Graffiti management for small business – video transcript

The following is a transcript of Brisbane City Council's YouTube video about graffiti management for small business.

Hi, name is Chris, and I’m a Graffiti Removal Officer with Brisbane City Council.

When it comes to graffiti, prevention is key and there are some simple things you can do to help minimise the risk. Consider:

  • using vegetation to reduce access to walls
  • install good lighting to help deter criminal activity
  • use signs to create clear boundaries between your property and public areas
  • install fencing to make it harder for vandals to gain access
  • remove any object that could be used to climb to high areas like rooftop or awnings; and
  • consider installing surveillance cameras.

Now let’s look at how we rid of graffiti that’s already there.

To help you get started, Council provides free graffiti removal kits, which contain protective glasses, gloves, safety information and instructions.

Each kit includes different removal product such as graffiti removal spray, wipes and paint depending on the surface affected.

Our dedicated team can provide advice about which kit is best for your needs.

Windows or shop fronts are a common target for graffiti vandals. I will show you now some simple and easy ways to remove it safely.

Methylated spirits, graffiti remover and graffiti wipes are all able to be used against aerosols and marker pen from the glass.

Before using any chemical products, you need to take some simple safety precautions.

Always manufacturers’ instructions and only use chemicals in a well-ventilated area. Put on gloves, safety glasses and wash your hands thoroughly after you are done. Store all chemicals in a secure spot like a locked cupboard or high shelf so that they are out of reach of children and animals.

To remove graffiti from glass using the graffiti removal wipes, simply apply it gently to the glass and wipe until it’s been removed. Then, use a nice, clean wet rag and gently wipe it over until it’s all been removed.

Another way to remove paint, is by using a blade scraper, which you can buy from your local hardware store. Scrape away the excess aerosol from the glass but be careful not to scratch it.

Concrete walls are another common graffiti target and there are a number of ways you can remove it.

Firstly, you can apply graffiti remover, scrub with a stiff brush and then wash off or water blast with a pressure cleaner. You may need to try a few times to get rid of the graffiti completely. Just remember to wait 2-3 minutes between applications to give the product time to take effect.

Sometimes, when graffiti covers a large area, it’s much easier and much cheaper to just paint over it. Make sure you prepare the surface by removing flaking paint, dust or grime using a scraper or wire brush. Remember to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from paint flakes or droplets. Once you’re ready to paint, make sure that you do it in large sections so that the tag is completely covered. You may need to use a stain sealer or an undercoat to stop the graffiti bleeding through.

When you’re finished, store any leftover paint carefully and don’t let any paint or chemical runoff into drains or waterways.

So there you have it. Some easy ways to remove graffiti from your property.

Ends.

Return to the Graffiti management for small business web page.

Last updated:29 July 2019