Removing Graffiti from a Utility Box

February 13, 2019


On a college campus, graffiti is nothing new.  For the past four years, I have parked in the same spot a few blocks away from my university and walked past the same vandalized utility box almost every day.  This utility box had clearly been vandalized several times, with layers upon layers of sun-baked spray paint and stickers.  Though I had never thought much about it, it suddenly sounded like a great opportunity to test BLUE BEAR 680HS and Biggee Pads.  

We came prepared with paint splattered clothing, paper towels, a pump up sprayer, and several Biggee pads. We sprayed BLUE BEAR 680HS onto the utility box, then waited five minutes before we began scrubbing to allow the remover to soften the graffiti.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I have never attempted to remove graffiti before, but the paint began to wipe away immediately in areas where there was only one layer of paint.  Other areas, where the paint was about half a millimeter thick, took several coatings of the graffiti remover and some scrubbing.


In between coats of spray, we washed away the paint with water so we could see what areas were left to remove.  The odor of the spray was near undetectable, and it was great not having to worry about getting the spray on our hands.  Once we washed the utility box one last time, we used BLUE BEAR 700DG to remove the slick residue from the graffiti remover.

In the end, we had a sparkling, like new utility box (at least on the front side).  It was wonderful using a product that I knew was biodegradable and noncaustic, and I was very impressed that it completely removed any trace of the graffiti.  We will have to see how long it takes before it gets vandalized again, but when that happens, 680HS will be there waiting.