Believe it or not, there are quite a number of folks out there that consider graffiti to be as admired a form of art as others may view a Rembrandt or the Mona Lisa herself.
This view particularly gained steam in the 70s, specifically in New York City, and especially on miscellaneous train cars throughout the urban landscape.
From NYC, this controversial approach to art rapidly spread throughout the world and still holds a special place in the hearts of fans all over the planet.
To some this may come as a shock, as the divisive piece surrounding this phenomenon is centered less on how beautiful many of these pieces end up being, and more so on the degradation of the property where the graffiti is done on.
Since its inception, there have been no shortage of folks whose efforts have been to curb the spread of graffiti, both near and far, in cities and beyond, wherever graffiti may be rearing its contentious head.
These days, if you happen to fall under the category of someone wanting to find the easiest way possible to remove an act of graffiti, you are in luck as with modern technology, to the fear of every graffiti-loving enthusiast, graffiti removal is less difficult than it ever has been.
Recently I fielded a call from a frustrated facilities director of a local university who was calling us to review painting a structure that seemed to be a magnet for graffiti.
Due to the roughness of the wall surface the graffiti was being painted on, the school official thought that the institution really had no other choice but to paint the building that was getting pummeled by the unwanted version of this distinctive artform.
After hearing out the serious concerns of this exasperated soul, I suggested a product and methodology that we have had tremendous success in removing graffiti with.
It is a product called ‘WipeOUT’ made by a company called ‘Watch Dog’.
The way that it works is that the WipeOUT would be applied to the graffiti that one desires to remove.
The label instructions should be followed throughout this process and ultimately after a bit of time for the WipeOUT to kick in, the surface can be washed with a powerwasher and the graffiti ought to come right off.
If there still seems to be some remaining, the process should be repeated again and eventually the graffiti should be removed.
The gentleman conversing with me on the other side of the phone was beyond thrilled that there may be an alternative solution to getting rid of the graffiti other than painting the entire building (…and subsequently repainting portions of it in the event that they got hit with more graffiti in the future!).
We have used this procedure for years with quite a bit of success.
As remarkable as this may seem to someone who has labored fruitlessly in attempts of trying various methodologies for removing graffiti in the past to little avail, I assure you that I myself was a bit surprised at how well this worked when originally trying this ourselves some time ago.
Our company has even found this procedure to help in paint removal from certain surfaces beyond graffiti as well!
Although graffiti admirers are scattered numerously all over the globe, for those that aren’t as enamored by its presence – particularly when art crosses the threshold of property damage – there may be solace in discovering that there is a solution to ridding surfaces of it when the graffiti is not wanted, and it is not as enormous a task to accomplish as one might originally surmise.
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