Graffiti is everywhere. Removing graffiti from your work zone can be a challenge, but with the right knowledge and the right tools, it can be easily managed.
Tools you’ll need:
Having the right tools for the job is the most important way of making graffiti removal easy. For general purpose graffiti removal you’ll need:
- Liquid graffiti remover
- Garden sprayer (preferred) or paint brush
- Pressure washer (preferably hot pressure washer)
Choosing the right liquid graffiti remover
Graffiti remover liquids come in specialized varieties to remove graffiti from the right area. Certain graffiti removers are too powerful for the area and may harm the surrounding finish. Others might be too weak and ineffective against spray paint.
Liquid graffiti removers can be purchased specifically for masonry, signs, and metal surfaces. There are also graffiti removers that have more general purposes, such as Tagaway, and the more powerful Taginator.
Masonry graffiti removers are designed to help in the removal of graffiti from concrete, stone, and brick surfaces. Masonry is a porous surface that requires deep cleaning chemicals to remove soaked-in spray paint.
Sign graffiti removers are specially designed to remove spray paint from street signs without removing the reflective coating. The liquid is best used when pairing it with a light pressure water spray or by using a hand towel to remove the graffiti.
Metal graffiti removers are great for removing spray paint not only from sheet metal, but also for playgrounds and park objects.
Instructions for removing graffiti
For most types of graffiti removal, start by liberally applying a graffiti-removing liquid thinner to the affected area, either by using a garden sprayer or with a paint brush. Test a small area to ensure that the remover does not react negatively to the space you’re working with.
Allow 5-20 minutes for the graffiti remover to breakdown the spray paint in the graffiti, longer in cold weather.
For sensitive areas (like painted structures that have been painted over with graffiti), start with a hand cloth and wipe away as much of the graffiti as possible.
For more durable areas like metal, concrete, brick, and stone surfaces, start with lower pressure from your power washer, then work your way up until you find a pressure that safely removes the graffiti without removing any material underneath.
Most graffiti is removable in one attempt when using a pressure washer along with a liquid graffiti remover. While natural or cheaper alternatives may take graffiti off with multiple washings, liquid graffiti remover coupled with pressure washing is used by experts in all fields to safely and effectively keep your workspace clean.