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Graffiti-Free Buildings With Shelter Works

Thursday, March 14, 2013


gra1While many believe graffiti to be an “art form” that dates back thousands of years, many others see it as an inevitable nuisance that must be dealt with.  Our customers are eager for easy solutions to eliminate the illicit artwork spray-painted onto buildings throughout their cities.

After installation, many of our clients who are responsible for the on-going maintenance of the fiberglass buildings discover graffiti on the sides of their structures over the years.  Shelter Works buildings are made with a polymer gel coat that resists graffiti and makes clean-up super easy.

gra2We recommend using a solution called Methyl Ethyl Ketone (or MEK) to easily remove spray paint from the walls of our shelters.  Some people prefer to use Odorless Mineral Spirits to remove the graffiti, but in a side-by-side test we conducted internally, we found the MEK to be significantly more effective (see picture below).

The Graffiti Test

We bought standard black and red spray paint from the local hardware store and “tagged” four different areas of a building wall.  On the left-hand side, we used the Odorless Mineral Spirits and on the right, MEK.  While the Mineral Spirits decreased the visibility of the paint, the MEK eliminated the paint much more effectively.

gra3In addition, the solvent had no effect on the gel coat, so the originally-intended color of the building remains intact.  So if you find that you need a building that can withstand the abuse of clandestine artists, specify a Shelter Works prefabricated fiberglass building.