- Identify the tag (examine the substrate)
- Flag off the area
- Remove graffiti with eco-friendly solutions
- Pressure wash the area clean
- Before and after photos – no damage to property, restore it to new
You might be able to wash paint from your skin with a bit of warm water and dish soap but getting graffiti off of outdoor surfaces is a much different art project. Spray paint digs into textures becoming very difficult to remove — unless you call a Gorilla, that is! Every property owner has had to deal with a tag or spray paint at one point or another, but when you hire a Gorilla for your Newmarket graffiti removal, vandalism is a thing of the past.
It is easy to think that firing up a pressure washer is an effective way to get paint off of surfaces but without technical training, heavy handed methods do more harm than good. The same goes for applying paint thinners. More often than not, chemical solutions will bleed downward, expanding stains and creating an even worse visual. When you notice tags or graffiti, make sure that your first call is to a Gorilla!
Understanding Spray Paint Removal
When dealing with graffiti, it is important to consider materials, both the paint itself and the surface that it is on. Removing spray paint from fabric is much different from treating vinyl siding, concrete or stucco. Leaving spray paint to sit against porous surfaces allows stains to sink further into materials, making them harder to remove. Direct sunlight will bake stains into the façade of a property making them even more difficult to get rid of. Even when surface stains are removed, there are shadows left behind.
No matter the materials that you are dealing with, quick action is always key to getting great results. Street artists are competitive, so leaving a tag to sit can attract unwanted attention from other artists in the area. Quick removal lets graffiti artists know that their designs won’t stick around long, so they had better go find another canvas.
Recently, there has been an influx of water based spray paint hitting the market. These are great because they can be broken down and removed by a pressure wash — if materials are in good shape, that is! Oil based paints, on the other hand, require specialty cleansers and a multi-step approach. Without the right technique and cleansers, no amount of elbow grease will be enough to get results.
Gorilla Property Services: Expert Graffiti Removal Services
When the DIY approach doesn’t work, our highly trained Gorillas are ready to swing into action, having your home or commercial space looking better than ever. Every Gorilla graffiti removal begins with an assessment of your stains and surrounding areas. From here, foaming cleansers are used to dig deep into textures, pulling dirt and debris out. If stains are not removed during this process, power washers can be used wherever appropriate, or in extreme cases, a paint matching procedure can help to find the best match to cover your existing stains.