Paint & graffiti removal
Graffiti which is sprayed or painted onto a building is an act of vandalism that can be abusive, unsightly and offensive. The appearance of graffiti will also have a negative effect on the local area. We can remove graffiti damage from any surface using our specialist techniques. It will not damage the surface or substrate, it will not leave any marks or any shadowing. Once the graffiti damage is removed, we can apply an anti-graffiti coating which then aids a quick and easy removal process in the future. As a masonry paint removal company the hot water pressure washing equipment we use for exterior cleaning can be used to remove masonry paint when used in conjunction with a solvent. We apply the solvent and leave in place until it reacts with the paint. We then start to jet wash the softened paint away with the hot water. The heat acts as a catalyst on the chemical and the paint “melts” and falls away from the substrate. The paint comes away in layers and the process is repeated until the wall is clean.
We do not need to use very high pressure with this technique and as long as the masonry and pointing is in good condition they will not be affected. Once the paint removal has been carried out the bricks will appear as they were before they were painted; if they were blackened from pollution before they were painted this discolouring may still be visible. Sometimes a chemical brick clean is necessary to brighten the bricks. It is up to the client to choose what finish they require. We strip paint from houses that have been painted in past decades when it was fashionable to paint facades, covering up attractive patterned brickwork. Another reason for removing paint is to allow a building to breathe. The common use of inappropriate paints in the past can prevent masonry walls from breathing. This can lead to “blowing” of the stone-work, allowing damp and frost to cause damage. Non-breathable paint can also cause damp problems on the inner walls of a building by trapping humidity within the masonry.
Returning a masonry building to its intended state by removing the paint can add significant value to a property, solve damp problems and prevent the deterioration of masonry. Clients should be aware that masonry paint removal from bricks and stone is difficult, messy and unpredictable work. By the nature of the work we don’t always know what we will uncover. It is the most expensive service we provide in terms of cost per square metre. In order to quote we carry out a test at a cost of £100 to establish how well the paint will react to our methods. The test cost is refunded if you proceed with the work. Facades need to be scaffolded and sheeted for us to have access and to prevent the paint from falling onto surrounding areas. The technique can be carried out on any masonry surface. If you can send us photographs of the property to be worked upon we can provide an initial estimate.
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