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1. Analysis of graffiti removal techniques. 2. Graffiti Removal Chemicals. 3. Current methods of graffiti removal. 4. Various Graffiti Removal Products. 5. Tools and techniques for removing graffiti. 6. How do you remove graffiti from brick? 7. How do you remove graffiti from metal? 8. Tips for Removing Graffiti From Wood, Plastic. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Graffiti Removal Tips & Tricks

Graffiti Removal Tips Tricks
  1. Analysis of graffiti removal techniques
  2. Graffiti Removal Chemicals
  3. Current methods of graffiti removal
  4. Various Graffiti Removal Products
  5. Tools and techniques for removing graffiti
  6. How do you remove graffiti from brick?
  7. How do you remove graffiti from metal?
  8. Tips for Removing Graffiti From Wood, Plastic

Analysis of graffiti removal techniques
  • Painting over it
  • If your property is covered with graffiti on a
    large scale, repainting it may be your best
    option. Painting over the graffiti is not only
    easier but also cheaper when it comes to removing
    paint from a large area. You can also take this
    opportunity to get the wall painted with a glossy
    enamel, which can act as protection against
    graffiti attacks in the future much better as
    compared to a matte finish. You can also keep an
    extra can of the same paint colour as a quick
    measure in case the property gets vandalized
  • Latex or oil paint
  • Oil-based paint is stronger as compared to latex,
    which is easier to clean as well as inexpensive.
    Even though it is not recommended, if required
    oil paint can be applied if the temperature is
    below freezing point.
  • Sealers
  • After applying the new layer of paint, it would
    be a good idea to use a protectant or sealer. The
    purpose of these products is to seal the pores on
    the surface to prevent future graffiti from
    adhering to the wall. Once the wall is sealed, it
    would get easier to remove any graffiti if it
  • Foam brushes
  • It would be wise to own some foam brushes as they
    are a cheap quick remedy. If the surface gets
    vandalized again you can use them to seamlessly
    blend the new paint into the surface to assist in
    graffiti removal.

Graffiti Removal Chemicals
  • Chemical Paint Removers
  • They work for various surfaces that include
    brick, wood and cement. These solvents are
    extremely strong therefore it is generally only
    sold in specialty industry settings. They include
    Naphtha, Alcohol, Lacquer Thinner, Acetone,
    Methylene Chloride, Turpentine and Mineral
  • Wipes
  • Wipes specifically made to remove graffiti get
    rid of minor spray paint as well as graffiti
    marker spots. They come with a scrubber or cloth
    that can be directly used on the affected
  • Pressure Washing
  • This technique involves combining graffiti
    removal chemicals with pressure washing to
    effectively get rid of graffiti. While it works
    fairly well, it may wear down the quality of the
    affected surface.

Current methods of graffiti removal
  • When you will engage in graffiti removal, you
    realize how tough it really is, especially when
    you are removing it from unpainted, rough brick
    surfaces. The best solution to remove graffiti
    from painted surfaces is to repaint it, although
    it is recommended that you have a proper supply
    of the graffiti removal tools and solvents, as
    they are necessary for rapid response. Another
    reason why this is ideal is that the graffiti
    found nowadays is easier to remove than the one
    used in the past.
  • For metallic surfaces like utility boxes,
    mailboxes, lampposts etc., the best solution to
    remove graffiti is the usage of the graffiti
    removal solvent. They work amazingly and the
    graffiti is removed as soon as it is applied. Not
    many things are required for applying the
    solvent. All you need is a spray bottle, a steel
    wool, and a cleaner.
  • For brick surfaces, you have to use professional
    cleanups. Often, there is a need for a
    biodegradable emulsifier. This will help you in
    reducing the amount of hard work required to get
    rid of the graffiti. It is generally a difficult
    task to tackle a rough surface with average tools
    like wire brushes or solvents. They do seem to
    get the job done but most of the time a hint of
    the graffiti is left on the surface.
  • For painted surfaces like the boundary walls of
    the household, the best method to cover up the
    graffiti is to repaint the surfaces. For this,
    all you have to buy is matching paint like the
    wall with the graffiti on it. The secret to
    removing graffiti is to respond as rapidly as
    possible because once graffiti is strongly
    imprinted, more severe methods have to be used.

Various Graffiti Removal Products
  • Enviro-Solutions Graffiti Remover
  • Most effective for painted and unpainted smooth
  • Least effective for concrete
  • Largely a good product. It does not run while
    wiping as it has a viscous consistency. It is
    ideal for the majority of smooth and hard
    surfaces as well as graffiti types. The amount of
    time the product is supposed to be left on the
    surface depends on the surface and graffiti type.
    For instance, leaving it for 3-5 minutes may work
    better in certain cases whereas, in others, the
    product can respond immediately to the graffiti.
    Moreover, it can disturb the paint of the surface
    in certain cases, however, that is more likely to
    happen due to scrubbing. However, the product
    does not completely get rid of graffiti on
    concrete surfaces and only fades it out.

Various Graffiti Removal Products
  • SOYsolv 1
  • Most effective for painted and unpainted smooth
  • Least effective for wood, painted concrete
  • The product has a trigger spray bottle and is
    overall effective. However, its smell is really
    strong. It works efficiently on both painted and
    unpainted smooth planes without rubbing off the
    paint of the surface as much depending on the
    graffiti type. It also works to some extent on
    plastered concrete, in that it removes the
    majority of the graffiti paint however it leaves
    some shadow. On wood, it smears the graffiti a
    bit but does not get rid of it completely. It may
    perform better on wood and concrete if a pressure
    washer rinse is done afterward. The product may
    be more effective in some cases if left to sit on
    the affected area for 3-5 minutes.
  • BG-Clean
  • Most effective for painted and unpainted smooth
  • This product has a trigger-spray too. It works
    particularly well when trying to remove marker
    graffiti from smooth surfaces. Its performance
    may vary for other graffiti types. Generally, the
    product does not cause any disturbance to the
    paint of the surface unless a scrub pad is used
    aggressively. It works pretty similar to soapy

Various Graffiti Removal Products
  • Taginator
  • Most effective for wood, concrete and unpainted
  • Least effective for metal, painted concrete
  • With a trigger-spray for application, the product
    works exceptionally well on surfaces like
    concrete and unpainted brick, especially if the
    brick wall is relatively new, smooth and less
    porous. However, it has a very strong smell. You
    may need to scrub the spray paint off using a
    stiff brush and water, rinse if the brick wall is
    more porous. You can avoid some of the brushing
    if you have a power washer. It may not be the
    best choice for painted surfaces as it can remove
    the surface paint.
  • Lift Off 3
  • Most effective for unpainted plastic, unpainted
    and painted metal
  • Least effective for painted concrete
  • The product can be applied using a trigger-spray.
    While it performs fairly well on surfaces like
    unpainted plastic and metal, it is important to
    be careful while using this product on painted
    surfaces as it may easily remove the paint from
    the surface. It does not work as well on painted
    concrete and only dulls the graffiti instead of
    removing it. The product also claims it can
    remove graffiti done on fabric.

Tools and techniques for removing graffiti
  • Tools
  • Aerosol remover
  • Clean rags
  • Economical rollers, brushes, and paint
  • Scraper
  • Dust mask
  • Safety specs
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Abrasive blasting for rough surfaces
  • More commonly referred to as sandblasting, this
    involves forcing a high-pressure stream of coarse
    particles against the surface to remove graffiti.
  • Paint over it
  • It is best to repaint over graffiti if the
    surface is painted to remove it completely. Using
    specific chemicals or graffiti removal solvents
    to fade out the graffiti as much as possible and
    painting over it is the easiest way to fully get
    rid of it.

Tools and techniques for removing graffiti
  • Elbow Grease and the Wire Brush
  • A low-cost wire brush is perfect for getting rid
    of paint from various surfaces. While the surface
    may end up looking like it was scrubbed with a
    wire brush, the graffiti will considerably fade.
    It is better to use the wire brush on surfaces
    that will weather back to their original texture
    or colour over time such as street curbs,
    telephone poles, certain rough metals, decorative
    rocks, smooth stone surfaces, concrete and wood
  • Solvents
  • While painting over the graffiti on a painted
    surface is a good idea, it would be smart to have
    a solvent that can remove graffiti for the quick
    response as fresh graffiti is generally easier to
    get rid of than older graffiti. There are
    numerous products for graffiti removal available
    in the market. It can be helpful to research them
    and familiarize yourself with them. Learn about
    how to safely handle and use them. Knowing about
    the product you are handling is essential to make
    sure you are able to take care of an accidental
    injury caused by the product.
  • Anti-Graffiti Coating
  • It is a covering that prevents the bonding of
    graffiti paint to surfaces. Applying a protective
    layer is a smart move for removing graffiti,
    particularly if your house is a common victim of

How do you remove graffiti from brick?
  • Start with pouring the Graffiti Remover into a
    spray bottle. Make sure that the spray bottle is
    perfectly clean so that you do not accidentally
    mix the remover with chemicals.
  • Carefully spray the remover over the graffiti.
  • Leave the remover for around 20 minutes for
    maximum effect when the temperature is warm.
    Leave the remover for a longer period of time
    when the weather is cold.
  • Wash the area using pressure wash at around
    1500-2000 PSI. For even better results, hot water
    is ideal.
  • Repeat the process if required.

How do you remove graffiti from metal?
  • Graffiti can be erased from metal objects by the
    use of thinning solvents such as chemical paint
    removers, alcohol spirits, and kerosene oil or
    handy wipes. The method is simple as to apply the
    solvents or thinner by spraying directly on the
    graffiti and covering areas, a steel wool, or any
    other hard surface cloth or material can be used
    to rub the graffiti off the metal.
  • A strong solvent and a rigid continuous rub of
    steel wood on the metal leads the graffiti to
    dissolve and melt off the metal surface. This
    method can be repeated to make sure the metal is
    free of the graffiti till the nuisance is
    completely erased from everywhere it exists.

Tips for Removing Graffiti From Wood, Plastic
  • Graffiti found on wood surfaces
  • Mineral spirits often get the job done
    efficiently but that is only the case if the wood
    is not in a weathered condition or it is sealed
    with a sealer, stain or any other material. In
    case the wood is weathered, this technique is not
    ideal. This is because the weathered wood will
    absorb all the chemicals, driving the applied
    paint down
  • Use a power washer with the pressure of around
    3000 PSI but be very cautious that you do not
    drive the paint further into the wood
  • Painting over the graffiti is the best solution
    when nothing works out
  • Graffiti found on Plastic Surfaces
  • Wipe the graffiti with penetrating oil but make
    sure that it is mild. Refrain from using paint
    thinners because they can make the plastic soft.
    Alongside, they can cause permanent tackiness of
    clouding of the surface, so be very careful while
    using it
  • Use bronze wool or ultra-fine steel to slightly
    rub the paint
  • In case these methods do not work, repaint the

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