Graffiti Prevention and Removal
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Graffiti Prevention and Removal

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Although graffiti can sometimes bring beauty to a lifeless area, it is typically carried out as a form of vandalism.  Moreover, It can be devastating when iconic masonry is defaced.  Not only is this act aesthetically damaging, but it can decrease the value of the building.  With the services of experts, such as Abbot Building Restoration, masonry restoration in Massachusetts can successfully remove graffiti so that the structure can be returned to its original state.


Materials like brick and stone have many characteristics that need to be accounted for when attempting to manipulate the surface.  Porosity, penetrable, and sensitive to abrasion are factors making graffiti removal a potentially labor-intensive task.


To minimize the ability of the components of the paint to penetrate and harden within the masonry’s surface; it is important to remove graffiti as soon as possible.  However, because this is not always practical, there are solutions to help restore your building.


First, have a plan of action before beginning the removal process.  Although the ultimate goal is to remove the graffiti from the building surface, it is even more important to preserve the integrity of the masonry work.  Thus, knowing which materials you’re dealing with is imperative.



Although generally associated with small scale cleaning, poultice is an excellent way to remove graffiti from masonry work.  Providing a safe and effective solution, poultice combines an absorbent material with a cleaning agent.  This will gently remove the graffiti without redepositing it.  As long as the proper mixture is created, poultice can remain on the surface for an unspecified amount of time without causing the harmful effects of many chemical solutions.


Organic Solvents

Although adding a potential level of toxicity, using an organic solvent as a poultice can be an effective method as well. For the most part, organic solvents are easy to work with and leave behind no residue. However, choosing the wrong type of solvent could potentially create health risks, as well as cause more damage to the masonry work then the graffiti. Discoloration of the exterior of the building is also common if the wrong solvent is used.


Protective Coatings

After the desired results have been achieved through masonry repair,  it would be wise to consider methods to prevent future occurrences.  Although full prevention is impossible, measures can be taken to seal the masonry surface.  Protective coatings are available that can produce a non-stick barrier for brick and concrete surfaces.  With the use of semi-permeable membranes, you create an invisible wall against elements that can penetrate the substrate.  With the variety of options available, it is always best to consult with an expert in masonry restoration on which method will be best suited.


If you require masonry restoration in Massachusetts, contact Abbot Building Restoration. From small to institutional sized projects, the experts at Abbot can help with all of your masonry repair needs.  Visit us online or call (617) 445-0274.



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