Graffiti Removal

Anti Graffiti Coatings

If taggers constantly attack your property, it is time to get a protective layer to solve the problem!

Dealing with Anti-Graffiti Coatings

Graffiti should be addressed by a different method other than just painting over it. Painting over graffiti only presents the ‘artist’ with a brand new canvas, which usually results in additional defacement. The affected surfaces should be protected, for example, with commercially available anti-graffiti paint.

Anti-graffiti coatings come in two main types, sacrificial and non-sacrificial.

Anti Graffiti Coatings
Anti Graffiti Coatings

Sacrificial coatings are usually wax-based products that form a clear protective film over the treated area. This protective film stops the spray paint or other materials from penetrating into the substrate. The graffiti is then easily removed with specialized cleaners and hot pressurised water. The sacrificial anti-graffiti coating must be reapplied onto the affected area.

Non-sacrificial graffiti-resistant coatings are usually polyurethane-based products that are applied and function in the same manner as the sacrificial coating. The difference is that there is no need to reapply the non-sacrificial coating after the graffiti has been removed. 

 

Both coatings can be applied over painted or unpainted surfaces. However, if they are applied over painted surfaces, they have the tendency to distort the appearance of deep, vibrant colours and may cause them to look a bit hazy.

Other than how they work, the big difference between sacrificial and non-sacrificial coatings is the cost. Permanent coatings do cost more. However, permanent coatings are a one-time cost when the correct type is used. Most maintenance personnel agree that permanent coatings end up being the significantly cheaper option over the life of a building due to the reduced time and maintenance costs.

How to choose your anti-graffiti coating?

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SACRIFICIAL COATINGS

With sacrificial coatings the graffiti removal process involves using high-pressure hot water to remove the graffiti and the coating.

After the graffiti has been removed, the coating must be patch repaired and applied again.

ADVANTAGES

Less expensive
Easier to apply
Nobody will notice the coating
Water based
Low sheen appearance

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DISADVANTAGES

Coating life is four years
Available in clear only
Coatings can’t be used to cover existing graffiti
Once graffiti is removed the coating needs to be re-applied
Coatings are broken down by UV light over time

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LONG LIFE PROTECTIVE COATINGS

Protect your property with our anti-graffiti long life coating. Long-life coatings comprise a two-pack polyethylene base. The coating forms a hard base that allows special cleaning solutions to be used. These solutions can dissolve and remove graffiti quickly without affecting the coating. Additionally, these coatings have a lifespan of up to 10 years assuming they are maintained and cleaned correctly.

ADVANTAGES

Makes graffiti removal simple-just use the correct removal chemical
Available in polyurethane and water base to provide different looks
Extremely durable
Available in all sheen levels
Available in all Australian standard colours
Graffiti can be removed multiple times
Helps protect buildings from dirt, pollution, and mould staining

DISADVANTAGES

More expensive
Graffiti removal requires the correct chemicals

ANTI GRAFFITI COATINGS

INVISIBLE COATINGS

This new technology is a truly invisible protective system that is available in both sacrificial and non-sacrificial coatings. Are you looking for an invisible protective shield to encase your valuable building? Fortunately, you can protect it from costly and permanent damage caused by graffiti vandalism with invisible coatings.

ADVANTAGES

Invisible appearance
3 to 4 year life span
Safe to apply in public spaces
Suitable for masonry surfaces like brick, bluestone, sandstone, concrete, limestone
Cleaning times reduced by 45%
Cleaning costs reduced by up to 50%
Comes in two variants, sacrificial (replace after each clean) and non-sacrificial (replace after 5 cleans)

SUITABLE SURFACES

Concrete Render
Brick including ‘Old Red’ brick
Concrete
Bluestone
Granite
Sandstone
Limestone
Heritage Listed

 

The key to choosing the right anti-graffiti product is to have familiarity with its results. If you don’t have experience with a particular product, working with an experienced graffiti removal company like Ablate will help you choose the best product for your project. To learn more about these options and how they can work with painted, unfinished, and other surfaces, contact Ablate today to learn more about our service and how we can help you protect your building.

 

Time is essential

Graffiti should be removed as soon as it is discovered – while the paint is fresh is best! The longer it remains on the surface the more difficult it is to remove.

Immediate removal of the graffiti also discourages other taggers to add or respond to it. Depending on what the surface is, the kind of material used by the tagger and how long it has been on the surface, some of the following methods may be effective for the removal of graffiti.

  • Waterless hand cleaner and a garden hose
  • Mild solvents (alcohol)
  • Solvent saturated newspaper taped to the graffiti surface for a few hours
  • Hot-water blasting or steam cleaning
  • Soda bicarbonate or ice blasting

If you are a business owner or facilities manager and you are in need of anti-graffiti solutions for your property in Melbourne or information about products and painting services, give us a call today message below. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

 

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