Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site



Durability + Design (D+D)

D+D News

Main News Page

School Installs Graffiti-Resistant Steel Panels

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

More items for Coatings Technology

Comment | More

A middle school in Washington is the first in the U.S. to use a new graffiti-resistant coating on its campus, and school district officials consider it a low-cost investment for preventing future damage.

Issaquah Middle School features a brick facade with metal architectural wall panels, created by AEP Span, that runs along the exterior of the building. Unlike other schools, however, Issaquah’s metal panels were pre-treated with Duranar GR by Steelscape, which would help address any future issues with graffiti or other wall markings.

Duranar GR, a clear, graffiti-resistant coating created in collaboration by PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) and Steelscape LLC (Kalama, Washington), was developed to address a problem that costs U.S. building owners $25 million per year.

Doug Walker Photography

Issaquah Middle School features a brick facade with metal architectural wall panels, created by AEP Span, that runs along the exterior of the building.

“While graffiti is not a significant issue in our school district, the graffiti-resistant coating was selected as a low-cost protection system to reduce potential damage and maintenance costs,” explained Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for Issaquah School District, in a statement.

Scott Cooley, the vice president of sales at Steelscape, says that applying Duranar GR to metal wall panels makes for a unique combination of design versatility and graffiti control.

The graffiti-resistant coating acts as a clear barrier when put over a colored layer on metal paneling. If the panel is spray painted on or suffers another form of surface damage such as scuffing, the surface can be cleaned with PPG's Duraprep Prep 400 graffiti remover.

Once the remover has been on the surface for 10 to 60 seconds, a clean cloth or scrubbing with a nylon brush will remove the offending mark in 10 minutes or less, according to the company.


Tagged categories: Permanent antigraffiti coatings; PPG

Comment from Jesse Melton, (9/5/2017, 7:39 AM)

Why don't buildings come pre-graffitied? Most of them would benefit from it and it would give graffiti artists new focus; trying to cover up the OEM graffiti!

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (9/5/2017, 8:13 AM)

Too many of these schools are homages to Brutalism, but without the whimsy.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (9/5/2017, 11:45 AM)

Actually, Jesse and Tom, I agree...new schools need more than Brutalist architecture and monolithic color schemes. Unfortunately, a new generation of taggers and graffiti artists don't seem to have any respect for the ones who came before. We have a couple "open walls" and shops that had street artists do murals (both conventional and graffiti)...many of which have been tagged or graffiti'd right over top of. I even know several of Banksy's works have been hit too (though not local to me). Such a shame. - Michael

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

LATICRETE International, Inc.
SPARTACOTE Flex PURE Clinical Plus Coatings
Equipped with antimicrobial technology, fast-cure systems and high-traction features. Ideal for demanding environments. Customizable colors and textures.

PPG Paints
PURE PERFORMANCE® Interior Latex Paint
PPG PAINTS™ Pure Performance interior latex paint delivers a durable finish. Its zero-VOC,* low-odor formula makes it ideal for schools, hotels, hospitals, office buildings, retail spaces, home residences and more. *Colorants added to this base paint may increase VOC level significantly depending on color choice.

A&I Coatings
Vitreflon – the hallmark of colour stable protective coatings
Vitreflon two pack fluoropolymer coatings display unsurpassed colour and gloss retention making Vitreflon the coating of choice for high value infrastructure and architecture. Contact us today to find out how Vitreflon can outperform on your next project. Vitreflon distributorships available.

Atlas Material Testing Technology
Helping You Put Your Products To The Test
  • Outdoor Accelerated Weathering
  • Laboratory Testing Services
  • Accelerated Weathering Instruments

  • www.atlas-mts.com

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
• Coating failure analysis
• Independent testing
• Accelerated weathering testing
• Abrasives Testing
• Oil & Gas Material Qualification
• A2LA Accredited
Contact: Rob Leggat at
412-788-1300 x180

Pratt & Lambert Paints
Trusted Performance with Proven Results
Pratt & Lambert’s finest, Accolade® Premium Paint & Primer, applies flawlessly with superb hide and long-lasting durability for great results, every time.

RCI, Inc.
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
November 13-14, 2017 | Orlando, Florida | Learn valuable design and repair insights from 20 leading design experts. RCI, Inc. is an AIA LU provider. Learn more.


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker


© Copyright 2012-2017, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved