Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:58

7 things graffiti artists don't want you to know

Written by  Caitlin Nobes
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The City of Toronto will spend $1 million on graffiti clean-up this year, although investors must continue to clear away any of that "art" on private property. CREW has found seven ways landlords can reduce their risk of being tagged in the first place -- information graffiti artists in Canada's urban centres don't want them to know.

While in some areas of Toronto, graffiti is an accepted -- indeed, expected -- part of the overall culture, says Oro Properties President Cindy Wennerstrom, it can be a costly issue for affected landlords. The headache goes beyond “curb appeal” and extends to increased vacancies and the cost of removing or repainting tagged walls, doorways, walkways and, even, windows.

And while graffiti removal companies are usually effective, they can also be pricey. Here's that list of the top seven ways to steer clear of that trouble and avoid being targeted by graffiti artists.

Top 7 things graffiti artist don't want you to know:

1.    For frequently hit walls, property owners looking for the ultimate solution to graffiti can treat their exposed walls to a coating of an epoxy-based paint, which can cost up to $150 a gallon, but comes clean with power washing.

2.    In some parts of town, landlords might choose to commission a mural to cover a wall to reduce graffiti, which is one of the City of Toronto’s approaches. In some cases the city will reimburse owners for up to half the cost of the mural.

3.    Montreal tried a different approach last year by distributing virgin vines around the city, which are attached to walls by suction cups. Landscaping and plants can reduce accessibility to walls and appeal for taggers.

4.    Illuminate the wall with a low-power sodium vapour bulb, which makes colours appear less vivid to the taggers, mounted high up and protected by a grill.

5.    Keep objects and equipment, such as garbage bins and ladders, away so they can't be used to reach higher levels.

6.    Avoid painting surfaces in light colours: opt for forest green, or browns. Keep extra paint on hand to easily cover graffiti.

7.    Consider the “broken windows” approach – keep grounds tidy and free of refuse and brush. This includes cleaning up graffiti as soon as possible, to make the whole area seem cared for.

Last modified on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:10

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  • Kevin Power Tuesday, 22 May 2012 17:03 posted by Kevin Power

    Graffiti is it Art or is it an Eyesore? I am with the latter. I do not understand why people would tag and deface someone else's property. Only further verification, I guess, of the low values that some of today's youth really have.

    If they didn't sweat to get it and keep the property up and pay the taxes, they don't have a buy in.

    If they were required to come back up and clean up their mess, they might have different tune to sing. of course our Lack of Justice system would never allow that to happen.

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