3 Exterior Paint Options to Prevent Graffiti Damage

Are you struggling to protect your business premises from the handiwork of local graffiti 'artists'? If so, it may be time to get your exterior repainted with graffiti damage prevention in mind. Here are three exterior painting options that will help you keep graffiti at bay.

1. Use an Anti-Graffiti Primer

The first step to preventing graffiti damage on your exterior walls is to use an anti-graffiti primer. These primers are base coats intended for use under anti-graffiti finishing coats. The primary purpose of an anti-graffiti primer is to help your main paint coat adhere well to your walls and provide a smooth finish. But that's not its only benefit. Since primer is white, using it ensures that the colour of your top coat renders correctly. If you don't use primer first, the dark colour of the brick, wood or concrete may show through, making your walls look dingy. On top of that, if you've been unable to fully remove the existing graffiti on your walls, anti-graffiti primer will cover it up so it doesn't show through your new coat of paint.

2. Use a Sacrificial Coating

Once your exterior walls are primed and painted, you have two main options for your finishing coat: a sacrificial coating or a permanent coating. As the name suggests, sacrificial coatings can be 'sacrificed' (removed) if your wall gets graffitied. These coatings are made to easy to remove with a high-pressure washer, so there's no need for stripping chemicals.

Once a graffiti-damaged sacrificial coat is blasted away, it can be reapplied. One of the biggest benefits of using a sacrificial coating is that they're affordable and easy to apply to your exterior walls, minimising disruption to your business. They're also mostly water-based and low in VOCs, so they're friendly to the environment and the health of your employees and customers.

3. Use a Permanent Coating

Of course, while sacrificial coatings have their benefits, they do need to be reapplied when a wall is graffitied. If you'd prefer a more long-lasting solution, it's best to opt for a permanent coating. Markers and spray paints can't bond to permanent coatings, and this allows you to wipe walls clean when they're graffitied without damaging the coating itself or the paint underneath. Permanent coatings are more expensive than sacrificial coatings. They may also take longer to apply and are sometimes higher in VOCs than their sacrificial counterparts. However, if you opt for a permanent coating, it only needs to be applied once to prevent graffiti damage for good.