Removing Graffiti from a Utility Box

October 2, 2017 | Posted by Lexie


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 Hard Surface Graffiti Remover and Biggee Pads.  

We came prepared with paint splattered clothing, paper towels, a pump up sprayer, and several Biggee pads. We sprayed BLUE BEAR Hard Surface Graffiti Remover 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 Degreaser 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, BLUE BEAR Hard Surface Graffiti Removal will be there waiting.  

Click here to view our BLUE BEAR Hard Surface Graffiti Remover, and here to see our Biggee Scrub pads


Lexie is the newest addition to the family and joined us to work as the Social Media Marketer and Graphic Designer here at Franmar.  When not at work, Lexie teaches photography at the local university, works as a fine art artist and enjoys playing with her cat.