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Graffiti Removal Procedure

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Graffiti Removal Procedure for Haymes – ULTIMATE Single-Pack

This graffiti removal procedure is for those who have already painted the wall with the single pack anti graffiti coating from Haymes. I will add some other graffiti removal methods below the Haymes information at the bottom of the article.

Haymes Ultimate Single-Pack Anti-Graffiti Clear Satin is primarily used on exterior applications as a sacrificial coating to guard against graffiti damage. Perfect for concrete substrates, this versatile water-based clear is ideal for painting over sound, previously painted, or prepared masonry surfaces to provide better durability. It is easy to use, offers enhanced UV resistance, and allows for easy removal of graffiti.

Steps for Removing Graffiti

  1. Liberally apply by spray bottle citrus based graffiti remover (ring your local paint store, also available from many hardware stores) to the graffiti.
  2. Allow the graffiti remover approximately 5 minutes to react with the graffiti before scrubbing the surface with a rag soaked in water & rinsing with clean water. A stiff bristled brush may also assist.
  3. This process may need to be repeated more than once to completely remove the graffiti
  4. Dispose of rags and waste thoughtfully.
  5. Apply a new double coat of Haymes Ultimate Single-Pack Anti-Graffiti Clear Satin

NOTE Graffiti removal products remove most types of graffiti, however, some Additives in graffiti (i.e. brake fluid) can make removal difficult and, in some cases, it can’t be removed. Ultimate Anti-Graffiti coatings are made to work with standard everyday graffiti and graffiti removers, if difficulty removing graffiti from coatings is experienced, suggest trying different types of graffiti removers until the correct type is found.

Other Tips for Removing Graffiti

Removing graffiti can be a challenging task, but there are several removing graffiti methods you can try. Keep in mind that the effectiveness of each method may vary depending on the type of surface and the type of paint used for the graffiti. Ideally, we can find out the type of paint used, and also any prior protection added to the wall beforehand will help find a better solution. Here are some tips for removing graffiti:

Act quickly

The sooner you address the graffiti, the easier it is to remove it. Fresh graffiti is generally easier to clean than old, dried paint. Aerosol paint on an unpainted surface will quickly penetrate absorbent surfaces like porous brickwork and be very difficult to remove.

Test a small area first

Before applying any cleaning solution to a large surface, test it on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage the underlying surface.

Water and mild detergent

For smooth surfaces like glass or metal, start by using a mixture of water and a mild detergent. Scrub the graffiti gently with a soft brush or sponge.

Pressure washing

Pressure washing can be effective for removing graffiti from surfaces like concrete or brick. Use a pressure washer with a suitable nozzle and adjust the pressure to avoid damaging the surface.

Paint thinner or acetone

These solvents can be effective in removing graffiti from some surfaces, but they should be used with caution. Test a small area first and wear protective gloves and eye protection.

Painting over the graffiti

There is the option of painting over the graffiti with a paint that colour matches the background colour. This might work for flat-coloured walls but not so good if over an existing detailed mural.

Commercial graffiti removers

There are various graffiti removal products available on the market. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and use protective gear when applying these products.

Baking soda or abrasive materials

For surfaces like metal or plastic, you can try using a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste and gently scrub the graffiti. Avoid abrasive materials on sensitive surfaces.

Heat or steam

Some graffiti can be softened and removed by applying heat or steam. Use a heat gun or a steam cleaner, but be cautious not to damage the surface.

Graffiti-resistant coatings

Consider applying a protective coating to surfaces prone to graffiti. These coatings make it easier to remove graffiti in the future. For example, the single-pack anti-graffiti coating from Haymes also has a double pack.

Contact professionals

If your attempts to remove graffiti are unsuccessful or if you are dealing with a valuable or delicate surface, consider hiring professional graffiti removal services.

Remember to follow safety precautions, wear appropriate protective gear, and always test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire surface. Additionally, be aware of local regulations regarding graffiti removal to ensure compliance with any necessary guidelines.

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