New from 3M are Anti-Graffiti Wrap Gloss Overlaminate 8588G and Matte Overlaminate 8590M, which the company is marketing as “a breakthrough for train operators” because of their conformability and durability. Said to be 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 £3.5m each year. 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.
The new 3M wrap overlaminates - which have been independently tested by rail specialist laboratories - have a fluoropolymer blend that 3M said gives them excellent anti-silvering performance, providing a quality finish even on textured surfaces, along with their superior durability.