How to Remove Graffiti from Just About Any Type of Surface
Graffiti is aggravating and difficult for a business owner to deal with. The best-case scenario is that you are able to get it cleaned up with 24 hours and definitely within 48 yours. Study after study shows that the best way to deal with it is to do it right away. At Geyser Equipment we offer several graffiti removal options including the World’s Best system and sand blasters.
Keep reading to find out how you can remove graffiti from specific surfaces. Then contact Geyser Equipment at 951-509-9269 if you are in need of help finding the right equipment.
How to remove graffiti from metal surfaces
If the graffiti is very fresh then you may be able to remove it by wiping it with a common paint thinner or mineral spirits. This could include acetone, WD40, or lacquer thinner. If it is still there then you can try to remove it by scrubbing it with steel wool or bronze wool, or even light sandpaper. If it still remains then this is the time to get out a power washer and use it around 3000 PSI. This should get rid of even the most stubborn graffiti. If it does not, then it is time to paint over it.
How to remove graffiti from wood surfaces
The best-case scenario is that the wood in question is not weathered and that it has not been sealed in any way, whether with paint, stain, or sealer. If that’s the case then you can rub and wipe it down with mineral spirits. Do not do this if the wood is weathered at all, as this technique could then allow the chemicals to be absorbed which could result in the paint getting even deeper into the wood.
With wood that’s been sealed, a 3000 PSI pressure washer is the best choice. This is also a time during which the above described specialty equipment would likely work well. The only other viable option is to paint over the graffiti.
How to remove graffiti from plastic surfaces
First, try a light, penetrating oil rubbed onto the graffiti. You do not want to use a paint thinner because it can soften the plastic, which leads to clouding and permanent opaqueness. You can also try to rub it with ultra-fine steel or bronze wool. If that does not work then you will need to paint over it.
How to remove graffiti from masonry surfaces
Start with a 3000 PSI pressure washer – just make sure you are not using a narrow tip because it can etch the surface and leave an outline of the graffiti you are trying to remove. You can also try sand blasting but you will need to keep the tip moving to prevent it from permanently marking the surface. Once again, if this does not work then you will need to paint over the surface.
Do you have other questions about how to remove graffiti? At Geyser Equipment we are proud of the products we offer to help with this situation. Call us at 951-509-9269 and we will provide the best advice we can.