Graffiti is an unfortunate reality for owners of commercial structures in Baltimore. So how do you get rid of it? Different approaches need to be taken for different surfaces. Learn more about how to remove graffiti in Baltimore in this week’s blog.
If it’s a masonry surface such as concrete, pressure washing with a 3000psi pressure washer is the ideal solution. Make sure the tip of the pressure wand is not too narrow, as this will basically leave an outline of the graffiti you just cleaned. Sand-blasting can also be used to remove graffiti from masonry surfaces, again, making sure the tip is not too narrow. With both pressure washing and sand blasting, remember to keep the tip of the wand moving continuously.
Mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, acetone, and any paint thinner can be used to remove graffiti, as can products with a light penetrating oil such as WD-40. If this doesn’t do the trick, try using steel wool, bronze wool, or sandpaper. Still not doing the job? Power-washing with a 3000psi pressure washer may be enough to remove the graffiti.
If the graffiti is on treated/sealed wood and the wood is not weathered, mineral spirits can be used to wipe the paint away. Do not do this on weathered and/or untreated wood, because this will just make the paint harder to remove. Power washing is another option, but this can also just push the paint further into the wood. Sanding and repainting is a sure way to remove graffiti from wood in any circumstance.
A light penetrating oil like WD-40 can be used to wipe graffiti off of plastic. You can also try a very fine grain steel or bronze wool.
Using a razor blade held at a 30-degree angle to the glass, scrape the paint off. This method is highly effective. Make sure to use a holder for the blade and to use extreme caution when scraping. Do not force it if the paint won’t come off. Fine grain bronze wool with water can be used to remove remaining paint.
In all cases, if the methods above don’t work, as a last effort you can simply paint over the graffiti, being careful to match the paint color with the current color of the wall. Or, save yourself the trouble and contact Consolidated Coatings. We offer graffiti removal in Baltimore for any structure or material. Contact us today to learn more.
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Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.