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3M’s anti-graffiti products reduce costs and time

3M’s anti-graffiti products reduce costs and time

 3M has launched two of its most versatile anti-graffiti wrap overlaminates yet, bringing the potential for huge cost and time savings to the rail industry.

Its Anti-Graffiti Wrap Gloss Overlaminate 8588G and Matte Overlaminate 8590M are easily cleanable, highly conformable and durable, thus making them the ideal choice for use on curved surfaces and marking a breakthrough for train operators.

On train exteriors, the products can be used to wrap and protect all surfaces, including parts such as railcar noses, while for interiors they can be applied to everything from textured carriage walls to window frames. In train stations, they can even be used to cover textured and small brick walls.

Able to withstand repeated abrasion from washing, both products are covered for up to eight years by the 3M MCS warranty and the 3M Performance Guarantee.

3M Technical Expert Tim Beyer said: “Rail operators have been crying out for wrap overlaminates that offer great stain-resistance, stretching properties and durability all in one, so we are excited to announce our latest offering, which we believe has potential to save these customers huge sums each year.”

Graffiti costs train operators millions of pounds annually, with Network Rail alone spending £3.5million each year, while cleaning is also extremely time-consuming.

Furthermore, the number of graffiti attacks on UK trains is reportedly at an eight-year high, with 399 recorded in the first quarter of 2018.

Rail specialist laboratories, including SNCF in France, have independently tested the new 3M wrap overlaminates.

While many anti-graffiti overlaminates must sacrifice conformability to achieve stain-resistance, the new 3M products attain both, thanks to their unique fluoropolymer blend, a composition that also provides them with an excellent anti-silvering performance, producing a quality finish even on textured surfaces.

Tim added: “At 3M, our dedicated team of experts is continuously innovating to push the boundaries of what is possible. These new anti-graffiti wrap overlaminates make a praiseworthy addition to our already extensive portfolio.”

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