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Subject: Removing Graffiti Tagging
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BillH10
(Texas)

Posts:374


07/05/2019 4:34 PM  
What better to have happen at 6:10 PM on a Friday evening/holiday weekend. Not a major problem, just one of those little niggling issues which challenge property management company owners.

We just received a call from the president of a client condo association, their pole mounted ten unit mailbox was graffiti tagged last night. They would like to have the mailbox repainted tomorrow, which I will advise them will not happen as while a few coats of spray paint will correct the problem now, it will also create an enduring maintenance item. The original finishes are anodized or baked on for longevity. Besides, I don't know what the post office policies are regarding mailbox maintenance and there is no realistic way to find out before Monday.

One of the units is listed for sale and has showings tomorrow, hence the urgency.

So, have any of you had experience with a product which will remove the handiwork of the local artists? This may be as simple as a quick trip to the local big box hardware establishment but I'd prefer to use a product some of you may have had experience with. We planned to review our clients in that area Monday but can easily move the review up to tomorrow. We will remove the paint if we can obtain the correct product.

Thanks for your advice

MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:8300


07/05/2019 4:47 PM  
I have seen something for that at one of the big box stores or Walmart. It's in the paint section. It will depend on what type of paint it is. You may just go to a craft store and cover it with some ribbon... Think the product is called "Graffiti-Off". Same people who make Goof-Off...

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MarkW18
(Florida)

Posts:45


07/05/2019 4:50 PM  
Look for a organization called Graffiti Buster or similar. This is RIGHT up their alley.
MarkM19
(Texas)

Posts:350


07/05/2019 5:30 PM  
Bill,
I agree with Melissa. Over the counter paint remover or Goof Off or similar should do the job. These thugs are not buying any high quality paint. The mailboxes are painted with very durable paint and can handle this cleanup. Worst case you may need a Power Washer. Make sure you take pictures and file a Police Report. The PD saves these things and if they every catch someone in the act they can tack on additional charges. Most PDs have seen the same markings and even know the gang writings.

It is best to remove it asap. The thugs love to brag about their work and the sooner you make it disappear the better.
MelissaP1
(Alabama)

Posts:8300


07/05/2019 5:42 PM  
You also may want to contact the postal inspectors. The Post office has basically their own "Police" department. We had mail being stolen from our boxes. We had to go through the postal department to get it handled. So your local police good place to start but they may not be able to do much if it falls under the post office.

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SheliaH
(Indiana)

Posts:2565


07/06/2019 10:05 AM  
Make sure that you contact local police and take a photo of the graffiti before cleaning it. Chances are whoever did this has tagged other areas and the photo may help in tracking them down, especially if the graffiti is affiliated with gang activity.
LetA
(Nevada)

Posts:712


07/06/2019 10:59 AM  
Take pictures of the said graffiti and file a police report at the station and give a copy of the picture to the police. The police keep a database on graffiti tags for reference and as tool to prosecute offenders.
Goof Off comes is a little can that works wonders cleaning spray paint off powder coated surfaces without damaging the powder coated surface. Personally I don't think the Post Office would get whiny if you cleaned graffiti off the box for them. I still would visit your local postoffice and talk to the station superintended and get permission. Yes you want to clean this up ASAP so these taggers don't take over the neighborhood.
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