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School Installs Graffiti-Resistant Steel Panels

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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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.

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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

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