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Anti Graffiti Coating

anti graffiti coating

Prevent vandalism with anti graffiti coating

Graffiti, whether we like it or not, is a feature of our cities and towns. It is everywhere – billboards, bridges, bus stops, park benches. In one year alone, Los Angeles clean up crews cleaned 32.4 million square feet of graffiti, at a cost of about $7 million. As a country, graffiti removal costs the US approximately $12 billion a year. This is where anti graffiti coating comes in.

Anti graffiti coating provides a protective layer between the would-be vandal and the substrate, allowing the paint to be easily removed. Removing graffiti costs time, effort and money. Investing in an anti graffiti coating will save you all three things.


Anti graffiti coating protects against vandalism

Anti graffiti coating protects against vandalism

Top benefits of an anti graffiti coating

  • Easy to clean
  • UV protection
  • Water repellent
  • Weather resistant
  • Surface durability
  • Protection from stains and oil 
  • An environmentally friendly and safe to apply solution

Anti graffiti coating types: Sacrificial and permanent

Coating a substrate with an anti graffiti paint creates a barrier which protects the substrate. The graffiti paint adheres to the barrier, not the substrate, and therefore can be more easily removed. There are two different categories of anti graffiti coating:

Easy to clean anti graffiti coating

Anti graffiti coating makes substrates easy-to-clean and impervious

  • Sacrificial – This type of coating is a clear coat barrier over the substrate, which only weakly bonds with it. When vandalized, the whole barrier can be easily cleaned off the substrate with a high pressure hose, taking the graffiti with it (hence sacrificial).  Unfortunately you will then need to reapply the coating. Sacrificial coatings are normally made from clear polymers such as waxes.
  • Permanent – These coatings (also called non-sacrificial), if properly applied, provide a more permanent anti-graffiti solution. Unlike the sacrificial coatings, these bond tight to the substrate and provide a surface to which the graffiti cannot adhere. If the surface is vandalized, a high pressure hose or a solvent and some elbow grease will remove the graffiti easily. Permanent anti graffiti coating is more expensive than sacrificial, but it should remain effective for 50-70 cleaning rounds. Permanent coatings include those based on polyurethanes and nano coatings.

Anti-graffiti coating suppliers in the US

There are several suppliers and manufacturers of anti-graffiti coatings in the USA. These include Sherwin-Williams, VandlGuard, and Watson Coatings.

Brand Product
Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams Anti-Graffiti Coating
 Rainguard VandlGuard Anti-Graffiti Coating
 Artisan Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Coating
Rust-Oleum GraffitiShield
Exterior Coatings Anti-Graffiti Coating

Use anti graffiti coating for wood, concrete, metal and brick

When choosing an anti graffiti paint it is important to match it to your substrate. There are coatings available to match any substrate, even wood. They come in primers and sealers, and can be applied with a brush, roller or spray.

If you want to ensure the coating does not affect the finish of the substrate, applying a primer can protect it from darkening or looking ‘wet’. As with any paint application, the substrate needs to be clean, dry and sound. If the substrate is particularly porous, you may need extra coats. Always read the instructions.


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