Graffiti is now more popular than ever. It’s vandalism to business owners. Graffiti can be removed quickly to make it easier to remove and less likely for vandals to target the area again. You can prevent graffiti from returning by using cameras and warning signs. But what do you do if you have to remove graffiti from bricks, concrete or other materials quickly?
There are many options for graffiti removal. You’re here to learn how to remove graffiti from brick walls or concrete.
Nothing is more frustrating than seeing beautiful brick architecture vandalized with graffiti. It quickly becomes a priority for property owners to remove graffiti as soon as they have been “tagged”. Graffiti can not only devalue your property but is also very difficult to remove. Although there are many methods and tools available to remove graffiti from brick, it is best to leave the job to professionals.
Brick has an uneven surface, which means graffiti paint absorbs into uneven porous brick making it difficult to scrape off or remove. Although chemical and gel masonry strippers are effective in removing graffiti from brick walls, it can take time and a lot of application. The chemicals can also pose a risk to your skin, eyes and respiratory system.
You should soak the paint in an absorbent cloth if it is still damp. Do not wipe it as the paint will spread. After you have removed all the paint with the absorbent cloth, you can use white spirit or another solvent to get rid of the rest. You will need to use degreasing solvents to get rid of the grease residue left by white spirit. It has a strong smell that is patent.
If there is any remaining paint, you can use a paint stripping gel or paint remover to clean the brick. Next, scrub the brick with a scrubbrush. Scrub in a back-and forth motion to get rid of any paint that may have settled into the brick’s pores.
Use the brush to scrub the wall. Make sure you remove as much paint as possible. Use warm water and rags to remove any clinging paint or stripping compound. Let it dry for a few minutes after drying. Use masonry paint stripper to remove stubborn paint.
It is highly recommended to use a pressure washer to clean brick. The graffiti removal formula won’t reach every crevice and hole in the brick surface, making it difficult to remove all of the paint. The old “thumb on a hose” trick is a good option if you don’t own a pressure washer.
You can also use elbow grease to help speed things up. If you need to remove small graffiti tags quickly or with an increased speed, you can use a stiff nylon bristle bristle brush or a brass bristle bristle brush. Scrubbing can be used to remove thicker paint layers or multiple layers. This is particularly effective for paints that have been brushed or thick drips of painting. The use of a single spray of graffiti remover to soften multiple layers can result in a greater economic efficiency. You should take extra care not to damage historic bricks or terracotta.
The most important thing in removing paint is the solvent. It is important to choose one that will remove the paint without damaging bricks. There are many options available, each with its own applications. Find the one that best suits your task.
Spray paint can be removed more efficiently by heating, so make sure to rinse the brick with hot water. If you are using a residential pressure washer, hot water should be sourced from either a domestic water heater or a sink faucet. Hot water is crucial for graffiti removal during winter months. You can also hire pressure washing services to remove graffiti. They will use the correct equipment and won’t damage your brick.
Although removing spray paint from brick is not an easy task, these solutions make it easier. You can choose to have the spray paint removed quickly and effectively or take it off slowly and more carefully. You should take care of both sides. Cover any areas that could be damaged and wear the appropriate safety gear. Even low-chemical options require gloves. To clean brick, never use wire bristles. They can scratch the brick and cause more damage.