Graffiti is vandalism, and it can be a frustrating and expensive problem for your business. Fortunately, there are a few ways that your exterior paint can help minimize the issue.
1. Anti-Graffiti Paint
The easiest way to make graffiti a problem of the past is to invest in anti-graffiti paint the next time you have your building painted. You can still paint your building in any color desired because the anti-graffiti paint is a clear coating that is applied as a final coat after the primer and exterior paint have been applied. These are permanent coatings, which means that they last the life of the paint job beneath and only need to be reapplied when you repaint. Graffiti can't stick to the coating, so washing off any attempts is a quick and easy task.
2. Prevention Films
Another option is to use an anti-graffiti film. These are also best applied to newly painted walls, although you can have a film installed over existing painted surfaces if they are in good repair and won't require repainting soon. The films are also sometimes called sacrificial coatings because they are peeled off and replaced if graffiti occurs. The graffiti only adheres to the coating, so the paint doesn't soak into your exterior walls and become permanent. The coatings can be removed quickly with very little effort.
3. Mural Installation
Blank walls are often too tempting for the errant tagger or graffiti vandal, so getting rid of blank walls on your building can help. Having an exterior painting service paint a mural onto large blank walls can be an effective and creative solution. Murals aren't suitable for every business, of course. They do work well if you have large blank walls that aren't in heavily trafficked areas, such as the back of the building or on the sides of a warehouse. Murals also have the benefit of catching public interest, which may increase business.
4. Matchable Colors
Skipping custom colors for your building's exterior can be a lower-cost way to handle graffiti. Vandalism tends to beget more vandalism, so leaving up even one spray-painted tag can quickly result in a wall covered in various bits of graffiti. Being able to paint over the graffiti the same day it happens can eventually force the vandals to move on to another target. Using a standard, easy-to-replicate exterior color means your walls won't have a patchwork appearance from multiple graffiti repairs.
Contact a commercial building painting service if you need more help with graffiti prevention.