How to remove graffiti from a wood fence

How to remove graffiti from a wood fence

When removing Graffiti on wood fences, there are a number of possible ways to approach it which mainly depends on the scale of the job. 

First Option.

PAINT OVER. If it’s larger graffiti on the fence or filled-in bubble writing you are best advised to just color match and paint over the graffiti. If necessary you can take a sample piece/slat to your local paint store and color match the fence very accurately. Remember to paint an entire section from top to bottom and end to end, as it will be far less conspicuous than leaving small patches of paint especially when it rains, which is likely to reveal even the best of color matches.

Second Option.

PRESSURE WASH. Very often you can clean a wood fence using one of our removers in conjunction with a pressure washer, especially if you do not mind leaving clean patches behind instead of graffiti. 

Pressure washing a fence can be intrinsically troublesome due to the softness and natural ageing of timber as well as the presence of growth and algae. If you're not careful with your gunning technique, you can easily leave distinct clean patches where you have been, and for this reason need to finish whole sections to even out the appearance. 

'Bare Brick', Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover can be used in the conventional way on some wood fences. However, Transgel is often the most ideal product, as it is PH neutral and totally nonreactive to any oils in the timber and can even soak up inks and stains with a long enough dwell time. 

Brush Transgel on to a test area first, and leave on as long as possible. Rinse off using your pressure washer when ready. 

Gunning/rinsing too close with a pressure washer can result in a stringy fence, which might create a bigger job of sanding it down later, so be careful not to come in too close with your wand. Use a flat angled spray tip; never zero degrees or a turbo blaster. See before/after examples below which are typical removal jobs on a wooden fence.

Agitation, as you apply this product, can be of great assistance. Continued experience with the product will enable the user to judge how many applications are necessary for varying surfaces and particular spray cans. On older/thicker graffiti, patience is the key. Keep the graffiti wet with the product, as long as possible before rinsing.

In many cases, graffiti removal from fences can be “the art of disguise” . 

If you have successfully removed 95% of the graffiti, you can pick a color paint and fog mist/spray with your Graffiti beater/HVLP gun to blend in the area with the surrounding fence. All of these above techniques can be used. However in the case of common pressure-treated pine fences we have always carried two important colors on our trucks; ‘Old’ aged wood fence color and ‘New’ wood fence color, perfect for most back alleys and neighborhood fences. 

If you have a new unpainted wooden fence we highly recommend our World’s Best Graffiti Coating. It offers excellent protection to any natural wooden fence, especially cedar, and pre-stained oiled timber fences.

3 Golden Rules

1) IF GRAFFITI IS NOT COMING OFF EASILY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! You may require a change of tact or use of another product.

2) IF YOU CAN’T REMOVE A LITTLE BIT OF GRAFFITI, THEN YOU’RE NOT GOING TO REMOVE A LOT! TEST FIRST before applying product to an entire job. This way you can determine if you’re on the right track before embarking on full scale removals.

3) IF YOU’RE WORKING HARD, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG! Forget the scrubbing, blasting and any other abrasive measures. Put simply, either your products are working or they’re not. Any problems can be taken care of with the right technique.

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