Prevent graffiti vandalism with anti graffiti paint NZ
Regardless of how you feel about it, graffiti has become a part of our everyday visual experience. Graffiti vandalism, most noticeable in the form of tags, lowers the value of real estate, has high cleaning costs, makes an area feel unsafe, and has a number of social and economic knock-on effects due to business and patronage decline and loss. Anti graffiti coating or anti graffiti paint is a protective layer applied on a surface that provide a barrier between the substrate and the graffiti. In this way anti graffiti coatings not only protect the substrate they also make clean up far easier.
In this article we’ll tell you all about anti graffiti coatings, the benefits they provide, and list products and suppliers in New Zealand.
Choosing the best anti graffiti coating for your needs
Whether you are a homeowner, business owner or the manager of a public building or space, graffiti vandalism is a nuisance that is unsightly, unwelcoming, and tedious to remove. New Zealand spends millions of dollars every year cleaning up graffiti from our public spaces. An anti graffiti coating can decrease the time and money spent on cleanup. The best anti graffiti paint depends on the frequency of the graffiti vandalism, and they can be divided into two types:
1. Sacrificial anti graffiti coatings – 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 coatings – for surfaces 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. A simple wash down with water or spray will remove the graffiti from the coating. The permanent anti graffiti paint remains functional for 3 to 8 years and endures up to 70 graffiti removals. It’s especially recommended for: public buildings, schools, alleyways, bridges and railway walls.
Anti graffiti paints for different substrates – wood, concrete, metal
For graffiti artists, there is no difference between substrates. Therefore 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.
- Anti graffiti paint for concrete
Anti graffiti coating for concrete is meant for removing graffiti from concrete surfaces. Such coatings are very useful as they can be used on buildings and structures that are made out of concrete. Subways, alleyways and cities have a number of walls that are built out of concrete. It is also common for graffiti artists to target such areas as they cannot be easily spotted at night. Moreover, the surfaces are quite large giving the culprit a greater incentive to showcase his or her art. Therefore, concrete coatings can help prevent such vandalism and keep the city clean from such felonies.
- Anti graffiti coatings for wood
Anti graffiti coating for wood protects wooden surfaces against vandals. Various coatings work very effectively. This is because such coatings need not be reapplied.They tend to be quite resilient and therefore endure all sorts of graffiti paints. If a graffiti artist paints on the surface, you remove the paint easily as the coatings prevents the paint from bonding to the surface. Given that most of the neighborhoods have wooden fences nowadays, such coatings can be very beneficial to keep them clean. Not only will you benefit in terms of low costs but also the coatings are a sustainable solution.
- Anti graffiti system for metal
Anti graffiti coatings can be very effective for metal surfaces. Removing graffiti from metal surfaces can be very costly. An anti graffiti coating protects metal surfaces against vandals. Usually, the aforementioned types of coatings are effective in removing the graffiti after the artist has done their job. Such types of coating can be termed as sacrificial coating. Perhaps so, a much better option is to use permanent coatings. These often only need one application. These coatings work in different ways. They do not allow the paint to remain on a surface in the first place. Therefore, with coating you protect surfaces from being defaced and the technique saves a lot of time and effort.
Where to find an anti-graffiti coating service in NZ
There are a number of application specialists that provide an anti graffiti coating service for customers throughout New Zealand. Below we have compiled a list of just a few. If you need large-scale anti graffiti paint application, please get in touch! Our experts are here to help and connect you with the right specialist for the job. Simply use the “Request a Quote” button beneath this article and use the contact form to give us more information about your requirements.
|Anti Graffiti Coating Company||Location||Services Offered|
|Auckland Premium Painters||NZ-wide||Use all the latest techniques in the market to give you walls that cannot be marked by any graffiti artist.|
|Graffiti Guard Services||NZ-wide||Clear or pigmented graffiti guard coatings that can be permanent or sacrificial.|
|Graffiti Solutions||5 Greenpark Road, Penrose, Auckland, 1061||Permanent and sacrificial anti graffiti systems for a range of substrates – including Guardian Graffiti Shield|
|TPS Surface Solutions||PO Box 7045, Wellesley Street, Auckland||Offer a range of cost-effective anti-graffiti sealing systems to meet your needs – permanent and sacrificial systems.|
Buy anti graffiti paint in New Zealand
If you only have a small job, applying anti graffiti paint yourself is an option. There are a wide range of coating available for DIY graffiti protection in New Zealand. The price of anti graffiti paint depends on the substrate and the system. Permanent systems last longer and therefore cost more. Temporary coating systems might be cheaper to buy, however, the cost in the long-term of re-coating and maintenance will add up if applied on an area with high graffiti risk. The anti graffiti coating cost is also different from brand to brand. Below is a list of some of the available anti graffiti paint products.
Wellington residents can receive a discount on anti-graffiti paint as part of the council’s “Have you been tagged” scheme, encouraging the community to stay vigilant and graffiti free.
|Anti Graffiti Paint Product||Description||Coverage|
|Cotec Anti-Graffiti Water Based Clear||A water based, permanent, high performance non yellowing polyurethane with excellent solvent, chemical and abrasion resistance.||10 – 12m² per litre|
|Dulux Anti Graffiti® 912||A thermosetting powder coating formulated to resist most forms of graffiti. Allows easy removal of graffiti and imparts high levels of scratching, abrasion, and UV resistance.||7 – 9m² per kg|
|Dulux PRECISION Anti Graffiti Coating||A transparent permanent anti graffiti paint for a variety of bare and painted surfaces.||16m² per litre|
|GEMCOAT AG||Permanent anti graffiti paint that dries clear. Water based coating reinforced with nano particles for concrete, stone, and other surfaces.||5 – 10m² per litre|
|Hitchins Formgard AGC||A clear, one pot, moisture cure aliphatic polyurethane coating. A permanent anti graffiti barrier to protect a wide range of substrates.||9 – 15m² per litre|
|Resene Uracryl GraffitiShield||A waterborne two pack clear anti-graffiti coating for a variety of substrates. Available in gloss, semi-gloss or flat.||12m² per litre|
|Sikagard-850 AG||A permanent transparent anti‐graffiti and anti‐poster coating for the protection of concrete, wood, masonry and metal substrates.||1m² per 150 – 250g|
|VandlGuard – Anti Graffiti Coating||A non-sacrificial (it will withstand multiple graffiti attacks) Anti-Graffiti Coating that provides a tough and durable graffiti resistant finish for up to 5 years.||5m² per litre|