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Graffiti proof material
Hi everyone,
I am facing a little design problem, I am after a material that is Graffiti-proof, any ideas on what could that be?

Karim
Karim Elgendy
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Graffiti proof material
I have heard of graffiti-resistant paints that can be applied to building surfaces and can cleaned up after the fact.
Shiraz Allibhai
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Thanks Shiraz, much appreciated
Karim Elgendy
Graffiti proof material
Hi Karim, ( not easy to make it perfect!)
I'm the ASF (autoroute du sud de la France) architect, in charge of managing all the studies of construction work, witch include sound protections along the highway. This is where we have THE main graffiti problem.
I've learn through many project that there is no magic product... some are good, and can prevent damages if quick maintenance follow the new graffiti; but in some exposed areas, graffitis come quicker than the maintenance, and forget it, you loose!
SO, I’ve been organising a few contest for new sound protection, with, in the program, hard specification about graffiti "proof ness"in fact, be away from graffitis doesn’t come from a magic and expensive product, it comes from cleverness of architects who include this specification way ahead in their design, and find shapes, surfaces, colours... where a graffiti can't be red and then won't be apply! Researches are going on with some vegetal surfaces; they have also the advantage of transforming a "horrible heavy wall" in a green space.... good also for the environment!
Where is your project???
Be interesting to help you more!
Good luck
hervé
Herve Mauclere
Graffiti proof material
Hi Karim, ( not easy to make it perfect!)
I'm the ASF (autoroute du sud de la France) architect, in charge of managing all the studies of construction work, witch include sound protections along the highway.
This is where we have THE main graffiti problem.
I've learn through many project that there is no magic product... some are good, and can prevent damages if quick maintenance follow the new graffiti; but in some exposed areas, graffitis come quicker than the maintenance, and forget it, you loose!
SO, I've been organising a few contest for new sound protection, with, in the program, hard specification about graffiti "proof ness"in fact, be away from graffitis doesn't come from a magic and expensive product, it comes from cleverness of architects who include this specification way ahead in their design, and find shapes, surfaces, colours... where a graffiti can't be red and then won't be apply!

Researches are going on with some vegetal surfaces; they have also the advantage of transforming a "horrible heavy wall" in a green space.... good also for the environment!

Where is your project???
Be interesting to help you more!
Good luck

hervé
Herve Mauclere
Graffiti proof material
The option of EDIT is in the bottom left corner and DELETE next to it! Feel free to use it! ;-)
Hammad Husain
Graffiti proof material
Dear herve
Thanks for your obviously sincere attempts for help, i have found a product in England , its silicon boarding , they come in large sized boards and they are 20mm thick they can be custom cut and they can be wiped clean easily. It has a plasticy feeling though.

there is also silicon paint that can applied on concrete for the same purposes but with a concrete feel.
Karim Elgendy
Graffiti proof material
Dear Karim,

There are a couple of approaches that I can think of for graffiti resistant material. These are particularly effective for concrete.

One is using dimensional surface pours in concrete. Scott Systems is a manufacturer supplier in the Unites States that has some excellent reusable rubber molds. Patterns used most around here for graffiti prevention are vertical lenticular stripes about 2" deep (45mm) and same or more width (60mm). Surface is difficult to use as a surface for written anything.

Another approach is making the surface either darker, or varigated. Darker surfaces tend to be overlooked by graffitists in favor of easier surfaces. Most is dark paint, so it lacks appealing contrast. There are several manufacturers of acid based stains that provide rich to subtle earth colors that when applied to concrete, produce natural rock colorations that are permanent. I have been actively developing new ways to control these solutions. An example is shown in an RareEarth Lab solution, two concentrations. Other similar manufacturers for color are Kemiko and L M Scofield.

Combined, They can solve many problems by preventative design strategies.

Best Wishes,
Eileen Webb
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