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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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4 Tips For Preventing And Removing Graffiti At Your Business

by Jonathan Lucas

Graffiti is a pervasive form of vandalism, whether it is spray painted over the front of your business or if it is scrawled across a mirror in your public restroom. Managing graffiti requires a mix of preventative techniques coupled with the quick removal of any graffiti that does happen to show up on your walls. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Restrict Access

The simplest way to stop graffiti is to restrict access to the walls of your building, especially after hours. There are several ways to do this. A fence around the perimeter of the property that is locked at night can prevent your building from becoming the target. Although the fence may be vandalized, at least you won't have graffiti on difficult surfaces like glass windows or masonry. You can also plant landscaping to discourage graffiti. Climbing plants or hedges right against a wall makes it difficult for a vandal to find an easily reached bare spot.

Tip #2: Add Lighting

Many graffiti vandals work under the cover of darkness, so adding lights around the perimeter of your building may be sufficient to scare them away. If you don't want the building lit up all the time, you can use motion sensor lights. Install lights inside an outdoor light cage, which will prevent them from being tampered with or broken.

Tip #3: Apply a Coating

Special coating have been developed to help prevent graffiti. The first type of coating is applied over the top of the paint and it is clear. If graffiti occurs, this coating can be quickly removed to reveal the pristine wall beneath. Then you simply apply a fresh layer of the coating. The other type can be applied as a top coat or you can get paint with the coating already mixed in. This coating resists graffiti do it doesn't adhere well and can be cleaned up easily with a solvent.

Tip #4: Clean It Up

Finally, if graffiti does occur clean it up quickly. The sooner it is removed the less likely that other vandals will begin targeting your business. You can usually remove graffiti from masonry surfaces with a power washer or a solvent. Wood surfaces require a solvent and possibly repainting. Glass can be more problematic. It may be necessary to scrape off as much paint as possible with a razor blade, followed with a scrubbing with mineral spirits to remove the remaining paint. If you are having trouble, it can also be scrubbed carefully with fine steel wool, but care must be taken to prevent scratching of the glass. Contact a local glass graffiti removal company for more help.

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