Los Angeles Mass Transit Authority Awards $19.5M Graffiti Abatement Contract to Graffiti Shield Inc.January 29th, 2014 by Editor
In an effort to minimize graffiti damage in Los Angeles-area rail stations, Graffiti Shield Inc. has been awarded a first-of-its-kind contract with the Los Angeles Mass Transit Authority (LAMTA) to install and maintain patent-pending protective films. The films, which the company developed after receiving a request from LAMTA, will cover approximately 900,000 square feet of stainless steel per year over the next five years.
Co-founders Jeff Green and Mike Schuch, who also own window film installation company Xlnt Tint, say the deal comes after working with LAMTA for 15 years, installing anti-graffiti film as part of an ongoing program.
“Graffiti damage in the Los Angeles area costs the public millions of dollars each year,” says Green, CEO of Graffiti Shield. “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.”
Schuch, president, says they were contacted by LAMTA when members of the authority noticed the damage had spread beyond painted graffiti.
“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,” he says. “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.
“Senior executives at MTA were looking at overall cleanliness of their stations,” Schuch adds. “They realized that virtually every stainless steel panel throughout their 100-plus subway stations have been etched with acid or abrasive objects so they started looking at how they could resurface the metal and improve its appearance.”
Schuch states that after working to refine the creation of the film, they participated in a pilot program in which it was determined that the film provided a cost-effective solution to LAMTA’s problem.
The company does have a patent-pending designation for the product, though Green notes that the patent process can take years to complete. As for plans to market the product to other dealers, Schuch states, “We currently are building that model; we’re just not quite sure how we’re going to pursue it … There are some complexities to making this film work, but if we found the right dealers we’d consider it.”
In addition to the Metal Shield product, Green and Schuch note that the process has helped them also to develop a solar anti-graffiti film and several other custom films which they can produce in small runs.