My brother-in-law, Ted, had his shop windows tagged again last night, this time with spray paint (markers have been the go up until now). I’m not sure why, but his car dealership seems to be the go-to site for tagging on the street, and Ted’s getting over it pretty fast. He reckons it scares off customers, which seems like a stretch to me, although I’ll grant that the particular lettering used this instance is aggressively sloppy.

It’s gotten to the point where the windows pretty much need to be replaced. The problem is, this has become such a regular occurrence that the new glass is likely to be besmirched once more within a few weeks. In light of that, I’ve been doing a search online for solutions to this problem – surely, Ted can’t be the only one in town to have it. Well, I think I’ve found a solution.

According to the internet, you can get this transparent film stuff that sticks onto window panes to form a sort of shield against marking. It  means you can peel off the film and replace that instead of replacing the glass, making the graffiti removal process a whole lot more cost-effective. Sorted.

Upon learning this info, my next question is this: where has this window film stuff been all of Ted’s life? He could be totally maximising the frontage of his shop by making his windows commercial: decorative window film, Melbourne, is the answer. Ted could have his dealership’s logo and details digitally printed onto this stick-on medium. Who knows – maybe he could kill two birds with stone and get decorative anti-graffiti film?

This gets me to thinking: what applications could I use this stuff for? What about my Melbourne office? Window tinting is something that could go a long way in there. The Mornington office is fine, but the Melbourne one gets the afternoon sun at just the wrong angle.

Fortunately for me, my office doesn’t have problems with people writing their names on the windows – it’s five floors up.