Recently, Judge Mobile Wash and Bob Judge contributed to an article about Graffiti and Graffiti Cleanup in Cleaner Times’s June 2015 Issue.
The article, ‘Graffiti Removal,’ was a featured piece in the issue’s Power Washer’s Guidebook section. In the article, the author offers up the best tips and tricks for pressure washers when contracted for the removal of graffiti in public and private spaces.
In addition to having a number of photos featured in the article from some of our best work (to include the Philadelphia Inquirer building), Bob Judge offered up his perspective on handling graffiti jobs on the East Coast.
“Whatever the graffiti removal job, the key is to use a method that does the least amount of damage. The main thing with graffiti removal is not to damage the brick—or other substrate. We have used sand to remove graffiti. For the past 10 years, we have used Tagaway®, a chemical removal product specifically designed for graffiti. There’s a company called Equipment Trade Service in Norwood, PA. We just tell them what we are doing and they recommend a formulation. We still do a little graffiti removal work for school districts and for Penn DOT. Jobs for school districts are mostly exterior work. School personnel take on restrooms and trash cans, often repainting. The sealed bidding process for PennDOT is very competitive. Mass transit in the area, such as SEPTA [Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority] in Philadelphia, does its own graffiti removal. Some of the most interesting work we have done is removal of graffiti from monuments and plaques in cemeteries.
Bidding a graffiti removal job is very hard. We start by asking the prospective customer to send us a picture. And we go from there. You really have to know what you’re doing to be successful at graffiti removal. Damage to substrate that must be replaced in large segments, such as stucco, could be costly to the contractor.”
You can view the article in its entirety, along with the full issue by visiting Cleaner Times Magazine online. Or, download the article separately below.