Not all graffiti vandalism occurs on stationary objects! Public transport, trains in particular, is often targeted by graffiti vandals. Reckless youths go to great risks to display graffiti on a moving canvas. Incidents of train surfing in Australian cities are common. One slip is all it takes to go wrong!
The notion of removing graffiti quickly is especially important in this scenario. No one wants a youth, criminal or not, to fall off a train.
Graffiti-covered public transport also displays our cities negatively to tourists. Local and state governments work hard to maintain our cities and present them as clean, friendly, world-class locations. Graffiti makes our cities appear dirty, poorly maintained and unsafe.
And for train networks, there are additional implications.
Graffiti vandalism often means that a train must be taken out of circulation to repair it. For passenger trains this involves overcrowding and delays. For freight trains this results in late deliveries, contractual requirements not being upheld and implications for businesses that require the freight delivered items.
Train networks are taking notice of what the New York system achieved. After decades of failed graffiti removal attempts, they made a commitment to ensure trains don’t leave the holding yard until they are graffiti-free. This way the general public won’t witness their vandalism, and removing the incentive for vandals to attack trains – the public viewing of their damage.
One of our first graffiti removal clients was Public Transport Corporation. Over the past 40 years’ we have been called upon to urgently remove graffiti by public and freight train networks throughout Australia.
Phil Hudson, our representative in the north-west Melbourne locations, recently removed an extensive amount of graffiti from a Pacific National train carriage. This task required care to ensure to protect the underlying surface.
There are two main risks when removing graffiti off a vehicle. First, the paint can easily be damaged. Care must be taken to only remove the aerosol graffiti paint and not the carriage paint underneath.
Another mistake which inexperienced operators can perform is to remove all the paint from the surface and expose the metal underneath. This then requires additional work to reapply the original paint and match the colour. When the metal surface becomes exposed it will oxidise and rust.
By avoiding the use of harsh chemicals and abrasive methods, we can draw the graffiti to the surface, where it can be easily removed.
We use this process when removing graffiti from all vehicles. Request your online quote.