Anti Graffiti Paint guide Canada

Protect your property with Anti Graffiti Paint in Canada

Graffiti can be seen as a form of modern street art in Canada, but it can also be a nuisance for councils and property owners. Especially in high risk graffiti areas such as city centres, graffiti decreases the value of buildings and may create an unpleasant environment. Fortunately, there is a solution: anti graffiti paint!

Unwanted graffiti should be removed as soon as it is noticed while it is freshest. Toronto’s city counsel has therefore launched the “Graffiti Transformation Program”. This special program is an annual community investment which hires youth to remove graffiti and resurface the walls with attractive murals. Since the program’s start in 1996, over 9,000 tags have been removed, over 300 sites cleaned, and 430 murals created. Other cities in Canada have decided that individuals and businesses must remove graffiti vandalism on their property at their own expense or else the city will remove the graffiti for them and send the bill.  To make this job easier (and cheaper) anti graffiti paint offers a great solution.

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Permanent and sacrificial anti graffiti paint for preventing graffiti

anti graffiti paint removes the graffiti in a second

Thanks to anti graffiti paint you can easily remove graffiti with water and soap

Anti graffiti paint is purposed to make graffiti or tagging easy to wash off with high pressure, hot water and soap. They form a protective layer on a substrate where graffiti is likely to appear. Thanks to the coating, the graffiti never reaches the substrate but remains on the coating layer instead. Anti-graffiti coating comes in two forms which are suitable for almost any substrate. Which form you choose depends upon the likelihood of your property suffering with graffiti vandalism and the amount of money and maintenance you want to invest.

1. Permanent anti graffiti (spray) coating (based on nanotechnology)

Recommended for: surfaces that are likely to experience graffiti frequently (public buildings, schools, alleyways, bridges and railway walls)

Permanent anti graffiti spray coatings (non-sacrificial) are based on nanotechnology, which allows the coating to become one with the substrate. These coatings form a water repellent surface where the graffiti spray paint, permanent markers, or ink cannot properly adhere. The permanent anti graffiti paint remains functional for 5 to 8 years and endures some 70 graffiti removals.

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Rainguard VandlGuard Permanent Anti-Graffiti Coating
Permanent Anti-Graffiti Coating
Rainguard VandlGuard Permanent Anti-Graffiti Coating
  • Permanent Anti-Graffiti Coating
  • Suitable for: Painted and unpainted concrete, block, CMU, brick, EIFS, stucco, wood, painted metal
  • Colour: Clear/ Colourless
  • Finish: Low gloss
  • Apply with: Airless spray equipment
  • Volume: 1 Gallon
  • Based on: Cross linked Co-Polymer

2. Sacrificial anti graffiti coating (based on silicone wax)

Recommended for: surfaces at low to middle risk of graffiti (houses, public benches, garage doors and so on)

Sacrificial or temporary anti graffiti paint is usually a silicone wax which washes off together with the graffiti. It forms a protective film to which the graffiti can adhere without reaching the underlying substrate. As the coating is sacrificial, it needs to be reapplied after removing graffiti. These are available as anti graffiti spray and brush versions.

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Rainguard International VG-7100 Vandltop Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Protective Coating
Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Coating
Rainguard International VG-7100 Vandltop
  • Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Protective Coating
  • Suitable for: Concrete, stucco, eifs, brick, wood, metal, plastic, painted surface
  • Colour: Clear
  • Finish: Matte
  • Apply with: Brush, Roll, Spray
  • Volume: Available in 5 Gallon or 1 Gallon
  • Based on: Water Based Co-Polymer

Choose the best anti graffiti paint solution for your substrate

For graffiti artists in Canada, there is no difference between substrates. Therefor graffiti prevention coatings have been developed for multiple materials. There are transparent anti graffiti paint systems, but you can also opt for colour. Suitability for substrates varies per coating – always check the specific instructions from the manufacturer.

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Graffiti on a wooden bench in Kempton Howard Park, Toronto.

  • Wood (doors, facades, street furniture, fences, bridges, gates)
    There are waxes and permanent systems for hard and soft wood. If you want the natural appearance of the wood to stay visible, opt for a clear system. However, anti graffiti paint does not prevent natural greying of the wood. When you do not want discoloration to show an opaque system is a better choice.
  • Metal (exteriors of trains, benches, as well as metal doors and sidings)
    Metal surfaces are most often coated with a permanent opaque or transparent nano coating system. Some waxes are also possible, but often not convenient because they do not adhere that good. A nano based anti graffiti coating also adds anti corrosive protection to the substrate.
  • Concrete masonry, stucco, bricks: bridges, facades, walls, fences and underground tunnels and stations
    The most common choice of anti graffiti paint for concrete is clear permanent system because this also protects. However, clear and sacrificial systems are also applicable.

Anti-graffiti coating costs and manufacturers

Protecting small surfaces from graffiti is often a DIY-job, but as the surface area gets larger, the application requires more expertise. The cost of an anti graffiti coating products you can apply yourself can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer in Canada. The prices below are simply indications / amounts you could expect:

  • NanoTech Anti-Graffiti coating costs CAD 295 for a gallon.
  • Anti-Graffiti system, another provider of anti graffiti spray coatings, charges CAD 200 for 5 litres. This is cheaper as compared to NanoTech.
  • Watson Coatings Inc. on the other hand sells a gallon of anti graffiti paint between CAD 65.23 to CAD 83.75. As you can see, the costs have a considerable range. It really depends on the specifications of the user as to how much a gallon of coating may cost.

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