Removing graffiti from your building or sidewalk

If you’re like many building owners or managers, you’ve probably wondered what’s the best way to remove graffiti. 

Graffiti is more popular now than it’s ever been. But, to business owners, it’s nothing but vandalism. When it comes to graffiti, the faster you remove it, the easier it is to take off and the less likely vandals are to retarget that area. Warning signs and cameras can also help prevent it from recurring, but what do you do when you need to remove graffiti from brick, concrete, or another material ASAP?

Thankfully, you have a few different options when it comes to graffiti removal. Whether you need to know how to remove graffiti from concrete, brick walls, or how to remove spray paint graffiti in general, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s take an in-depth look at exactly what it takes to remove graffiti from brick and other materials, and how you can clean up any wall or sidewalk with ease, minimizing the potential implications of any unwanted graffiti on your property.

How do you remove graffiti?

Depending on what kind of surface (masonry, concrete, metal, wood, etc.) and what kind of paint you’re dealing with, the answer to the question of how to remove graffiti can have multiple answers. That’s because each surface, or substrate, is made up of various components that interact with graffiti differently. So the most effective method to remove graffiti will vary as well. (The matrix of cement and other ingredients in concrete, brick, block and other materials, as well as the porosity, surface finish and more can affect how graffiti bonds to that substrate.)

A good first place to start is with a multi-surface paint remover like PROSOCO’s Graffiti Remover. This product can remove a variety of graffiti types, including spray paints and magic marker, from wood, masonry, and metal surfaces. It’s applicable in many regions because it doesn’t contain methanol, methylene chloride or halogenated solvents, which are prohibited on many projects.

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Another option is SafStrip, a paint stripper that works on most hard surfaces and can remove high-strength paints and clear coats without the use of methanol or methylene chloride. SafStrip has a gel consistency so it’s spill-resistant and easy to apply. It’s effective on oil-based alkyd paints, acrylics, clear sealers, spray paints, marking pens, lacquers, yellowed sealers and wax buildup. An advantage of this product is that it does not require surface neutralization, and rinses off easily with cold or hot water. 


The best way to remove graffiti from brick

If you’ve got multiple layers of graffiti that have been baked on by the sun for years and need something stronger than Graffiti Remover or SafStrip, then a product like Sure Klean Heavy Duty Paint Stripper will be your best friend. This product can cut through and remove multiple layers of graffiti and paint from any masonry surface.

It’s an extended-contact, slow-working remover which stays active for 24 hours. By simply applying this heavy-duty paint stripper to your masonry surface, you can dissolve a heavy buildup of paint, restoring the surface to its former glory.

This product is great for masonry-only surfaces because it’s able to dissolve all types of paint and most types of spray paint, including graffiti, lacquers, alkyds, latex, acrylics, clear sealers and more. The gel consistency of Sure Klean Heavy Duty Paint Stripper also adheres to vertical surfaces, which greatly reduces spillage.

It can be applied with a roller, brush, or any kind of conventional airless spray equipment. It also contains no methanol, chlorinated solvents, or methylene chloride, and is completely non-flammable as well as water-rinsable. Heavy Duty Paint Stripper differs from Graffiti Remover and SafStrip in that it requires neutralization after application.

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How to remove graffiti from concrete and other surfaces

No matter how beautiful or artistic graffiti may be, it’s still likely an unwanted nuisance for you or your company. If you need to know how to remove graffiti from sidewalks, how to remove graffiti from stone, or any other type of surface, PROSOCO has a suite of graffiti removal products that will serve you well.

Nobody should have to deal with graffiti for a second longer than they want to. PROSOCO’s suite of graffiti removers, including Sure Klean Heavy Duty Paint Stripper, Defacer Eraser Graffiti Remover, and Enviro Klean SafStrip can remove all types of graffiti from almost any type of surface within 24 hours, flat.

Do you have questions on PROSOCO’s graffiti management products? 

Call our Customer Care team for help finding the right product for your specific conditions and circumstances, including stain, substrate and region. You can reach us Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Standard Time, at 1-800-255-4255.

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