Graffiti is a common problem for commercial as well as public sites. Graffiti can also be a problem for residential properties. Graffiti may seem like a rather draining task to deal with.
Graffiti can occur on many different types of surfaces. In some cases graffiti is covered over with paint which seems like the easiest solution. However, not all surfaces can be painted. Taggers love to put up their art or make a statement where people can see it. Graffiti can be put up on any surface such as metal, wood, concrete block walls and brick. Again, many of these surfaces can’t be painted over, especially road signs, advertisements and natural surfaces. This is where pressure cleaning comes into play for commercial and residential properties.
Paint Over or Remove Graffiti with Pressure Washer
Pressure cleaning can remove graffiti off of concrete, wood, brick, asphalt, vinyl, metal and stone. Pressuring cleaning can often use hot water and the force of the pressure machine is all that is needed to remove the graffiti. Depending on the surface, some may require a paint remover or cleaning solution to remove the paint. When removing graffiti, the type of paint used can also determine what method of pressure cleaning will be used.
Removing Graffiti from Porous & Non-Porous Surfaces
When graffiti is employed, there are five types of paint that are commonly used. One is a polyurethane which a lacquer or enamel. Another is brush-applied oil paint, and alkyd paint. Synthetic resin such as vinyl, acrylic, and methacrylate paint is also used. However, paint is not the only thing used to put graffiti on walls, so are markers. Felt markers are also used for graffiti. Depending on what was used to create the graffiti and what surface has graffiti on it, the cleaning methods will vary. When cleaning graffiti from concrete surfaces often only hot water is needed. Along with hot water a pressure setting of 5000 PSI is used at the rate of 5.0 GPM. Brick and mortar surfaces require less pressure and should be cleaned with the force of 2000 to 3000 PSI. Often brick and mortar will need a cleaning gel or paste compound to remove the paint or ink. Metal surfaces often need a paint thinner or industrial chemical graffiti remover along with the pressure cleaning. Where most of the graffiti is removed with the use of chemicals, only a soft pressure cleaning is needed to finish removing the rest of the graffiti. Wood is another soft surface that only needs 3000 PSI and a bit of mineral spirits to remove graffiti.
Graffiti Removal Power Washing & More in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove, Griffin, Stockbridge & Social Circle Georgia
Graffiti is a common problem and becomes more so during the summer season where teens are out of school. For those who find themselves victims of graffiti and require professional pressure cleaning services, Big Moose Pressure Cleaning provides graffiti removal along with commercial and residential pressure cleaning services. To schedule our services, contact Big Moose Pressure Cleaning today.