Has your business had problems with graffiti?
No one’s excited about showing up to work and finding a fresh new tag on the side of the building. It’s unsightly for your customers, it’s a pain to remove, and you have to deal with it quickly to keep up your business’s reputation.
There are ways you can both minimize graffiti in the first place and easily remove it after it’s been sprayed, though. If you’re willing to put in a little work up front, graffiti can be less of an issue.
Stopping graffiti before it starts
If you want to stop graffiti, you can use a coating that doesn’t easily accept paint or allows it to be easily cleaned off. There are two general types: sacrificial and non-sacrificial. Both are sprayed onto the wall, but they work in different ways.
Sacrificial coatings work by attracting the paint to themselves so that the paint bonds to the coating instead of the wall. Once the graffiti is finished, all it takes is a quick pressure wash to remove both coating and paint. The coating has to be reapplied after every incident, though.
Non-sacrificial coatings are a permanent part of the wall and stop the paint from forming a bond with it. They repel the paint molecules, making it easy to wash the paint off. These coatings have to be periodically reapplied as they wear down, but don’t have to be refreshed after every incident.
If you don’t have a coating on your building and have to remove some graffiti, there are a few tips that can help you get it off efficiently and completely.
Make sure that you get it done immediately. The optimal time to remove graffiti from a wall is within 24 to 48 hours, before the paint has had a chance to dry and stick to the wall. Depending on the wall, you might need some different treatments to remove it.
Some materials can just be pressure washed to remove any graffiti. Masonry and metal can often just be pressure washed. Some masonry may need to be sandblasted to remove very stubborn paint. If the material is very old, though, it can be difficult to remove all traces of graffiti from a building. The older it is, the more likely it is to be hard to remove.
JK Industries is able to both install graffiti-resistant coatings and remove old graffiti. We exclusively use permanent anti-graffiti coatings which repel paint. If you want to stop graffiti before it starts, we can help with that—or if it’s already happened, we’ll get your building back into top shape. Call us and we’ll get started getting rid of your graffiti problem.