A to Z on Graffiti Removal

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1. Handling Graffiti Removal - Is Your Company Properly Outfitted to Do it? 2. 6 Solvents for Graffiti Removal with Ease. 3. How to Choose the Best Graffiti Removal Company? 4. Graffiti Removal - Tips and Tricks. 5. Graffiti Removal for 4 Different Surfaces. 6. 4 Effective Methods of Graffiti Removal. 7. Indoor and Outdoor Graffiti Removal. 8. Graffiti Removal: Precautionary Measures to Take.


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A to Z on Graffiti Removal

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Synopsis 1. Handling Graffiti Removal - Is Your Company Properly Outfitted to Do it 2. 6 Solvents for Graffiti Removal with Ease 3. How to Choose the Best Graffiti Removal Company 4. Graffiti Removal - Tips and Tricks 5. Graffiti Removal for 4 Different Surfaces 6. 4 Effective Methods of Graffiti Removal 7. Indoor and Outdoor Graffiti Removal 8. Graffiti Removal: Precautionary Measures to Take

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Handling Graffiti Removal - Is Your Company Properly Outfitted to Do it  The Products They are Using  There are so many graffiti removal products available in the commercial cleaning sphere that choosing the best one from them becomes a difficult job. Most of these products were created by companies who had just one thing in mind: profits. While there is no harm in worrying about the bottom line of their business you need to buy products from companies who know what they are making and offering to their customers. They should no the industry and should make products accordingly.  The Product Should be Environment Friendly  As a socially responsible business you should only invest in graffiti removal products that are environment friendly. Make sure the graffiti removal products you choose will not cause any harm to the environment as there are many such products that contain harmful chemicals that take a lot of time to breakdown and remain in the environment for a long time causing irreparable damage to the environment.  The Surface with Graffiti  There is no one product that fits all. You need to choose one according to the surface you are trying to get graffiti removed from. Graffiti removal products work best when they are tailored to the specific surfaces. When choosing a graffiti removal product make sure you choose one that is environment friendly safe and fast while also being effective on the specific surface.

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6 Solvents for Graffiti Removal with Ease  Turpentine  Turpentine is used to dissolve hardened paint that has been on your walls for a long period of time. When you are attempting to remove graffiti from a wall for the first time after days of its application turpentine should be your first choice.  Mineral Spirits  These are more commonly known as ‘White Spirits’. You can use them as a substitute for turpentine. These are actually used as paint thinners by many artists. Mineral spirits are more effective with fresh graffiti.  Naphtha  This solvent is basically a highly flammable cleaning agent. It works best on removing crayon graffiti. But you have to be careful while using it. Make sure you have proper ventilation around you when you’re working with it. Wear protective rubber gloves and respiratory masks just to be safe.

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6 Solvents for Graffiti Removal with Ease  Methylene Chloride  This is a solvent that is mostly used for removing paint. It can remove any and all types of graffiti but due to its extreme nature you have to be careful while using it. Use all precautions necessary rubber gloves respiratory masks etc.  Alcohol  As a graffiti remover alcohol is very useful. It is available in many forms such as methyl ethyl isopropyl or even denatured alcohol. In fact you can also remove graffiti with rubbing alcohol which is generally used for external medicinal purposes. It loosens up hard paint easily. It is particularly efficient in removing pencil stains from wood magic markers and even permanent markers.  Acetone  This solvent is the most effective when it comes to removing stains from plastic surfaces. However it also has harmful effects for Plexiglas. In addition it releases fumes which are hazardous if inhaled. Therefore you must use respiratory masks to make sure you don’t end up inhaling any of the fumes.

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How to Choose the Best Graffiti Removal Company  Search Online  The first thing to do when looking for a graffiti removal company near you is to run a quick online search. This will help you locate the services near you allowing you to make a quick list. This list can then be shortlisted further based on the points that follow below.  Recommendations  You should also ask the people around you for recommendations about graffiti removal companies. There must be people and businesses around you that might have used graffiti removal services and have an experience with these companies. They can provide you feedback about the firsthand experience with these companies which can help you choose the best one for your business.

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How to Choose the Best Graffiti Removal Company  Affordability  When looking for a graffiti removal service one of the main things to consider is the cost. You don’t want to end up burning a hole in your pocket with these services. You need to choose the one that offers their graffiti removal services within your budget. It is best to ask for a quote before you hire them for their services.  Experience  It is best to choose a graffiti removal company that is experienced in what they do. They will know how to take care of your walls and imply the best methods for graffiti removal. They will not damage your property thus you don’t have to worry about paying extra in repairs. They will also make sure to offer you the best personnel as per your specific graffiti removal needs.

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Graffiti Removal - Tips and Tricks  Clean the Surface  Before beginning with the process of graffiti removal make sure you clean the surface thoroughly. Start from the top and work your way to the bottom and catch any liquid that falls as you clean.  Chalk or Spray  The kind of technique that will work best for graffiti removal depends on what type the graffiti is. Pressure washers work best when you are dealing with chalk graffiti. On the other hand you will have to use some abrasives such as acetone paint thinner or other baking soda based products to remove graffiti done with spray paints. It also depends on the surface the paint is sprayed at as everything doesn’t work best in all cases.  Clean the Entire Area  While the main aim is to remove graffiti you cannot leave the entire wall as such and just clean a small part of it. This is going to leave an outline of the graffiti on the wall which looks really bad. Therefore plan to clean the entire wall or any other structure. Clean the whole area and don’t just focus on a small part where the graffiti was.

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Graffiti Removal for 4 Different Surfaces  Brick Walls  Nearly everything that stands still is a target for graffiti. Residential and commercial buildings have to take the brunt of graffiti 90 of the time. Their brick surfaces and matte paint suffers maximum damage. Commonly used methods for removing graffiti from brick walls include sand blasting soda blasting pressure washing and chemical stripping.  Steel Surfaces  The positive point about steel surfaces and stainless steel is that they are very resistant and non-absorbent which basically means that they don’t absorb paint. You do not need any strong chemical graffiti removers for the purpose of cleaning these surfaces. Instead the soft application of mineral spirits can suffice for removing graffiti from steel surfaces.

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Graffiti Removal for 4 Different Surfaces  Wooden Surfaces  Wooden surfaces are very hard to tackle when it comes to graffiti removal because sometimes when the wood is too weathered it will absorb the paint. In such a case if you work extensively to remove the graffiti you will end up damaging the surface of the wood. The better option in these cases is to paint over the wood.  Plastic Surfaces  Plastic chairs or tables which become victims of graffiti art always end up being one of the most difficult surfaces to remove graffiti from. A light solvent can damage it. Even if you apply mineral spirit on it the plastic will get thick or cloudy. You can try using penetrating oil to remove graffiti but sometimes it works and sometimes it just does not. In this case repainting the plastic surface is a better option.

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4 Effective Methods of Graffiti Removal  Paint over the graffiti  If the graffiti covers a larger area and has not seeped into the walls then you can paint over it. You can get a color that is similar to the walls of the building. However make sure to buy sealer coat paint otherwise the graffiti might bleed out through the new coat of paint. You also need to keep the shade in mind. If the color is dark then you can just paint over the graffiti but if the wall color is light it would be advisable to remove the graffiti first otherwise the vibrant colors of the graffiti may show through.  Cleaners  You can remove the traces of graffiti from your property by using some specialist products. You can buy the newer more efficient solvents from the nearest hardware store to you. However you need to make sure that the product is not toxic otherwise it can bring potential harm to your health and those around you.

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4 Effective Methods of Graffiti Removal  Water Pressure or Blasting  Graffiti colossal sized and painted on a porous and previously unpainted surface may need a little bit of a more heavy duty cleaning system. For such a situation it is better that you use water at a high pressure or a sandblaster. It is recommended that you hire and expert to do the cleaning because one false would lead to the creation of an unwanted pore in the structure. If you do use a pressure washing technique it is better to use a washer with low pressure and a wider spray nozzle.  Chemicals  If the graffiti has been sprayed on the unweathered and paint sealed wood then you should use mineral spirits to clean off the painting. However you need to keep in check that the wood should not be weathered otherwise the painting will seep into the wall. Paint thinners will remove graffiti from metal and glass surfaces more efficiently. If the graffiti has been done with a felt pen on the glass aluminum or smooth cement then you only have to use dishwashing detergent.

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Indoor and Outdoor Graffiti Removal  Indoor Graffiti Removal  Indoor graffiti is spread out on tables chairs restroom doors and restroom walls. Commonly indoor graffiti is made with pencils ball- points and in some cases knife blades.  For pencils and ball-point ink any type of cleaning agent can easily do the job for you. You will face trouble while removing the graffiti that has been scratched into the walls but ink is easier to remove. You would not even need to rub the surface too much to clean the pencil and ink.  Just dab the spot with a piece of cloth which is soaked in the cleaning agent a few times. It should do the trick.  If you have to treat vertical surfaces use foaming cleaners.  For surfaces that have been scratched you have to analyze the scratches first. For instance if the scratches have only disturbed the outer layer of the paint you can use common paint softeners to take care of this.  If the scratches are deep and some of the paint has been peeled off then the wiser option is to repaint the area.

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Indoor and Outdoor Graffiti Removal  Outdoor Graffiti Removal  In case of outdoor areas graffiti removal becomes a tad more difficult than it is for the indoor surfaces. That is mostly due to the fact that things outside have so many different kinds of surfaces and each surface requires its own graffiti-removal-protocol  For example if you’re treating graffiti on glass surfaces you will need gel based graffiti removal products so the glass itself is not affected by the removal process. The most dreadful part of cleaning a glass surface is the fact that some stains just stick to it. Make sure that does not happen with you.  On the other hand if you are dealing with chalk graffiti over brick walls you will need a high pressure washer for removing it.  For metal surfaces you can also use natural products like baking soda and citrus juices to remove graffiti off of it. Metal surfaces do not absorb the paint which makes the removal much easier through natural elements.

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Graffiti Removal: Precautionary Measures to Take  Optimal Work Conditions  Ensure that the day you choose to work on is suitable in terms of weather condition and human and traffic movement in the precise location. Avoid the graffiti removal processing on the days where weather updates predict chances of rain fog or ice-related conditions.  Safety Gear  Personal protection equipment is extremely important to ensure that you are completely safe in case of incidents and any unexpected situation. You need to lace yourself up with appropriate safety gear including safety sunglasses high visibility vest appropriate footwear suitable for the work nature protective headgear gloves and dust masks. These tools are mandatory to make sure you are safe from all kinds of hazards and the execution of graffiti removal process will not impact you negatively.  Worksite Precautions  On the site you are working graffiti removal it is essential that you take sufficient measures to ensure the safety and protection. What you need to do on the worksite is to activate the warning lights right after you arrive.

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Graffiti Removal: Precautionary Measures to Take  Acts to Avoid and Perform  While engaged in the graffiti removal process you need to ensure following acts are executed:  Chemicals that are to be used in the removal process are appropriately labelled.  Chemical substances are stored safely and in a manner that minimises the risk of injury.  All tools are in optimum working conditions.  The acts that need to be avoided during the process are:  Do not smoke near the worksite. It can cause an adverse reaction to chemicals in close proximity.  Do not indulge in dealing with chemicals without covering your face with protective gear and hands covered in gloves. You dont want your skin or eyes getting affected by the chemical.  Do not place the ladder on an uneven surface if there is a need for one. Falls from the ladder can lead you to substantial injuries.

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