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MBCI coated roof and wall panels virtually graffiti proof

A new effective solution that is biodegradable and water-soluble can help building owners and municipalities save millions of dollars.

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April 20, 2015 |
Ken Buchinger

Graffiti has been around practically ever since there have been walls and paint. Examples have been found in ancient Greece and Rome, and even on the walls of some of the Great Pyramids of Egypt—which demonstrates just how difficult graffiti is to get rid of. Those hooligans of yore achieved their goal—a long lasting notoriety, leaving a mark that has lasted thousands of years. 

Fairly or unfairly, the presence of graffiti vandalism creates the perception of blight and illicit or illegal activity—not the sort of environment that attracts customers. Because of this, graffiti can contribute to lost revenue associated with reduced retail sales and declines in property value.

So every year American cities spend an estimated $12 billion on graffiti removal, often using processes that are outdated and ineffective. The most successful chemical processes require time and effort to apply, and the end result often leaves a demarcation of worn surface paint or discoloration where the graffiti used to be.

But now there is an effective remedy—a built-in, ASTM-approved graffiti resistance for all MBCI wall panels and roofs. MBCI uses Valspar building products coatings, and as a result are protected against defacement from graffiti vandalism, including PVDF, SMP and polyester for both coil and extrusion.

And when “graffers” do leave their mark, MBCI has access to post-construction renovation services with a leading graffiti removal specialist, Graffiti Removal Services. GRS has been successfully eliminating graffiti for more than 15 years. GRS products are easy to brush on and wipe off with very little wait time in between—the graffiti practically disappears before your eyes.

The GRS process requires no specialty coatings, sacrificial clear topcoats or third coats. The solution used contains no phosphates, chlorinated hydrocarbons, Xylene or any other substance known to cause environmental or health destruction. It is environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and EPA and VOC compliant.

The water-soluble, biodegradable cleaning program is a very effective solution. It removes graffiti without ruining the coating underneath. The process is cost effective, and building owners who use MBCI’s panels and the new anti-graffiti system will save the cost of repainting or replacing vandalized metal roof or wall panels.

Graffiti vandalism is an eye sore and a detriment to business. Fortunately, using MBCI's coated wall and roof panels can turn your graffiti headaches into ancient history.

To learn more about Valspar and GRS’s graffiti-resistant system, visit

Ken Buchinger | The Latest in Metal Facades

Ken Buchinger is the General Manager of Technical Services for MBCI. He began working at MBCI in 1988, and throughout his tenure he has been responsible for handling field problems, developing weathertightness warranties, erector training, research and development certifications, and the creation and management of the MBCI installation manuals and catalogs. Buchinger is actively involved in several trade associations and has written numerous articles for various trade magazines and gives presentations for various organizations. Prior to working at MBCI, Buchinger was part owner of Whitehouse Construction Company and erected metal buildings for Brown Erection Company.

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