Damages caused by graffiti removal

Many graffiti removal efforts done unprofessionally aren't successful and leave on the facades very visible traces of the failed attempts. The most common damages are color graffiti shadows or peeling of the paint after painting over the graffiti or blasting damages while removing graffiti.

Graffiti shadows „damages“

The use of the wrong graffiti remover can leave surfaces, particularly natural stones, looking worse than before. It also result in higher costs. The most common damages are persistent graffiti shadows.


Next to graffiti shadows the most widespread damages are the ones caused by the use of graffiti removers that are too corrosive and leave the treated surface irreparably „burnt“. 

Damages due to pressure washing

While blasting, hot water high pressure or steam cleaning are effective, they can also trigger further damages if used improperly, especially when the intensity of the stream is too high. In the worst case holes are made in the facade, leading to further deterioration and higher repair costs.

Bleed-through from color shadows

Painting over a defaced surface may lead to a bleed-through of the graffiti pigments to the surface, thus forming color shadows. This happens when the selected paint reactivates the color pigments of the underlying graffiti. 

Peeling of facade paint

Poor adhesion of the facade paint on the graffiti spray paint may lead to peeling and cracking of the paint.

Inadequate color match

Improper color match of the touch up paint to the original surface color leads in 90% of the cases to  „patchwork“  effects.