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Tips for Removing Graffiti

8/6/2015 (Permalink)

Building Services Tips for Removing Graffiti Graffiti Removal Tips

Regardless of which city or town you go to these days, you’ll find signs of graffiti by vandals hoping to cause destruction or draw attention to their message. It’s on office buildings, homes, apartments, shopping centers and subways. Graffiti is applied with a variety of materials like paint, spray paints, etching products and markers, which makes removing graffiti difficult.

Options for Removing Graffiti

The best way to remove graffiti is to determine the type of graffiti product that was used and the type of surface it was applied to. The removal options that follow work the best for removing spray paint, stencils, shoe polish and markers from a number of surfaces.

Glass

Scrape off the graffiti with a razor blade, or try paint thinner and rinse the glass clean.

Masonry 

Options include sand blasting or power washing. Chemical graffiti remover may also be effective for removing graffiti.

Fiberglass/Aluminum Siding

Sparingly apply paint remover to the surface, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Vinyl Siding

Small amounts of chemical solvents work well to remove graffiti. Care should be taken not to remove the vinyl.

Metal

Apply solvents and rub it out with sandpaper or steel wool, which works well. Power washing is another option.

It’s best to remove graffiti by testing a small area using your selected method to see how well the process works.