Graffiti is an issue that has existed since a long time. The removal of graffiti is not simply a ‘wipe on, wipe off’ affair, especially when the surface is rough. Sometimes, all you will be able to do is to reduce the graffiti to a fade. However, that does not mean you give up easily. Follow the tips below and make the surface affected by graffiti look as good as it used to!
Often, the removal of graffiti, regardless of the type of surface, has proven to be a nuisance. Secondly, the process is not as easy as it sounds. Strong, hard-to-use materials have to be used in order to remove the intense graffiti. The following are the best methods you can use to efficiently remove graffiti.
An important thing to consider before we start with the removal methods: Try to start with the removal process within 24-48 hours from the time graffiti strikes. Studies have proven that the best graffiti removal strategy is immediate removal.
Now let’s take a look at the removal methods for graffiti on plastic, metal and wood:
Graffiti found on metal surfaces
– Start off with wiping graffiti with a paint thinner that you can find easily in the local market. Use products specifically manufactured for graffiti removal. You can also wipe off graffiti by using a mild penetrating oil, but this is mostly ideal only when the graffiti is not very intense.
– If the graffiti still remains, use sandpaper with a firm hand. Other things that can be used for rubbing are bronze or steel wool
– If you still require intensive methods and the graffiti remains, you should use power washing. The ideal pressure is 3000 PSI if you are using a pressure washer
– In case all of these methods fail to remove the graffiti, the best way to get rid of graffiti is to paint over the surface
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 graffiti