How To Remove Graffiti From a Wood Fence

how-to-remove-graffiti-from-a-wood-fenceIn a previous post we discussed graffiti removal on vinyl fences. Now we’re going to talk about how to remove graffiti from a wood fence.

Removing graffiti is harder if you have a wood fence, but don’t despair. It’s not an impossible task.

You’ll need the following items:

  • Paint thinner
  • A soft rag
  • A pressure washer
  • A hand scraper
  • Sand paper
  • An oil based stain

Avoid dubious graffiti removal products, like graffiti wipes and magic erasers. While they might be effective on other surfaces, wooden fences in general, and cedar fences in particular, need some special TLC.

Act quickly for the best results. You do not want to give the graffiti time to soak into the wood.

You might, however, want to pause just long enough to take a few pictures for the police, especially if graffiti is a persistent problem in your neighborhood.

Start by rubbing paint thinner over the affected area. If the graffiti isn’t responding to the paint thinner you’ll need to use your hand scraper to gently pull the graffiti from your fence.

Next, you will pressure wash your fence, just as if it were covered with more natural dirt and debris. Be sure to use the safety tips that we outlined in our post, “How to Pressure Wash a Fence.”

Once you’ve washed the fence you’ll likely need to smooth it back down with a bit of sand paper.

Now, you’ll need to reapply the stain just as if you were staining the fence for the first time. Remember to use an oil based stain for best results.

If you didn’t stain your fence in the first place then it might be less time-consuming and frustrating to simply paint over the graffiti. Keep that in mind when you evaluate the damage that’s been done.

The City of Milwaukee has actually put out a guide called “How to Wipe Out Graffiti.” This guide may have more useful information for you, especially if vandals attacked other portions of your home.

A-1 Fence has been installing and repairing fences in Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Waukesha and the rest of the Milwaukee metro area for over 35 years. We offer free estimates, so give us a call!

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