removing graffiti from a surface with anti graffiti coating

Protect your property with Anti Graffiti Coating

Anti graffiti coating forms a protective barrier on surfaces at risk of graffiti paint or permanent marker ink. The barrier makes sure that the paint or ink does not adhere to the underlying wall but stays on the anti graffiti paint layer instead.

As in most other countries, graffiti in India is illegal if done without the consent of the wall owner. But that is where a major difference lies. In India, it’s much easier to find people who are willing to let an artist ‘decorate’ their walls. This happens in urban areas where people are persuaded by the proposition of getting a beautiful mural done on their walls completely free of cost.

One such example is Khirki Village in Delhi where walls are open canvases for Indian and overseas graffiti artists. But even though there are places where graffiti can be freely applied, the taggers still find it attractive to paint where it is not allowed. Unwanted or offensive Graffiti, lowers the value of real estate, has high cleaning costs and may look messy. Fortunately, anti graffiti paint makes removing graffiti easier and more affordable.

This article will provide you with what you need to know to determine whether anti graffiti coating is the solution you are looking for, and which product best solves your problem.

Temporary and permanent anti-graffiti solutions

Removing graffiti from a surface that has been treated with anti graffiti coating is easy: just use water and soap.

Removing graffiti from a surface that has been treated with anti graffiti coating is easy: just use water and soap.

Anti graffiti coating comes in two forms which are suitable for almost any substrate. Which form you choose depends upon the likelihood of your property suffering with graffiti vandalism. A sacrificial anti graffiti coating creates a polymer intermediate barrier on the wall.  The graffiti attaches to the barrier instead of to the wall itself. There is also a permanent and more expensive kind of coating. This coating is made of nano particles and these particles ensure a hard protective layer.

1. Sacrificial anti-graffiti paint – for surfaces at low to middle risk of graffiti

Sacrificial or temporary anti graffiti paint is usually a silicone wax which washes off together with the graffiti. It forms a protective film to which the graffiti can adhere without reaching the underlying substrate. As the coating is sacrificial, it needs to be reapplied after removing graffiti. Therefor we recommend this type of coating for houses, public benches, garage doors and other surfaces that are not daily exposed to graffiti risk.

2. Permanent anti graffiti coating –  for surfaces that are likely to experience graffiti frequently

Permanent anti graffiti coatings (non-sacrificial) make use of nanotechnology, which allows the coating to become one with the substrate. These coatings form a water repellent surface where the graffiti spray paint, permanent markers, or ink cannot properly adhere. The permanent anti graffiti paint remains functional for 5 to 8 years and endures some 70 graffiti removals. It’s especially recommended for: public buildings, schools, alleyways, bridges and railway walls. After cleaning the surface, reapplication of the coating is not necessary. The coating can be more expensive than temporary coatings but is also more durable.

Anti Graffiti Paint can adhere to many substrates

For graffiti artists, there is no difference between substrates. Therefor graffiti prevention coatings have been developed for multiple materials. There are transparent systems, but you can also opt for colour. Suitability for substrates varies per coating – always check the specific instructions from the manufacturer.

  • Wood
    There are waxes and permanent systems for hard and soft wood. If you want the natural appearance of the wood to stay visible, opt for a clear system. However, anti graffiti paint does not prevent natural graying of the wood. When you do not want discoloration to show an opaque system is a better choice.
    Surfaces: doors, facades, street furniture, fences and gates 
  • Concrete (masonry, stucco, bricks etc.)
    The most common choice of anti graffiti paint for concrete is clear permanent system. However, clear and sacrificial systems are also applicable.
    Surfaces: bridges, facades, walls, fences and underground tunnels and stations
  • Metal
    Metal surfaces are most often coated with a permanent opaque or transparent nano coating system. Some waxes are also possible, but often not convenient because they do not adhere that good.
    Surfaces: exteriors of trains, tubes and buses as well as metal doors and slidings

When damage is done – removing graffiti

When you have used anti graffiti coating on you’re wall, cleaning is child’s play! You can use a high pressure cleaner to remove the graffiti paint. Without any cleaning products! We advise you to remove the paint with warm water. If it is not sufficient to use a high pressure cleaner then you can also use a multi-purpose cleaning paste. It is advised to reapply one or two layers of anti graffiti coating after removing the graffiti with the cleaning paste. Removing graffiti paint from a wall covered with anti graffiti coating is fairly easy. This is demonstrated in the video below:

3 ways to get rid of graffiti on non-treated surface

If you have not used graffiti prevention paint, cleaning will be a bit more difficult. These are your options:

  1. Cover it with paint; a proven and cheap solution to cover graffiti is to simply paint it over. However, this is not advised. After a while the graffiti will be visible and when overpainted regularly the paint will start to peel;
  2. Chemical cleaning; in stead of covering it up, you can choose for a chemical removal of the graffiti. The paintwork will also release from a painted wall after a chemical cleaning. This method is not environmental friendly, to say the least.
  3. Organic cleaning; There are cleaning products available on a natural basis that do not harm the surface and the environment. However, these cleaning products are more expensive.

Anti-graffiti coating prices in India

Protecting small surfaces from graffiti is often a DIY-job, but as the surface area gets larger, the application requires more expertise. There are a number of coating providers in India. The prices can vary according to the quantity that you want to buy. There are anti graffiti paints that are as low as INR 250 per liter and as high as INR 2957 per Kilogram. Please contact us if you need a quote.

Anti-graffiti coating manufacturers in India

We provided you with a list of of anti graffiti coating manufacturers in India below. If you are looking for an anti-graffiti specialist, supplier or manufacturer in India please contact us. We are happy to help you find the best product and supplier for your project.

Saara Polycoats Pvt. Ltd. Shed No. 3, S.R. No. 78/1, Pandhari, Industrial Estate, Shivane, Pune, Maharashtra – 411023 – India
Ekdant Enterprises R46A, Shantaai City Center, Near Talegaon Dabhade Nagar Parishad, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra – 411038 – India
Macromol Products Plot No. 47, Arignar Anna Industrial Estate, Mettukuppam, Vanafgaram, Tamil Nadu, Chennai – 600095, India
T-Mak Solutions Samrudi Apt., Monohor Gardens, Jai Bhawani Rood, Nasik Road, Nashik – 422102 – India
Halo Surfaces 215 Bharathiyar Road, New Sidhapudur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu – 641044 – India


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