Anti Graffiti Systems for DIY
Anti Graffiti coatings and graffiti removal is often very expensive and usually done by proffesionals. Fortunaltely, there are now anti graffiti coatings and graffiti removal systems that can be used by the DIY handyman.
Graffiti is a major problem all over the world costing tax payers millions of dollars every year in the prevention and removal of unsightly tags and graffiti. Some graffiti is true art, but unfortunately most is obscenity and tags. Tags are people's ID mark, and can be either their initials or just some obscure symbol which only they or other taggers know. Tagging is not just kids, but grown adults travelling the country leaving their tag in an underworld game of tagging. The idea of this game is to leave their tag in as many and difficult positions as possible. This makes for unsightly landscape that is costing business, governments and the public sector a fortune. Up until now professional companies have been called in to apply anti graffiti sacrificial coatings and to remove the graffiti with a cocktail of dangerous chemicals.
There are countless numbers of ways to remove and prevent graffiti, from re-painting through to sacrificial coatings. Re-painting is often used but is time consuming and expensive. A very popular method is to use a sacrificial coating. These are generally wax based, and once attacked with graffiti are completely removed and re-applied. A very expensive exercise, considering more often than not they are attacked with graffiti again the next day.
The best way to combat these graffiti artists is to remove the graffiti before anyone has a chance to see it! If their handy work is removed immediately over and over they will often give up after 3-4 times of removal. It is very frustrating for a graffiti artist not to see their work the next day and also becomes a waste of time and paint on their behalf. Time is crucial! To be able to achieve this you must have a anti graffiti system that will enable quick and easy removal over and over without damaging the material underneath and the costly replacement of the coating every time it is attacked with graffiti.
I have tried many different anti graffiti systems to deter these people from attacking my factory walls, and up until recently have had limited success. Last year I came across an anti graffiti product that is painted on the wall and can be attacked by graffiti and removed again 4-5 times before having to re-apply the skin, all at a reasonable cost.
There are major advantages with this anti graffiti product over others that I have used. Not only will it allow the quick and easy removal of graffiti, but it also protects the surface from harsh weather conditions such as UV damage, salt corrosion and various forms of chemical attack. This anti graffiti skin can be applied to almost any surface including concrete, metals, vinyl and timbers and will last in excess of 5 years if not attacked by any graffiti. You also have the ability to re-apply the anti graffiti skin to small sections that have been continuously attacked, rather than to have to do the complete wall as with other systems. The anti graffiti skin is invisible on most surfaces and will actually enhance and protect any surface that it is applied to. The best thing about this system is that it can be applied by anyone very easily. The skin can be rolled, sprayed or painted on to virtually any surface. The removal of graffiti or tags is just as easy. Using a spray bottle, the anti graffiti removal product is sprayed lightly on to the graffiti, left for 30 seconds to penetrate and simply wiped off. It's that easy. Since using this anti graffiti system I completely stopped the graffiti on my factory walls within 3 attacks as I was able to remove it that morning before anyone had a chance to see it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Mcleay is a Flooring & Coating contractor with 15 years experience in the business. Andrew is the director of Con-Treat, who distribute and install products for Anti Graffitti & Concrete Protection throughout Q.L.D & Northern NSW. For further info go to www.con-treat.com.au