Whether graffiti is seen as an expressive art form or simply an act of vandalism, most property owners agree that the exercise of removing graffiti from public places is usually costly and time consuming. However, Prominent Paints’ Anti-graffiti Coating makes removing graffiti as simple as wiping it off the wall – a much more cost-effective option than having to repaint every time the wall surface is defaced.
Russell Thomson, brand marketing manager at Prominent Paints, says, “At face value, our Anti-graffiti Coating looks like any other decorative top coat. It can be manufactured in any colour and its appearance is no different from ordinary paint.”
Where the Anti-graffiti paint differs from other paints is that when applied to a wall, it does not allow permanent adhesion of subsequently applied, commonly used graffiti materials such as inks and spray paints. “Although spray paint, permanent marker or ink may be applied, these can be easily wiped off,” Thomson says.
Prominent Paints supplies an Anti-graffiti Gel cleaner which breaks down the bond between spray paint and the wall – if the wall has been painted with the Anti-graffiti coating. Applied on a cloth to wipe the wall clean, it leaves the wall looking freshly painted, with no residue, shadowing or ghosting.
“Without Prominent Paints’ Anti-graffiti Coating, the options are to leave the graffiti on the wall or to repaint with normal decorative paint, which can be costly if it has to be done frequently,” says Thomson. “If the wall has been painted with Prominent Paints Anti-graffiti Coating, the gel cleaner – with a once off cost of a few hundred rand – can be used safely and effectively every time graffiti needs to be removed.”
Prominent Paints’ Anti-graffiti Coating has been used throughout the Gautrain project on the internal and external walls of the train stations. Tried and tested, the product has been used around the world for many years. In comparative product tests for the Gautrain project, only Prominent Paints Anti-graffiti Coating met the requirements and demonstrated its claims as being a true anti-graffiti product.
“This high-performance paint system was specifically developed for use on large properties, including hotels, hospitals and municipal buildings,” Thomson says. “The protection it offers against graffiti means that associated maintenance costs are virtually negated.”