Graffiti in Toronto ( AKA Toronto Street Art) has become a public nuisance even more lately than ever. Graffiti artists are taking advantage of marking their work on public areas and this is a form of vandalism. There are areas where people hire professional graffiti artists to create tasteful and admirable artwork – but on your garage door? That’s not somewhere you want to ‘admire’ it, is it? I’ll explain how to fix graffiti if it happens to you on your property. Whether you are dealing with graffiti on any part of your house or property regardless if it is on your garage door, concrete, sidewalk or graffiti on a brick wall – you’ll want to read on to learn how to avoid graffiti tags that were not intended.
If there is recent graffiti plastered around your neighbourhood, you will definitely want to take extra precaution to avoid the vandalism altogether. A good idea would be to install security cameras so these people will think twice about marking your property with their tags. You can also plant vines such as ivy on exposed wall areas so graffiti artists won’t include your brick wall as a target. If planting ivy isn’t something you would prefer to do, you can always install a trellis as well. A trellis is basically like lattice but placed on the exterior walls of your house. It is often used to support various plant vines, but will also look pleasant without plants on it.
So what happens when one morning, you’re on your way to work and something catches your eye on the way to your car? You just found a piece of art left as a present for you by some tagger – only this present is not a favour to you and your family, is it? The important thing to do is act quickly as soon as you find graffiti. You can remove graffiti by spraying over it with something called Graffiti Melt and Graffiti Off. This is basically a commercial wax coating that can be sprayed off with a hose and melted off of the external surface. For surfaces that are not protected, it will need to be painted over again – which can be a hassle. For areas such as brick, you can spray over the graffiti pictures with paint remover and then use a pressure washer to remove the tag. If your sidewalk has been vandalized, you can remove it by using a chemical paint remover and scrubbing it with a wire brush, then pressure washing it away. If you find graffiti on your wooden fence, you can remove it with sandpaper, paint thinner, new paint and a sealer. Call HPT for assistance as all of these can be a tedious process to do on your own.
A tip for repainting over unprotected painted surfaces is to never follow the outline of the tag, but to actually create a square like fill in – and blend in to appear as if no flaws were made at all. This is important because other taggers are territorial and will tag over someone’s markings with their own – thus creating a collage of unwanted tags all over your property.
For the ultimate combination of prevention and solution to making sure you aren’t a victim of graffiti vandalism, you can have HPT come over and paint over all the exposed areas on your property with an application of epoxy-based paint. This will help ease the quick removal of graffiti paint if ever you get someone who decides to tag your garage door, brick wall, concrete wall or sidewalk. Epoxy-based paint will last about 10 years, so it is definitely worth the investment if you are really worried about being a target.
As written above, this has been a practical guide on how to avoid graffiti on your property. Graffiti in Toronto has become quite the common nuisance so let HPT help solve the problem before it becomes one. Give Home Painters Toronto a call today at 416-494-9095