, but over the years we started to see more types of surfaces being hit. Whether it was glass, mirrors or stainless steel, traditional solutions weren’t working because of the substrate’s structural nature so the damage became permanent. We had to create solutions that could diminish the destructive momentum graffiti generates.”
These solutions manifested through innovative use of thin-film technology into products such as Glass Shield, which provides protection layer between the glass and graffiti vandal and Metal Shield, a product that replicates the appearance of stainless steel and protects the structure from graffiti damage and etching.
Metro, Green and Schuch have a 15 year history of combatting graffiti together through an ongoing contract for glass protection in their train stations through another arm of their corporation, Xlnt Tint. Through this relationship and the need for a stainless steel solution, Graffiti Shield has introduced products that combat a graffiti issue that shows no signs of slowing down.