Dealing with Graffiti

43543543Graffiti is generally considered a community blemish and cleaning it off can cost the Victorian government millions of dollars. And particularly for properties in urban areas, graffiti still poses an ongoing issue. Fortunately to tackle the problem, the state government partners with councils, and other government agencies to operate correctional service programs that assist in removing graffiti across the Victoria, which saves commercial operators substantial costs for its removal. Other anti-graffiti initiatives created by the government include education and diversionary programs, community interest groups and street art projects.

For measures you can actively take at your property, you can plant trees or other vegetation to make graffiti prone walls more difficult to access and less attractive to offenders. Alternatively applying anti-graffiti coatings or paint can ease removal and discourage graffiti. Varieties of anti-graffiti coatings include:

Sacrificial treatments

Usually in form of clear, thin film emulsions applied to the surface. When defaced, the sacrificial coating is removed with the graffiti, usually by hot water blast, and a new coating is required immediately.

Semi-sacrificial treatments

These types are high build coatings and are usually water-based. Little by little, the layer is eroded each time the graffiti is scrubbed off and further coats are reapplied to replace layers that are completely worn away, and to restore the original appearance.

Non-sacrificial anti-graffiti

There are two varieties of non-sacrificial anti-graffiti; one of them is the permanent two-pack coating which forms a hard and protective film over the underlying paint. They come pigmented or clear however, clear types impart a distinct gloss and can slightly darken some surfaces, much like a wet surface appearance. Graffiti can then be removed using aggressive graffiti removal agents that dissolve everything but the two-pack coating.

Unlike sacrificial treatments, which form a film, non-sacrificial surface treatments chemically modify the surface of the underlying paint and lower the adhesion of any graffiti applied after treatment. Graffiti is then removed relatively easily by medium to high-pressure water washes. Whether you are a commercial or residential property owner, local councils around Victoria have various measures to combat graffiti. If graffiti is an issue for your property, contact your local council for more information about government-funded initiatives. Alternatively, for more convenient painting solutions contact this commercial painting experts in Melbourne.