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THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO REMOVE GRAFFITI

There is a right and wrong way to remove graffiti! Problem is that there are numerous examples in and around our suburbs where it has been done the wrong way.

Reactive measures usually taken are the painting out, water blasting, sand blasting and cleaning off of graffiti after it appears.

This approach, while immediately effective, can lead to maintenance problems in the future due to unacceptable build up of layers of paint. There are some surfaces that do not lend themselves to paint being applied, so the method cannot be used in all cases. There is also the problem of colour matching to the existing paint colour. More often then not, the approach leads to a ‘patchwork quilt’ effect that adds to the problem of visual pollution. That’s why we focus on correctly colour matching the surface for a cleaner finish.

All colours will be entered into our unique database to ensure the correct color is obtained for future use.

Some surfaces such as bare concrete are cleaned by water or sand blasting. The abrasive action of this method of cleaning leads to other problems such as pitting, scarifying of the asset surface, which in turn leads to future maintenance problems with a particular asset. It can also shorten the life or weaken the structural integrity of some components.

Other issues arise when unqualified people attempt to deal with specialized areas of graffiti management. These issues can include:

  • Assessment of the effectiveness or otherwise of products it has used covering features such as cost to apply, method of application, success of product, effect of product on the physical surface of the asset, etc.

  • Incorrect cleaning solutions being applied to some assets, resulting in damage to the physical surface of the asset i.e. pitting, scarification.

  • Lack of consistency with removal methods.

  • Incorrect cleaning methods being used, resulting in a smear or smudge being left on the surface of the asset, rather than total removal or painting.

  • Loss of ‘organisational knowledge’ as to what is the correct cleaning method and solution is, when key staff leaves.

At Graffiti Force we pride ourselves on ensuring the methods and products used will effectively remove the problem with minimal impact on the surface.

Examples of the Wrong Way

Reactive measures are usually taken include: painting out, water blasting, sand blasting and cleaning off of graffiti after it appears. This can lead to maintenance problems in the future eg a build up of paint.

Colour matching is also a problem which leads to a ‘patchwork quilt’ effect which enhances the visual pollution

Water & sand blasting can be abrasive and lead to other problems such as pitting & scarifying of the asset surface.