How to remove graffiti
Some people view graffiti as an art form, with some graffiti artists’ artwork in huge demand. Think of Banksy. Banksy’s Game Changer raised over £16m for the NHS when it was eventually sold for £16,758,000 at Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale in London in March 2021. The price started at £1.6 million but soon shot up after 15 minutes of intense bidding. This resulted in the artwork eventually selling for almost seven times its £2.5 million low estimate.
However, not all graffiti is of this quality or in such demand. It is estimated that in the UK alone, councils and private businesses spend over £1 billion a year on graffiti removal. This includes shopping centres, commercial businesses, public spaces, and transport hubs. This is a huge cost to whoever eventually picks up the bill.
If you've been the victim of unwanted graffiti, you have a couple of options. You can pay for a specialist company to remove the graffiti for you. It's expensive, however, in some serious cases it could be the only option. Or, and this is the cheaper option, you can use the correct materials and clean the affected area yourself.
Where we come in
One of our best-selling cleaning products is a specially formulated graffiti removal solvent by Tetrion. Despite being branded as graffiti removal, it is excellent at removing smaller ‘permanent’ marks from surfaces. Accidents caused items such as permanent marker pens, we've all been there! The full product name is Easy Spray Graffiti Remover. It's an extremely powerful non-drip solvent created to remove unwanted graffiti marks. Marks such as spray paint, marker pens, crayons, and ink from a variety of surfaces. Wood, glass, masonry stainless steel and galvanised steel are no match.
This is by far the best product we have used. Others often leave a residue and do not work as well. Knowing how well it works with stainless steel and many other materials, we thought this was such a good product it was worthy of selling online. We launched this product having used it for many years ourselves in the preparation of stainless steel prior to polishing or coating to remove ink marks added during production. This cleaning product used to be available under the Carplan brand range until Easy Spray Graffiti Remover replaced it in an easy spray lightweight container.
Just one point to remember. Graffiti is sometimes exceedingly difficult to remove. Therefore, sometimes you will need more than just a solvent to get rid of the offending messages or artwork. Here are a few tips for how to remove graffiti from some different surface types.
Firstly, apply the Tetrosyl Easy Spray Graffiti Remover in line with the instructions on the packaging, wait ten minutes, and wipe off. If the graffiti remains, try using steel or bronze wool with the graffiti remover, taking care not to scratch the surface.
If the wood is not weathered, and is sealed with paint or a varnish, apply our graffiti remover and wipe the surface down with a clean cloth. If wood is weathered, do not apply chemicals as it can drive the graffiti paint deeper into the wood making the problem worse. In both cases, if the graffiti remains, a pressure washer should help remove it.
Apply our graffiti remover and wipe the surface down. Do not use paint thinner or any other solvent with the remover as it can soften the plastic and cause clouding. If the graffiti remains, try using ultra-fine wire wool with the graffiti remover.
Graffiti is tougher to remove from uneven masonry surfaces which can be more porous than steel or plastic. As a result, paint may be driven further into the material. We recommend using our graffiti remover and scrubbing the surface. If graffiti remains, use a 3000psi pressure washer (don't use a narrow tip. It might etch the masonry surface leaving an outline of the graffiti).
If you have any questions or you would like to discuss the suitability of Tetrosyl Easy Spray Graffiti Remover for a specific job you have, please give us a call - we are sure we will be able to help you.
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