Before choosing the type of graffiti remover to use, identify the surface type and refer to the table below to ensure correct product is selected. 3M has recommended SoSafe Yellow for use on all signs that have a 3M reflective coating since it will not damage the coating when removing surface graffiti.
SoSafe products are color coded, the color of the circle in the table below represents the most suitable product for that surface. For unusual or unlisted surfaces, contact a SoSafe professional. Information on SoSafe graffiti removal products can be found below the chart. Click here for example video & images
Sensitive Surface Graffiti Removal – Removing graffiti from painted & reflective surfaces
We often use the age old phrase ‘do not use a sledgehammer to crack a nut’, meaning do not use disproportionate force to overcome a minor problem. SoSafe Yellow or Green can safely remove graffiti paint or ink from a range of surfaces without damaging the underlying surface. Ideal for whiteboards, plastics, powdercoat, colorbond, glass, playground equipment, toilet partitions, traffic signage, buses, bill posters & sticker adhesive. SoSafe Green is best for temperatures below 50F. For information on how to use SoSafe spray paint removers, click here.
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Yellow Graffiti Remover - Painted and sensitive surfaces - Click for information
SoSafe Yellow for painted surfaces is the gentlest graffiti removal product in the range. Yellow label has been specifically designed to work slower to give the user time to clean highly sensitive surfaces without damaging the substrate.
SoSafe Yellow will allow the removal of graffiti from sensitive surfaces layer by layer, typical applications include marker or paint removal from reflective traffic signs (above 50F), painted surfaces, plastics, plexiglass, white boards and other sensitive surfaces.
When applying the product to the surface contact time is critical. The longer SoSafe Yellow is left on the surface, the deeper the product will penetrate. Ink/Marker graffiti is generally easier to remove with a simple wipe on, wipe off approach. Spray paints will require longer contact time. SoSafe Yellow is ideal to remove graffiti from plexiglass, play ground equipment, buses, trains and other sensitive surfaces. It is possible to remove graffiti from panel trucks with SoSafe Yellow, though always test the substrate for compatibility before beginning graffiti removal.
Green Graffiti Remover - Broad use sensitive surfaces - Click for information
SoSafe Green is highly versatile, working in all temperatures & moisture levels. Initially developed by demand from USA bus and rail networks, SoSafe Green solves the problem of removing graffiti from plastics without damaging the surface. This product performance has shown amazing results in the removal of graffiti from: shutters, garage doors, colorbond, plexiglass, wood, plastic signs, playground equipment and other surfaces quickly and completely.
SoSafe Green has also proven to be a superior billboard / poster remover; Simply spray, wait 15 seconds and peal. The adhesive releases, allowing the stickiness and the poster to be removed effortlessly. Another feature of SoSafe Green is the removal of adheasive and glue easy with minimal fuss. SoSafe Green is formulated to work faster than SoSafe Yellow, making it ideal for use in colder areas where SoSafe Yellow works slowly and SoSafe Blue was too strong for the application on hand. SoSafe Green is popular with Californian government departments, as it contains no proposition 65 listed chemicals. SoSafe Green can be used with pressure washer or by hand.
Heavy Duty Graffiti Removal
SoSafe Blue or Red Professional can be used to remove graffiti paint or ink from raw brick, concrete, stone, granite, tiles and raw metals. SoSafe Red Professional is ideal for use with pressure washing equipment.
Blue Sprayable Gel Graffiti Remover - Brick & concrete use - Click for information
SoSafe Blue for non-sensitive surfaces is SoSafes’ original and most popular spray paint remover for schools. This broad-use spray paint remover is for use on most porous, non-sensitive or other difficult surfaces. Ideal to remove spray paint, marker, poster glue, shoe polish, chewing gum and crayon from: Brick, concrete, blocks, sheet metal, train exteriors (unpainted), mortar, grout, marble, granite, slate, stone, stucco, unpainted shutters, terracotta, terrazzo, pebblecrete, pavers and other difficult to remove graffiti stains.
SoSafe Blue is available in a Sprayable Gel formula, which will hold in position when applied to a vertical surface until the user rinses, reducing the quantity of product required to remove graffiti as well as preventing graffiti running down the walls. The popular choice for schools, municipalities, and transit agencies!
Pro Graffiti Remover - Use with pressure washing equipment
SoSafe Professional has been specifically formulated for use by professionals and contractors with pressure cleaning equipment. Unlike SoSafe Blue and Yellow, SoSafe Professional is not deactivated by water. The advantage of this is that it can be used immediately after pressure cleaning to give a deeper clean.
For difficult graffiti stains (i.e. shadows), Red Professional should be used in conjunction with Shadow Chaser – Ghost remover. This will eliminate all stains, graffiti, shadows and/or discoloration. It should be noted that if not fully rinsed with water, residual oils in SoSafe Red Professional may leave the surfaces with a ‘wet’ appearance for up to a couple of days after treatment; this illustrates how deep the chemical is penetrating the substrate.
SoSafe Red Professional when used in conjunction with Shadow Chaser is the most effective and efficient graffiti remover available on the market for contractors. NOTE: Some contractors prefer to leave Red Professional on light shadows overnight to fade out shadows when used on sandstone and other erodible surfaces. SoSafe Professional is ideal for use on concrete, blocks, stucco, stone and other porous surfaces. SoSafe has recently completed testing SoSafe Professional on synthetic flooring in trains and buses to remove marker pen stains with perfect results. Contact SoSafe for more information on compatibility of SoSafe graffiti removal products for your specific application.
Shadow Chaser - Graffiti shadow remover - Click for information
The removal of some graffiti types, such as very old graffiti requires a special approach, incorporating a combination of skill and chemical technology. Shadow Chaser is a corrosive formulation designed to work in conjunction with SoSafe Professional to remove the most difficult of graffiti stains including graffiti ghosting, old graffiti and other difficult stains.
How it works
Apply SoSafe Red Professional to the surface to attack the graffiti, wait 1 to 3 minutes, then apply Shadow Chaser with a brush or roller (do not splash or spray) over the top of the graffiti. A small amount of white suds will appear on the surface as the Shadow Chaser and Red Professional penetrate the surface, wait an additional three minutes, then pressure wash the surface with slow, controlled passes. Repeat as necessary. Longer wait times might be required for heavier graffiti or in colder weather.
Shadow Chaser has been specially formulated for stubborn graffiti stains that cannot be removed by conventional means and requires a strong arm approach. Shadow Chaser forms part of this revolutionary tool in the battle against graffiti removal, increasing the speed, performance and efficiency of graffiti removal crews. Shadow Chaser should only be used by trained professional graffiti removal technicians.
Specialist Graffiti Removal Products
SoSafe manufactures a range of niche surface cleaners to meet obscure requirements, should you have a specific problem area, contact SoSafe technical for solutions.
SoSafe Black - VOC Exempt graffiti remover
SoSafe Black is the latest edition to the SoSafe range. SoSafe Black has been specifically formulated to meet LVP-VOC standards, making it the only choice for Californian government departments searching for VOC exempt graffiti removers. SoSafe Black is for use by professionals with pressure washing equipment. Unlike SoSafe Blue, Black is not deactivated by water. The advantage of this is that it can be used immediately after pressure cleaning to give a deeper clean. For particularly difficult graffiti stains we recommend reading our product training manual prior to use.
Utilizing the latest Surface Active Technology SoSafe Black is a real breakthrough invention delivering unparalleled performance eliminating the need for use of flammable or corrosive products for good. No more chemical burns. No more itchy skin! Suitable for use on most porous, non-sensitive or other difficult surfaces to remove spray paint, marker, poster glue, shoe polish and crayon. So check the USE BY date for your current graffiti removal technology and make the switch to SoSafe Black, the better choice for employees, environment and performance.
Ideal to remove graffiti from: Brick, concrete, blocks, sheet metal, train exteriors, mortar, grout, marble, granite, slate, stone, stucco, unpainted shutters, terracotta, terrazzo, pebblecrete, pavers and other difficult to remove graffiti stains. To remove graffiti from difficult surfaces quickly it is recommended to have high pressure available, it is still possible to achieve great results without high pressure washing, though a little more time maybe required.
Fader - Marker & ink removal
SoSafe Fader is a highly effective fix for graffiti ink ghosting on the most difficult substrates. Fader is of particular benefit when graffiti has been applied using Sharpie-style permanent marker, “paint” pens, or dye-based mediums. Surfaces that have previously been non-maintainable such as unfinished stone, concrerete, worn or damaged terrazzo, dry pressed or clay bricks and pavers can now be cleaned without damaging pressure cleaning or severe chemicals.
Ideal for; Brick, concrete, terrazzo, marble, granite, limestone, besser block or any other porous surface. Click on Facebook link to see Fader images.
Rapid Off - Crayon, wax, egg & tar removal
Ideal to remove wax / crayon graffiti from: Brick, concrete, terrazzo, marble, granite, besser block or any other porous surface. Rapid Off will also remove egg stains & adhesive.
What allows SoSafe graffiti removers to outperform the competition?
SoSafe has incorporated an exclusive formulation known as Surface Active Technology (S.A.T.) into all SoSafe graffiti removal products. Surface Active Technology is a breakthrough formulation to remove deep stains from most substrates, that were previously thought to have been permanent, without the need to use aggressive chemical bases such as caustic soda or flammable solvents.
Surface Active Technology can only be found in SoSafe graffiti removal chemicals and has revolutionized the graffiti removal industry allowing an effective, safer option in graffiti removal.
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