Keep your property urine free with urine repelling paint NZ
Public urination in New Zealand comes with a fine of up to $200 or, if charged with indecent exposure, up to $2,000. Despite these consequences, New Zealanders are caught urinating in public every year. If your property is in the “splash zone” – areas near nightlife hot spots or maybe just a poorly let alleyway – you are probably already aware of the public urination issue. That Sunday morning is undeniable, and enormously unpleasant. Not only is it gross, urine eats away at surfaces and damages and stains them. That is where urine repelling paint comes in. It creates a barrier over the substrate that actually splashes the urine back at the offender, coating them in their own offence. It’s pee-back time.
In this article we look at the benefits and technology behind urine repellent paint and where to find it in New Zealand. If your property, business, or service is being damaged by public urination, this article will tell you how to use urine repelling paint to protect your substrate.
The benefits of urine repelling paint
Though it may seem the deterrence effect of a urine repelling paint was enough of a draw, this coating packs much more in its bag of goodies. As well as being urine repellent, it is also:
- Self-cleaning: It repels water, oils, and bacteria does not grow on its surface. Dust or dirt is carried away by rain or a quick spray down.
- Anti-icing: No water, no ice.
- Anti corrosion: Because it forms a barrier and keeps a substrate dry it prevents corrosive elements from affecting a substrate
- Life-extending: Protection from the elements keeps the substrate uncontaminated and undamaged for longer.
Nanotechnology is the secret behind urine repelling paint
In the coating industry, nanotechnology is used to create a coating that is highly adhesive and impermeable. It forms bonds with the substrate on a nanoscopic level, meaning the coating is not just on top of the substrate but actually linked with it. This creates a layer that clings firmly to the substrate on the one side and presents a protective surface on the other. With urine repelling paint this protection is impermeable and hydrophobic/oleophobic.
Hydrophobic substances ‘repel’ water while oleophobic surfaces repel oil. In the case of urine repelling paint, this repelling action is so strong that the fluid is reflected away from the surface – straight at the offender’s trousers and shoes. For a closer look at these properties in action, below is a video demonstrating the effect of a hydrophobic or even superhydrophobic coating on various substrates.
Anti urine coating projects around the world
New Zealand is not the only country where when people gotta go they gotta go. Around the world, cities and councils struggle to deal with the unpleasantness and clean up costs of public urination. But now, with anti urine coating, they are fighting back. Or rather, they are peeing back. It started in the red light district of Hamburg, where residents finally got tired of the constant stream of careless and uncaring visitors. They coated the walls in Ultra Ever Dry and put up signs saying “We Pee Back” – but only on some of the walls. In San Francisco, public urination of the canine variety caused a lamppost to collapse, narrowly avoiding a driver. Now they too use urine repelling paint to protect their city. New Zealand cities could follow suit, and neighbouring Australia is looking to use the coating on buildings in the Gold Coast.
Where to buy urine repelling paint in New Zealand
The urine repelling paint product being used across the world to protect property is Ultra Ever Dry. In New Zealand, a number of stockists sell these products. It is still fairly new on the market, so is not yet widely available, and is not readily available to consumers. Companies like Dalton International stick both the bottom and the top coat.
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