Challenges in Graffiti Cleanup and Maintenance

January 27, 2009

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Fixing graffiti damage is more of an art than a science. The challenges to building personnel and painting contractors are varied, such as how and where graffiti has been applied. Often these challenges come frequently, particularly when vandals repeatedly deface the property. And at each act of vandalism a different set of factors or variables need to be considered by the property owner and painting contractor to determine what method of cleanup to use.

One factor to consider during graffiti cleanup is the kind of paint used by vandals to deface property. The most popular method is spray paint, which comes in thousands of color choices and formulas. Graffiti removal is different depending on the paint’s characteristics. Water-based enamel, for instance, is easier to remove than epoxy, urethane or automotive finish.

The type of surface where graffiti was applied also adds to the challenge of cleanup. Smooth and glossy surfaces such as glass, marble or wood are easier to remove graffiti from, as compared to rough and porous surfaces like brick or cement.

Painting contractors avoid using traditional methods to remove graffiti. Painting over the graffiti makes the property look worse and tends to encourage vandals to repeat the crime. Harsh chemicals and sandblasting are also risky because they can damage the substrate and cause safety and health problems to applicators and building residents.

It’s a good thing that there are graffiti cleaners that work to solve these challenges. Graffiti removers effectively eliminate graffiti without damaging the substrate or leaving some scarring to the property. Graffiti removers are also environment-friendly and safe to use.

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