Graffiti, even when meant as an expression of art, is still a criminal activity.
Because it defaces property that doesn’t belong to the “artist.” While graffiti is often confused with street art, they are actually very different activities.
Street art is planned and permitted. Graffiti is usually the result of vandals trying to gain "street cred." Graffiti encourages more graffiti and other forms of vandalism by making a property, a neighbourhood, even an entire city appear neglected and unsafe. Furthermore, graffiti is an expensive crime as cleaning graffiti off buildings costs billions of dollars annually.
Graffiti Affects Everyone
Aside from the financial costs, removing graffiti takes up precious time and resources. Discriminatory or hateful messages sometimes contained in graffiti can also be hurtful, lowering the morale of the targeted individual or group. Graffiti and other vandalism make cities less attractive to visitors, businesses and investors, which can cause long term damage to the economy. Plus, property damage and petty crime lowers sense of security and reduces city pride.
How To Prevent Graffiti
Vandals are attracted to buildings and neighbourhoods with existing graffiti, broken fences, overgrown landscapes, litter and poor lighting. And surfaces such as brick, concrete and painted substrates – particularity when found in a long expanse – create a “blank canvas” for vandals to prey upon.
Keeping your property and neighbourhood clean positively impacts the community and deters further vandalism. Landscaping can also help discourage graffiti. Thorny plants, vines or thick shrubbery block ideal surfaces like fences and bare walls. Motion activated lights and security cameras also dissuade vandals who prefer to work in the dark and in secret.
There are several anti-graffiti products on the market today. Some are invisible to the naked eye while others act as both protection and decoration.
Sacrificial coatings are applied to a substrate and then removed with a high-pressure washer after graffiti has been applied. The original surface remains graffiti free and a new sacrificial layer is painted on. Meanwhile, permanent coatings stop graffiti from adhering to the original surface in the first place.
Permanent coatings create a protective surface that spray paint cannot adhere to. Solvent is used to wipe the graffiti off and the coating remains. Both sacrificial and permanent coatings are an effective solution for protecting against graffiti, however new technology provides us with a more durable, more affordable and more environmentally friendly option – anti-graffiti powder coating.
Anti-Graffiti Powder Coating
On top of powder coating’s superior coverage, level of finish, longevity, stain resistance and eco-conscious characteristics, it can also provide a surface that cannot be damaged by aggressive chemical substances or abrasive graffiti cleaning agents – even over long periods of time.
At Cadillac Coatings, we believe taking pride in our buildings, neighbourhoods and cities is the key to graffiti prevention. High quality products such as powder coating appear upscale yet remain affordable. Accessible to everyone, our powder coating technology helps cities – not graffiti – grow.