Graffiti-Resistant Coatings To Keep Projects Looking Their Best

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating system and an associated chemical graffiti remover

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April 27, 2015 |
Jeff Alexander
Graffiti-Resistant Coatings To Keep Projects Looking Their Best

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating system and an associated chemical graffiti remover.

As the issue of graffiti vandalism grows, municipalities and property owners are footing the bill, estimated at $12 billion in annual cleanup expense. As a result, a variety of graffiti-resistant coatings have hit the market to respond to this demand. Such products are gaining popularity where graffiti vandalism is most common: bridge abutments, schools, public transportation centers, overpasses, railcars, and commercial and municipal buildings.

There are now several options available to keep buildings looking their best, which often includes both a coating system and an associated chemical graffiti remover. This helps ensure that the cleaning product is well matched with the coating system, which can otherwise create an aesthetically unappealing result, according to Graffiti Hurts.

Special top-coat systems

A variety of products exist that require a clear graffiti-resistant top coat, which acts as a special barrier to graffiti. This special graffiti top coat is typically designed to resist aerosol paint, pen marks, and scuff marks, and works in conjunction with a graffiti remover. Planning is required to ensure that the project is graffiti-resistant, by applying the special top coat in advance before vandalism has occurred.

Built-in graffiti resistance

Valspar is unique in offering built-in graffiti resistance for all metal coatings, including PVDF, SMP, and Polyester for coil and extrusion. Every coating in their product line contains this beneficial protection, at no additional cost. No special top coat is required, saving money. Valspar has partnered with Graffiti Removal Services (GRS), to offer approved products that are both non-toxic and biodegradable. These safe products are applied with a brush, and then graffiti can instantly wiped off, without a trace. 

Jeff Alexander | Get Inspired: Color and Coatings

Jeff Alexander, Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings VP of Sales for the Coil and Extrusion division has been with Sherwin-Williams (formerly Valspar) since 1997. He has an entrepreneur spirit and has thrived in building relationships with our customers. Jeff has fully immersed himself in all levels of the coating industry and enjoyed his term as National President at NCCA (National Coil Coating Association).  He is focused on continuing to educate customers on the paint industry.

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