I’m often approached for advice on removing graffiti from wood. Wood is a commonly vandalised material. This may have occurred on your fence, the side of your house or shed, a power pole or at a school or community facility.
When it comes to wood, most people suddenly become a lot more careful about how the graffiti is removed. Even though bricks and concrete are porous surfaces, there is a perception that they can take a beating. But when it comes to wood, it’s easier to understand that the wood will easily soak up the paint and can be damaged when treated harshly.
Whilst it may be tempting to grab some sandpaper or a belt sander to remove the vandalism, these methods often prove ineffective for a number of reasons. Firstly, as wood is extremely porous, the paint is absorbed deep beyond the surface. To completely remove the graffiti with either of these methods would leave a large dip in the wood; that’s how far you would need to sand to have any effect. The wood would also lose any protective coating it may have had, leaving it vulnerable to moisture and rotting.
Painted surfaces pose an even greater challenge. Without the correct tools and knowledge, it’s easy to remove the underlying paint as well as the graffiti. Trying to repaint the surface so that you can’t notice the repair work is almost impossible, especially when you need to colour-match faded and worn paint.
The most effective way of removing graffiti from wood is to avoid abrasive methods and gently break down the molecular structure of the graffiti. This allows us to carefully draw the stain out of the wood up to the surface, where it can be easily removed and using gentle, high pressure cleaning so that no trace of the graffiti remains.
The high standard of finish we are able to achieve is one of the reasons why we are chosen as the graffiti removal partner for many local councils across Australia. Councils are constantly faced with the problem of vandalised electricity poles. Graffiti vandals often target several streets at once, spreading the impact amongst the community.
Councils face pressure from the rate paying homeowners who fear repeat attacks which could lead to other forms of anti-social behaviour, and impact local house prices. Most councils are time-poor and cannot react to graffiti in a timely manner as their employees are already committed to larger projects. For those reasons, many councils such as Darebin Council (see images below) have engaged us to manage their graffiti removal requirements.
If you’re the unfortunate victim of graffiti vandalism, contact The Graffiti Eaters. Our graffiti removal technicians are located throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. Request a quote today!