- 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
The city of St. Catharines has a unique relationship with graffiti. Streets and back alleys boast huge murals of carefully curated pieces, but this doesn’t mean that all the spray paint around town is wanted. For every great art piece, there are three unwanted (and ugly) tags or designs lurking around the corner.
If your property has been hit by a sneaky street artist, let our Gorillas lend a helping hand! Our St. Catharines graffiti removal breaks down stains, getting rid of initial designs, shadowing and bleeding all in one go!
What is so Bad About Graffiti?
When a paint job is intentional, it can add value to your property but graffiti can do the exact opposite. If your property has been hit with an unexpected paint job, spray paint removal requires more than nail polish remover and a clean cloth. More than removing paint, improper application of a lacquer thinner or paint scraper can lead to bleeding, or damage to construction materials.
In the grand scheme of property maintenance, there are far worse things out there than spray paint, right? Wrong. Spray paint does more than look terrible. Exterior walls and surrounding areas are the first impression that your property gives to the outside world. The Niagara region is teaming with tourists all year long, so an unwanted doodle can make or break a sales day.
On its own, a bit of paint can be harmless but the designs themselves can do a lot of damage. Tags are simple signatures left behind by artists, but offensive designs can deter foot traffic or send the wrong message to the community at large. Dealing with a tag or two is common practice but letting them sit only invites more.
At their cores, street artists are competitive. Seeing someone else leave their mark, especially in their communities, kick off rivalries that turns home and commercial spaces into collateral damage. Instead of being overrun with unwanted designs, call a Gorilla to help create a graffiti control program that works. From one-time callouts to scheduled care, our experts can handle it
The Proper Way to Ditch Paint
Removing paint from your skin is simple enough: scrub! When removing stains and discolouration from surfaces, there are a few keys to success that our Gorilla experts have honed in on, over the years.
The internet is full of dangerous DIY methods that claim to safely remove graffiti, but pairing a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and elbow grease can do more harm than good. After years in the industry, our Gorilla experts understand how to remove water based paint, as well as treating stucco or stripping spray paint from metal surfaces.
Every year, property owners try to avoid the cost of removal by opting for home remedies like paint thinners or pressure washing. All it takes is one quick Google search to have tons of “DIY” methods right at your fingertips but that doesn’t mean that they are going to work.
Part of what makes spray paint so complicated is that it does not leave simple lines behind. Aerosol spray cans send out one focused spray but there is also overspray that comes along with it. Focusing your attention on the design itself will leave shadowing behind around it. The graffiti removal services at Gorilla offer up complete removal.
In many cases, if your property is hit once, it will be hit again. This applies to homes, but it is especially prevalent with commercial spaces. This is why our experts offer one-time call outs and scheduled care as part of a graffiti removal assistance program. Call today for a free quote and have your property looking better than ever.