Urine Repellent Paint – It’s Pee Back Time!

urine repellent coating on a wall where to men are taking a leak against

Urine repellent coating: say goodbye to that horrible smell on property and walls

Urinating in public is illegal in every American state, but this does not seem to be deterring the offenders, as a $500 fine is apparently not enough to stop people from using the public areas as their own toilets. Nasty smells and stains linger on our streets, especially in nightlife hotspots, where the problem can be on residents’ very doorsteps. Not only that, but councils are forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to clean up. Fortunately, there is a solution: urine repellent coating.

Cities from Hamburg to Hackney Council have adopted anti urine technology to combat the problem. And having pioneered this measure, San Francisco had had enough of the disgusting odors in public places and decided to follow suit back in 2015.  Anti pee paint not only protects the wall it coats, but it also splashes urine right back at its source. It’s pee back time.

If your property, business or service is being damaged because of public urination, this article details how urine repellent coating works and how to protect your substrate from the uncultured vagrants that conform to such a practice.

Nanotechnology makes urine repellent coating ‘pee back’

urine repellent coating on wooden surface

Urine repellent coating repels both water and oils.

A substrate is protected from urine on a nanoscopic scale. These coatings (known as nano coatings) do not just form a layer over a substrate, but rather the individual particles actually form bonds with it. This creates a layer that adheres firmly to the substrate on the one side, and provides a specific protective function on its surface. In the case of anti pee paint, this function is hydrophobicity or oleophobicity.

Hydrophobic refers to “fearing water”, and oleophobic substances “fear oil”; this entails that it repels water or oil. Anti pee paint is, in fact, superhydrophobic – it has the strongest degree of repulsion possible in a coating. Its surface is covered in pointy nanoscopic geography which only allows liquid to touch a tiny percentage of it, ultimately repelling the liquid. Anyone trying have a sneaky leak against a surface treated with anti pee paint will find themselves quickly regretting it when their shoes and trousers get covered in urine.

Apply anti pee paint to steel, brick and many more surfaces

One of the great plus points of applying urine repellent paint is the versatility of the coating: almost any substrate can be coated with pee proof paint, including steel, brick, concrete, metals, masonry, plastic, wood, fabric, and more.

Top 4 factors to consider in choosing anti pee paint choice:

  • Surface preparation is paramount: The substrate must be cleaned of all oil, grease, dust, dirt, and other foreign material for the coating to adhere properly. It can also be applied to smooth surfaces, though preparing the substrate by sanding it with 320-800 grit sandpaper will improve adhesion.
  • It can only withstand moderate abrasion: Because the superhydrophobic properties of anti pee paint are based on the surface structure of the coating, abrasion can cause a reduction in performance.
  • Longevity: Anti pee paint needs to be reapplied on a yearly basis, perhaps more often if it is in direct sunlight. UV radiation will cause it to deteriorate faster. However, if you buy a system with a bottom and top coat, you need only re-apply the top coat.
  • Be aware that they do not dry clear. They will dry to a translucent white, like a slight milky haze.

As well as being superhydrophobic, anti urine paint will provide other benefits for your substrate, including corrosion prevention, anti icing, improving the functionality and lifespan of a substrate, and making it self-cleaning. It can even be used for anti graffiti protection.

Taking Pee-proofing around the world: A look at other anti pee paint projects

Anti pee paint came to the attention of the world when Hamburg, Germany, announced it was coating the streets of its famous St Pauli red light district to eliminate public urination. The district put up signs on some of the coated walls saying “we pee back”. A railway station in Cologne followed closely behind, coating a trouble area’s car park with the revolutionary paint.

In San Francisco, where public urination is a problem so bad it degrades and fells lampposts, the Department of Public Works coated walls across the city in Ultra Ever Dry, a super-hydrophobic coating. In Philadelphia, the transit authority coated subway lifts, and in the UK, Hackney Council coated their walls in Shoreditch and Dalston in a last-ditch attempt to protect them from “lads” out and about on the town. Public urination costs that city approximately $150,000 a year in cleaning costs. In short, this is a product that can protect residents’ doorways, but also stairways, walls, carparks, and any other substrate that suffers from this noxious problem.

Where to buy Urine repellent coating in the US

You can buy a quart of superhydrophobic paint online. The application process, however, requires equipment and skills, and it is recommended that only trained contractors apply anti urine coating. For more information about purchasing anti pee paint for your business, or to be connected with one of our coating partners to complete your project, contact us! Our experts are here to help, just use our 100% free quote service by clicking the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of this article.

Pee proof paint manufacturers and suppliers

With the success in San Francisco, many American cities and consumers are turning to anti pee paint. There are several companies operating in the US who produce pee proof paint, including Ultra Ever Dry, the paint used in San Francisco. It is easy to apply, and like all coatings you must first properly prepare the substrate for the best application.

Urine repellent coating brandproduct
UltraTechUltra-Ever Dry
HydrobeadHydrobead Two-Part
BASFMasterProtect C 350

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