Best Ways to Remove Graffiti, Paint and Permanent Marker
Any sort of graffiti paint or permanent marker on your own property or in a public place is unsightly and often quite upsetting so we’ve put together some hints and tips on the best methods to Remove Graffiti, Paint and Permanent Marker, as well giving you examples how our quick, safe, water-based and non-toxic specialist Graffiti Go product can help.
If you can it’s best to remove and clean graffiti away as quickly as you can (within 24-48 hours) as studies have shown that this is the best prevention strategy for any budding vandals.
How can you prevent Graffiti vandalism?
- Report any graffiti immediately to your local police (Call 101)
- Remove and clean graffiti away quickly as this shows you care about your property. It also discourages a graffiti artist from doing it again as it doesn’t give them the recognition they are looking for
- Choose darker colours for walls and fences as this means their graffiti won’t stand out less and doesn’t give them the quick and easy recognition they are looking for
- Install motion active lights as these are a real deterrent in the evenings
- Install motion active cameras, again these are a positive deterrent
- Plant thorny plants and vegetation in front of walls and fences offer easy access for people to spray graffiti on or plant even vine plants that attach to your walls or fences
- Install gates, locks and fences wherever possible to prevent graffiti vandals from accessing your property
- Work with your local community, police, local authorities and schools to discuss how graffiti can be prevented and how it impacts your community
- Ask the local schools to talk to their pupils about graffiti and the negative impacts it has on homeowners, businesses and their local community
- Get involved with, or even start a neighbourhood watch scheme for your area and work together to agree on how you can prevent graffiti as well as highlight how graffiti impacts the community negatively
How do you remove Graffiti from a brick wall, masonry surface or stone facade?
Having graffiti sprayed on a wall at your home or business is extremely frustrating, upsetting and we understand it is really difficult to remove unless you have the right graffiti removal product and knowledge to easily remove it.
Brick is an uneven surface which means graffiti paint absorbs into the uneven porous brick which makes it difficult and almost impossible to simply scrape or wipe it off. Chemical and gel masonry strippers can remove graffiti coating from an inside brick wall but it takes time, a lot of applications, lots of scrubbing as well as the chemical product being a risk to your health, skin, eyes and airways.
Eco Solutions Graffiti Go is a specialist graffiti removal product to remove it quickly and easily and most importantly safely.
If the paint is still wet then you should soak it up using an absorbent cloth, when you are doing this try not to wipe the paint as it will spread. When you have removed as much as you can with the absorbent cloth you could use a solvent like white spirit to remove the rest. White spirit has a patent smell and will leave a grease residue so you will need to use a degreasing solvent to remove it after. This removal process is time-consuming but our specialist Graffiti Go product will do the job quickly and efficiently without multiple treatments as well as being water-based, non-toxic making it much safer to use compared to other products.
If the paint has dried then scrape off as much of it as you can. Traditionally you would use a paint remover or stripper to remove any paint remaining, however, most paint removers and strippers contain strong chemical removers which dissolve the paint and varnish from surfaces but which are harmful. They can cause skin and eye irritation, they can burn the skin as well as causing headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness and loss of coordination if not used very carefully. Because of this, we recommend that you use our specialist Graffiti Go product which is a safe graffiti remover which has been formulated from the most advanced, innovative water-based technology not using any solvents, as well as being better for the environment than most other hazardous solvents. Also, be aware that some caustic chemical solutions can cause surface failures or can change the colour of your bricks resulting in long term damage.
Graffiti Go! Demonstration of removing graffiti from brick
A lot of people think that jet washing a wall will remove graffiti, however, we would advise against it even with warm or hot water as it can quickly erode the surface of the bricks as well as spreading the graffiti paint around giving you a bigger surface to remove it from.
How do you remove spray paint from a car?
It really is shocking if you come out to your car and it has been vandalised with paint, marker pen or graffiti. There are lots of traditional methods of removing graffiti from a car like using acetone or nail varnish remover. However, the higher percentage of acetone the better for this but the more likely it will damage the paintwork of your car. If you decide to try this option then always do your research first and remember the aim is to remove the graffiti-like the acetone is made for (to remove the top layer of nails). Wear gloves when you are doing it as the acetone will dry your hands out. Use a microfiber cloth with the acetone on and use small and light circular motions over the paint damage. The removed paint should then transfer to the cloth. Wash the car thoroughly immediately after with warm soapy water. Be careful not to over rub or use too much acetone when you are using this method of removal as it can remove the top protective layer of your car’s paint.
The best and safest way to remove graffiti from your cars paintwork is to use Graffiti Go so you are safe in the knowledge that your cars paintwork won’t get damaged during removal.
How do you remove Graffiti from metal surfaces?
There are a couple of options to try when you are trying to remove graffiti from a metal surface and here are some of the more traditional methods.
Try using a common paint thinner, WD40, lacquer thinner or acetone or even a light penetrating oil with a microfiber cloth. This often leaves grease on the surface and you will need a degreasing product to remove it. If this doesn’t work you can try rubbing it gently with steel, a bronze brush or light sandpaper. If you try to remove it this way, always be aware that the surface of the metal may get damaged in the process leaving it looking dull, scratched or discoloured. If none of these work, then you can try removing it by jet washing the surface but be aware this isn’t often a successful removal method.
Your best solution and safest way to remove graffiti from a metal surface is to use Eco Solutions Graffiti Go. Our non-toxic, water-based graffiti remover does not require sanding nor will it discolour the metal surface.
How do you remove spray paint from wood?
If the wood the graffiti is on is a painted surface or sealed with stain or a sealer then you can try removing it by wiping it with a white or mineral spirit. If the wood is weathered or doesn’t have paint, stain or a sealer then doing this drives the chemicals and the paint further into the porous surfaces. If the wood has no protective layer and it is bare wood then you can try lightly sanding the surface, following the grain of the wood. Power washing can sometimes remove it, however, if it is softwood then it can take the top surface off and splinter. If none of these methods works then you can try giving a couple of coats of paint or stain to cover it up.
Or simply apply Eco Solutions Graffiti Go which removes paint from all types of wood and makes the job quick and efficient and your surface completely graffiti clear.
How do you remove Graffiti from glass?
As with a lot of common removal methods, you can use a white or mineral spirit for graffiti on glass and then use a flat-edged scraper, however, this isn’t a great removal method as the graffiti will spread over the glass and leave a film from the white spirit. You will then need to use a chemical degreasing solvent to remove the grease like surface so you have clean and clear glass again.
The best way to remove graffiti from glass is to use Graffiti Go which is a specific graffiti cleaner, leaving no film or a scratched surface from having to scrape it off. Just apply, wait, wipe and wash off, it really is that easy.
How do you remove paint from plastic?
You can try wiping the plastic with a light penetrating oil, again this will leave grease on the surface so you will need a suitable degreasing product to remove it. If it’s a small area sometimes a magic marker can remove the graffiti coating. We advise you not to use paint thinners on plastic as it can soften it, causing it to misshape, discolour or can result in a permanent stickiness on the surface. You can try painting over the plastic if neither of these options works, however, the best way to remove graffiti from plastic is by using our specialist Graffiti Go Product. Simply, apply, wait, wipe and wash off.
How do you remove Graffiti from masonry?
You can try using a pressure washer to remove graffiti coating from masonry but don’t ever use a narrow or small tip as it can etch the surface of the masonry leaving an outline where the graffiti was. Sand-blasting is another option; however, this is something you would need a professional to do and it can be costly. You can try using a wire brush or steel wool to remove it from masonry, however, you need to be very careful not to damage the surface. If these don’t work then you can paint over the masonry but be aware that you may think a couple of coats have covered it but if it’s a light colour it can show through eventually, or in certain lighting. Also remember, you will need to repaint the whole surface rather than just where the graffiti area is to ensure you don’t end up with patchy colours all over the surface.
Eco Solutions Graffiti Go removes graffiti safely and easily from masonry, leaving no uneven surfaces behind. Spray on, lightly brush and wash off with warm water.
How do you remove Graffiti from limestone?
Limestone is a natural building material which is durable and sought after as it ages really well and is a beautiful finish for any property. The surface of limestone is extremely porous and normally a light colour which makes removing graffiti extremely difficult.
Most chemical removers won’t remove graffiti from limestone due to the graffiti’s pigment and the limestone’s porous surface. Just a small amount of spray paint will bond and stain limestone and you can often think it has been removed, however, it will show up in different light. A lot of chemical removers need the limestone to be jet washed to remove the chemical, however, intense pressure can damage the limestone surface by removing its protective top layer. Soda and sand-blasting are sometimes used to remove graffiti from limestone however these can cause irreversible damage to its protective top layer which will always be visible.
Eco Solutions Graffiti Go will safely and easily remove graffiti from limestone without damaging its surface. Simply cover the graffiti on the limestone, leave it to work its magic and then wash away with warm water.
How do you remove conventional paint safely from skin?
Sometimes home improvement projects go wrong and you end up with spray paint or paint in places you wish you hadn’t but there are ways of removing it. If you wipe the paint when it is still wet you can sometimes remove it but you need to be quick and try to do it so you don’t spread the paint further and then wash with warm soapy water. Quite often you don’t realise you have paint on your skin so it’s usual to have dried by the time you have seen it. Before you try to remove any paint always check the product’s packaging to see if it’s water or oil-based paint as this will determine how, and what products you should use to remove it.
Water-based paints can be loosened with washing up liquid and we are told that green washing up liquid is the best. Work it into the skin and if you think it needs it, use an old soft toothbrush to lift the paint and then wash your hands with warm soapy water.
Oil-based paints can be loosened and removed with pure essential oil which dissolves the oil-based paint. Again, rub it into the skin in circular movements and use an old soft toothbrush for those stubborn stains then wash with warm soapy water. Beware your skin will have a layer of grease after using oil.
You may need to use these techniques a couple of times but they will almost always lift and remove the paint from your skin.
The easiest and most effective way to remove paint from your skin is to use Eco Solutions Graffiti Go which is water-based, non-toxic and safe to use on the skin, Simply spray it on, wipe it away and wash with warm soapy water.
How do you remove spray paint from concrete?
The more traditional way of removing spray paint from concrete is to scrape away the excess paint and wash the area down with washing soda and water or a strong detergent, scrub it with a soft-bristled brush and then rinse with clean warm water. Some people try pressure washing paint from concrete, however, you should be careful as if you spray too close or the washer is too powerful it can lift and chip the concrete and its surface.
A more efficient and safer method is to use Graffiti Go which will almost always remove the spray paint from any concrete surface.
How do you remove spray paint from rock?
Apply a commercial paint remover and allow it to dry, always wear protective gloves and goggles when you are using any paint stripper or remover as they can irritate your skin and eyes or cause burns. Use a wire brush to remove the paint and then wash the area clean.
For a safer and easier way, use Graffiti Go to remove the paint as it doesn’t damage the rock and it is a water-based, safe product in comparison to most paint strippers or removers on the market.
How do you remove Graffiti from a garage door?
The appearance of your garage door can say a lot about you and your home so having paint, permanent marker pen graffiti is something you want to remove quickly.
First, try using some diluted bleach to wash over the door, this doesn’t always work and it depends on the type of garage door it is. If this doesn’t work then wipe a paint remover over the paint or graffiti you want to remove and use small circular motions with a soft cloth, remember to always wear protective gloves and goggles when using these industrial-strength chemicals. When the paint has lifted, you can wash down with warm soapy water. Using a paint remover will mean you will need to paint your whole garage door a couple of times, however, if you use Eco Solutions Graffiti Go it will lift the graffiti leaving your door looking as good as new.
How do you remove permanent marker from surfaces?
Marker pen and permanent marker pen can be used by graffiti artists if they want a quick and easy way of leaving their mark. Permanent marker pens are often used in public toilets, on walls and doors, on play park equipment, mirrors, gates and paving and it looks horrible and unsightly. Even though it’s more likely to be a smaller area compared to graffiti spray paint you will want to remove it quickly and easily. Permanent marker pens are also often used by children around the home, on surfaces they shouldn’t have used it on and in these situations it can be devastating if your walls have been marked, a table has been drawn on or your sofa has been marked.
Eco Solutions Graffiti Go will quickly, easily and safely remove permanent marker pen from all types of surfaces without leaving any marks or damaging the area. Simply spray on, leave it to work its magic and then wipe it away with warm water.
In summary, some of these hints and tips are the more traditional ways of removing graffiti, paint or permanent marker from surfaces, however, they are not always successful or safe to use. Try Graffiti Go as it lifts and removes all types of paint including car spray paint, graffiti shadow, leather dye, marker pen, crayons, fly posters and can you believe it chewing gum in a safe and easy way so it a ‘must-have’ product in your home or business.
Why is our Graffiti Go a Safer and Efficient Option for Removing Graffiti Compared to a Chemical Remover?
Graffiti Go was researched, developed and is manufactured in the UK. It is a safe graffiti remover compared to normal chemical removers so plastic gloves, rubber gloves, a face mask or safety glasses aren’t essential as it is a water-based and non-toxic product. It has been formulated by Eco Solutions from the most advanced, innovative water-based technology which uses” science not solvents”.
Our products are being used safely by an increasing number of consumers and professionals to remove unwanted paint and graffiti from many types of surfaces.
Why Use Graffiti Go?
It is safe to use as well as being safe for the environment compared to conventional hazardous solvents and this makes it ideal for use in sensitive and occupied premises such as; homes, hospitals and schools.
Graffiti Go is a ‘one product does all’ solution, with no before or after treatments needed. It is non-hazardous, non-toxic, non-caustic and doesn’t cause skin burns. It is PH neutral, water-based, “Tough not toxic” and there are No H (hazard) or P (precautionary) statements or warnings on the label.
Trade and Home Use Graffiti Go Removes
All paints including car spray paints – Graffiti shadow – Leather dye – Marker pen – Crayons – Fly posters – Chewing gum, All woods – All metals (including Aluminium) – Stone (including soft and porous stones) – Brick – Marble – Concrete – Most plastics (may etch certain types of Perspex and polycarbonate).
If you are unsure, always try it on a small area first. Graffiti Go is a water-based product with no chemicals so it works on almost any surface, even fabric.
Try Graffiti Go today, it is a brilliant go-to product to have in your home or business for those unexpectant and distressing graffiti, paint or permanent marker needs.
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