A Quick Guide to Graffiti Removal
Ace Painting is here to give you a quick guide to graffiti removal. Graffiti can turn a perfectly good store front into a mess. Besides being an act of vandalism, graffiti can help decrease how potential customers perceive your business, and even influence whether or not they will come in. When graffiti happens to your property, then it has to go. So how can you remove graffiti? Lets take a quick moment to review the basic steps you can take to repair your walls.
1. Get The Right Supplies
The first thing you need to do is identify the surface that you want to remove graffiti from. The chemicals and treatments you use to clean will depend entirely on the surface. Common surfaces include wood, vinyl, aluminum, glass, and masonry. Each of these require slightly different treatment plans. Along with looking up what the best possible cleaners are for these materials, be sure to get a plastic tarp, drop cloths, masking tape, and cover sheets. Spread them around the areas you do not want to get cleaned. In addition, make sure you have rubber gloves, a wire brush, scrapers, and goggles handy.
2. Prepare The Surface
Make sure the surface is dry and free of debris.
3. Identify the Graffiti
Is it chalk or spray paint? Chalk can be removed effectively with a power washer on most surfaces. Spray paint will require some kind of solvent, like paint thinner, baking soda, and even WD-40 on cement surfaces. This may take some trial and error to figure out what will work best for you.
4. When one Fails, Use More
Removing graffiti will sometimes require more then just one cleaning product. For example, you can apply a solution to the graffiti directly, and then power wash it after it has some time to settle in.
5. Preventative Coating
Once the majority of the graffiti is gone, then consider applying a preventative coating to your surface. Once applied, the preventative coating will make it far more challenging for new graffiti to stick to the surface.
If there is still a noticeable mark where the graffiti used to be, then you can repaint the entire wall. This may take some time, however it is one of the best ways to completely remove graffiti that has been left.
7. Call the Experts
If all techniques have failed you, then strongly consider hiring an expert. Besides being able to take care of the job for you, they will also be able to help teach you the kinds of products and equipment you will need to remove graffiti in the future. Tom at Ace Painting is here to take your calls. Give Tom a call at 216-323-0552 for your free estimate today! If you have questions about quick guide to graffiti removal you can also check out our website.