Graffiti cleanup can be a daunting task because of the possibility of adding further damage to the graffiti-defaced surface. Graffiti removers will not only target the graffiti, they will also cause the removal of the existing surface coating. This is where the application of a graffiti barrier comes in.
There are two types of graffiti barrier – the sacrificial and non-sacrificial graffiti barrier. Property owners trying to stick to a tight budget will often choose the sacrificial graffiti barrier. This graffiti barrier system involves the use of a wax- or paraffin-type coating that provides “one-time” protection and easy removal of graffiti with the use of a power washer. Sacrificial graffiti barriers require cheaper materials but are more expensive labor-wise because of the need to have a second coating to be applied. When property owners believe that the vandalism to the building is only an isolated case, then they prefer to use sacrificial graffiti barriers.
For buildings that are chronically defaced, painting contractors often use non-sacrificial graffiti barriers. This barrier system offers clients a more long-term solution to the habitual graffiti problem by enabling “quick and easy” graffiti removal in the future. Non-sacrificial graffiti barriers are more appealing and less labor-intensive than having to reapply a second coating using a sacrificial graffiti barrier coating.
These days, there is a strong shift towards graffiti control systems that are more environmentally conscious. Consumers and end users who demand safer alternatives to traditional formulations of strong solvent and toxic chemicals challenge manufacturers more and more to come up with graffiti control systems that are effective and at the same time safe, healthy and environment-friendly.