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Anti-graffiti coating

From: Alfred VanDeGeer <a.vandegeer>
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Susan L. Maltby <susan.maltby [at] utoronto__ca> writes

>I looking for an anti-graffiti coating for a steel sculpture in an
>indoor setting.  All of the usual criteria apply (e.g., totally
>reversible, easy to repair if damaged, low VOC, etc.). ...

We continue to enjoy the frequent creativity of Reading's youth on
the walls of our new museum. These walls are clad with lovely cedar
panelling, which form an obviously irresistible canvas. We've been
advised to use a sacrificial coating consisting of a solvent carried
wax (micro crystalline). This could well be worth a test on the
steel sculpture. Spray paint tends to dry very quickly and the wax
prevents it from attaching to the steel surface. Once dried, the
paint should come of easily and a new coat of wax applied, ready for
the next artist. The companies we've contacted are Tensid UK Ltd and
Green Concept, though their product ranges are specific for porous
materials.

Fred van de Geer
Conservator
Museum of English Rural Life
University of Reading


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