Friday, July 23, 2010

Graffiti Removal

I would like to take a few moments today and discuss how to remove graffiti or tags. The key thing to rememeber with graffiti is that there are many factors that will affect what you do. Factors such as Surface, Product used to create tag, and how long it’s been there.

Let’s start with the surface. On a smooth surface weather it is painted or not you have several options. One of those options which is becoming more popular is a graffiti wipe. The wipe contains the chemical required to break down the tag and be able to wipe it away. It is a low odor, and when using the proper PPE is one of the safest choices. The other option is to apply the graffiti remover directly to the surface using a brush or rag. Then using a scrub brush or pad agitate the affected area. Finally pressure wash or wipe away whats left.

Rough surface. The principal in removing a tag on a rough surface is much the same. First you would apply the graffiti remover with a brush. Next you would agitate the area using a scrub brush. And finally you would pressure wash the chemical and tag away.

The last thing to keep in mind is product. Never use a product designed for rough surface (typically designed for stone (i.e. Brick)) on a smooth surface painted or not, without doing a small test area. Some stronger heavy duty graffiti remover will affect either the paint on the surface or in the case of a metal surface may even discolour it.

Yes graffiti removal can be fairly simple. Apply, scrub and rinse preferably pressure wash off. Then you can have a tag free facility. And if you don’t want to do it yourself there are always plenty of professionals who would love to remove the tag for you.

“Nothing is too filthy for Phil-T”

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