A sudden appearance of graffiti on your property carried out by some vandals can be a real concern. Since you know it’s your responsibility to have it cleaned, the question becomes would you rather call in a professional or have it cleaned yourself. While calling in a professional may be costly, removing graffiti by yourself won’t be easy either especially if it’s done on brick. Bricks are known to be porous which enables paint to sink with ease inside all of the surface’s grooves. Unlike wood, they can’t be scraped and if it happens to be an internal wall, it can’t be sand- or water-blasted. So, what is the best way to remove graffiti?
Well, your best bet would be to incorporate chemical and gel masonry stripper. And while stripping of the surface is not a complex task, it does involve a number of applications of stripper and multiple scrubbing which makes it very time consuming.
Basically, a fresh and wet paint should be soaked up with am absorbent material without wiping the paint in order to spread the stain. Once done, you can then proceed to apply a suitable solvent like white spirit. After this, wash the area using a degreasing agent taking care in the disposal of the run-off material.
With dried paint, simply scrape off the paint as far as possible and apply a paint removal using the following steps:
- Put on your safety gear like a face mask, safety googles and gloves.
- Apply the paint stripper over the brick wall with a brush starting from a corner at the top of the wall and then working outward and downward.
- Leave for the specified amount of time by the manufacturer. Then start to scrub off the masonry paint stripper beginning at the top of the wall again. Remove as many paints as possible.
- Use rags and warm water to wash the wall and allow it to air dry.
- Repeat the process over again to remove every form of stubborn paint that’s left.
- Use a white vinegar to spray the stripped wall and wipe off any residue of paint with a brush and rinse with water.