There’s nothing worse than finding graffiti on your property. It’s frustrating to see and difficult to remove, and can even lead to decreased property values of up to 15 percent.
So what do you do if you find your brick property has been tagged? Our guide will show you the best step-by-step process for removing graffiti from brick.
1. Take Action as Fast as Possible
Successful graffiti removal is all about how fast you take action. If the spray paint is still wet, soak up as much paint as possible with an absorbent cloth. Be sure not to wipe with the cloth, as this will only spread the paint. Use a clean part of the cloth with each dab to avoid soaking the paint further into the brick.
If the paint has already dried, carefully scrape off as much as possible before applying a paint remover.
2. Choose the Right Graffiti Remover
There are many graffiti removal solvents and paint removers on the market, but not every solvent works the same. Avoid risking more damage with stronger solvents by cleaning up the graffiti as soon as possible. You can find the appropriate solvent at your local hardware store according to the type of paint and brick.
3. Apply the Graffiti Remover to the Brick
Apply the graffiti remover and allow it plenty of time to soak into the pores of the brick. You’ll start to notice the spray paint turn soft and buttery, which will make it easier to remove. A gentle reapplication of the solvent as you allow it to dwell in the brick will increase your chances of full graffiti removal.
4. Scrub with a Stiff Brush
Once the graffiti remover has had time to soak into the brick, scrub with a stiff brush such as a nylon bristle or brass bristled brush. Avoid using metal bristled brushes, as these can damage the brick or leave rust stains. Using a little elbow grease is one of the best ways to remove small graffiti tags and speed up the paint removal process.
5. Use Hot Water
Heat helps remove spray paint more effectively, so rinse the brick with hot water. If you’re using a residential grade pressure washer, source your hot water from a sink faucet or domestic water heater. If you’re removing graffiti from your walls during the winter months, hot water is essential for successful removal. Hiring pressure washing services for graffiti removal will also ensure professional results using the right equipment without damaging your brick.
6. Apply a Protective Coating to the Brick
The best way to protect your property from further graffiti tagging is to apply a protective coating to your brick. This coat prevents the graffiti from sticking to the brick and is easier to remove.
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