The following report appeared in The State newspaper March 04, 2018.
For the second week in a row, vandals have struck churches with vulgar graffiti about the late Billy Graham. Sunday, it was discovered that the Upward Baptist Church in Henderson County, N.C. was the latest target of vandalism.
Church members at the congregation in Flat Rock arrived Sunday morning to find vulgar and offensive language spray-painted on the church building, according to multiple reports.”
Graffiti-based vandalism is on the rise in the United States, costing an estimated $112 billion in annual cleanup expenses. Although urban areas face the most issues, graffiti is found in all areas of the country.
When it gets down to chemistry and physics, graffiti is simply this; one coating applied to another coating. Because paints and inks are designed to stick to the underlying surface, graffiti becomes permanent once the paint dries.
It then becomes very difficult and costly to remove. Harsh chemicals and pressure washing is often used to remove graffiti but can damage the underlying paint. In addition, it is extremely labor-intensive.
NanoSlic NS 240 is a permanent anti-graffiti coating that offers a powerful combination of performance, cost-effectiveness and ease-of-use. When applied over paint or a base metal or plastic surface, NS 240 offers a surface that spray paint, markers and inks will simply not adhere to. It provides a long-term deterrent.
NS 240 uses a primary binder polymer that is ceramic, i.e largely composed of silica. As the coating cures, highly non-polar molecules align themselves in such a way to form the coating’s surface. Unlike other anti-graffiti coatings, the surface is both hydrophobic and oleophobic, similar to polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) and is completely resistant to all types of paints and inks. Any paint that does remain is easily washed away.
The resulting coating is highly resistant to all types of graffiti materials. In addition, NanoSlic anti-graffiti coatings are capable of maintaining properties under adverse conditions such as sunlight, humidity, chemicals, and abrasion. It can be viewed as an ultra-protective topcoat, offering a graffiti-proof surface. Clear gloss or matte versions enhance or maintain the underlying coating’s aesthetics.