Anti-Graffiti & Anti-Grime coating
Impreglon UK is now offering the very latest thin film anti-graffiti & anti-grime coating.
Graffiti vandalism is a problem for a number of industries, but especially buildings (both temporary and permanent), street furniture, road signage and railway. The cost to the building industry is hard to quantify, but for the railway industry the removal of graffiti from railway rolling stock and infrastructure costs the industry some £40m per year. And that doesn’t include the lost revenue and inconvenience when equipment has to be taken out of service. So being able to offer an on-site applied anti-graffiti coating is of huge benefit to all concerned: train operating companies, trackside equipment suppliers and owners, building and bridge maintenance companies, etc.
For street furniture and road signage the benefits are arguably higher as the graffiti could obscure safety related information. And the build up of road dirt and grime adds to the cost of keeping road signs clear and visible.
Our coatings can be applied at our works or at your premises and they will bond to a wide variety of substrates: vinyl, some plastics, powder coating, galvanized steel, tin plating, Aluminium, stainless steel, ducting and more.
For temporary structures, like site cabins, or for smaller components such as enclosures, fencing, signage or signalling equipment, we would apply the anti-graffiti coating here at our works in the UK.
At a nominal 5 to 10 microns thick, the coating is transparent, flexible and is UV stable so does’t yellow with age.
So what’s it like to clean graffiti off our coated surface? Unbelievably easy is the answer! Thicker layers of paint will peel off or be taken off with a jet wash using just cold tap water. A further benefit of the coating is that the coated surface is easier to clean, so removal of day to day dirt can be carried out without the use of detergents. Merseyrail have been evaluating the coating on a test panel. The steel test panel with vinyl covering was coated using different coating thicknesses and surface preparation techniques. One section of the panel was left uncoated as a reference. In the video you can see the operator using masking tape to remove the graffiti - he also tries to remove grease. Tape is used as a simple reference method. You will also see the operator using a detergent, but to get the best from the detergent you need to let it soak for a few minutes before wiping it and the graffiti away. Merseyrail have kindly given us a copy of their video.
We demonstrated the anti-graffiti properties of our coating at the Infrarail 2016 show at ExCel in London. Sharing part of the Optical Coating Technologies stand, the display panel can be seen in the photograph. The The panel is powder coated blue with warning stickers applied on top. The clear anti-graffiti coating is on top of the powder coating and the stickers. Such is the quality and the clarity of the coating, many visitors simply didn't understand why they couldn't write with permanent marker onto the panel!
The coating's unique properties were also demonstrated at the Rail Live 2016 event hosted by the Rail Alliance in mid June. As this was an outdoors event we were able to actually demonstrate the coating by spraying our display panel with car paint. Aside from a lot of attention from fruit flies, the live demonstrations proved very successful.
The unique property of this fantastic coating is that paint, boot polish and marker pen will simply not bond to the coating, unlike a more traditional barrier coating which still requires a large amount of labour and solvent to clean off the graffiti. For dirt and grime build up, the benefits of being able to reduce the amount of cleaning speak for themselves.
Give us a call and ask Nick Croad or Joe Cotter to give you a demonstration.
For more information about Impreglon and our products call us on +44 (0) 1827 871400 or complete our enquiry form.
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