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Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover | Highly Effective All Purpose Tag Removal | Biodegradable

Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Remover (BBSM) is a highly effective professional grade remover.  Economical and biodegradable, works well for all types of spray can paints, oil/ latex/ water based paint over spray, paint spill stains, grease, grime, smoke, and oil stains, as well as other marks on porous brick, stone and concrete surfaces including cinder block, split face block, and exposed aggregate.

BBSM is also effective in other removal projects including oil stains on concrete driveways, smoke damage from brick or stonework, chewing gum and even graffiti from trees.  Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Remover works in all kind of weather conditions, up to 100°F / 38°C and as low as 20°F / -6° C.   Expect considerably slower reaction times in weather below 40° F / 5°C.

Comes in 32 oz, 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers in both single and case quantities.

Note:  Bare Brick is not recommended for removing lead or rolled on oil (linseed or alkyd) based paints

Where is Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover typically used?

  • Walls
  • Driveways
  • Fences
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Transit Stations
  • Highway Overpasses
  • Train bridges
  • Concrete Driveways

Why Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Graffiti Graffiti Remover?

  • Highly effective biodegradable professional grade graffiti remover
  • Great for porous concrete, brick, stone, wood as well as removing graffiti from tough split faced block, cinder block and exposed aggregate surfaces
  • Safe and effective for use on all types of natural stone (such as limestone, granite, and marble), stainless steel, trees, plastics, and playground equipment
  • Requires minimal rinsing and any resultant run-off is a readily biodegradable gray water soap that can be left to biodegrade, recycled or further diluted for use in gardens, etc.
  • No shadows, damage or harsh scrubbing required
  • Pleasant smelling and nontoxic.
  • Removes graffiti on painted surfaces as well as natural building surfaces after first wetting surface with water.

TECHNICAL DATA

COVERAGE GUIDELINES
Varies dependent upon the porosity of the surface, material and the type of paint being removed.

1 gallon of Bare Brick, Stone, Masonry Graffiti Remover will remove approx.

  • 200 sq ft of typical graffiti on concrete, brick, block or masonry surfaces.
  • 80 sq ft on sandstone, limestone and other soft absorbent surfaces (per 3 flood coat application).
  • up to 1,000 sq ft per gallon on painted/coated surfaces.

Composition
Bare Brick, Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover is a premium aromatic liquid blended from natural alcohols, citrus oils and water soluble surfactants. BBSM is designed to
penetrate and fully dissolve graffiti and other marks, then rinse away easily from these surfaces.

Properties
Color: Orange Brown liquid.
Odor: Citrus solvent odor.
PH: ~ 12-14
Storage: Store in a cold dry place away from heat orflames.
Shelf Life: Approximately 2 years but up to 5 years in unopened container.
Precaution: Flammable.
DOT Markings:

UN2924, Flammable liquid

corrosive n.o.s., (Ethyl Alcohol, Potassium Hydroxide), 3, (8), PG III

Product Use Instructions 

BBSM is applied to the surface with a  nylon brushbroom or pump-up sprayer, 3 times at 3 minute intervals, liberally flooding the graffiti with the product. For typical graffiti, approximately three minutes after the final application, pressure washer (hot water is best).

If one is not available then a stiff, nylon brush and bucket of water may suffice.  Agitation, as you apply this product, can be of great assistance.

Continued experience with the product will enable the user to judge how many applications are necessary for varying surfaces and particular spray cans. On older/thicker graffiti, patience is the key. Keep the graffiti wet with the product, as long as possible before rinsing.

Remember, a pressure washer in this instance is used as a quick release rinse of the dissolved graffiti, and not the primary means of cleaning.

Ideally use 1500 – 2000 psi with a 15º or 25º fan jet at about 6 inches from the surface. When rinsing dissolved graffiti with a pressure washer try to remove a LITTLE of the graffiti from the bottom of the tag without wetting the whole area. If satisfied, then proceed to full scale.

Wash the whole area from top to bottom.

Remember if the remover has not done its job then no amount of ‘blasting’ will fix the problem. Failures are usually a result of not flood coating adequately and not leaving product on long enough and cannot be resolved by blasting too close or at higher pressures. Do not use ‘turbo’ type nozzles, or blast too close, as you may cause damage and will possibly only remove a small percentage more.

CAUTION
Before commencing any large scale use, always test first in an inconspicuous area. This product is designed to remove all types of markers and stains, and may have an unpredictable or even damaging result on certain man-made or stained surfaces. If necessary wait for surface to dry to ensure perfect results.

TEMPERATURE CONDITIONS

Hot weather removals: Where possible avoid large scale removals in direct sunlight on very hot days. Wet surface down first and apply BBSM per the above instructions to
damp (not dripping wet) wall. This speeds up the removal process considerably.

Cold weather removals: Allow for longer dwell times in cold weather. Expect considerably slower reaction times in weather below 40° F / 5°C. Dwell times need to be 2 times longer to yield the same results, and it’s often helpful to leave product on much longer than that. It helps to keep the product indoors and even inside the car so that the products are at room temperature when you apply them. Use a hot water pressure washer / steam cleaner if possible. Sometimes it helps to use it to first heat up a section of graffiti before removing it During the winter months we will sometimes apply BBSM remover several times and then leave TRANSGEL on over that which helps it stay wetter for longer and eats through all the thicker bits of graffiti as well as penetrating and dissolving from behind. As a rule: larger graffiti removal projects are best left for warmer weather rather than cold / freezing conditions.

TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF BARE BRICK STONE & MASONRY REMOVER 

Tip 1 Some spray cans such as reds can stain surfaces. Other spray cans change colors once Bare Brick Stone & Masonry Remover has been applied. For complete and total removal of these stains use our FELTPEN FADEOUT after or while BBSM is still on the stain.

TIP 2 If you are fixing someone else’s former failure and may be having problems, then BBSM can be left overnight on the wall (if safe to do) ensuring maximum dwell time.
Return in the morning and the problem will usually be solved with another application and a wash-off.

TIP 3 As a general rule, avoid trying to remove spray can graffiti from porous unpainted surfaces, whilst the walls are facing the hot summer sun. Wherever possible,
try to work in the shade or during a cooler time of day. On days when there is a likelihood of the graffiti remover drying out within minutes or less, the wall can be
thoroughly wet with water first and towel patted dry BEFORE applying BBSM).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE: REMOVING GRAFFITI FROM PAINTED SURFACES
Some larger tags on pre-painted acrylic walls, can be removed without damage using BBSM and the technique described below. Of course the best alternative is to color
match and repaint, but if this is not an option, proceed as follows;

1. Thoroughly wet down wall with pressure washer.
2. Using a soft nylon broom and a rectangular bucket containing BBSM, apply and agitate about 10 square feet of the graffiti until approximately half disappears (the
graffiti is dissolving and running).
3. Using low pressure, quickly rinse the treated area, and thoroughly wet down ahead to repeat the same on the next section. Approximately 95% of the spray can graffiti
should be gone. If you find that it is affecting the underlying paint, you will have to shorten your initial application time. The reason you stop at approximately half dissolved is because the rinsing tends to remove another 50% more than you have.

4. Carefully spot clean any uncleaned areas using

SENSITIVE SURFACE REMOVER.
If the dissolved graffiti has stained the wall, a dilute application of FELTPEN FADEOUT will return it to its former glory. With this technique never use hot water! (It
will blister the underlying paint).

REMOVING GRAFFITI FROM WOODEN FENCES
If color matching and painting is not a preferable option, BBSM may be used to clean a wooden fence. Always test first in an inconspicuous area to ensure there is no
discoloration. Use BBSM per instructions for brick, stone and masonry surfaces above. You will most likely leave a clean patch when rinsing with a pressure washer requiring you to rinse an entire section of fence. If BBSM appears to darken the surface on your test patch, TRANSGEL may be a better option.

REMOVING GRAFFITI FROM TREES
Brush on BBSM and agitate with the brush as you apply. Depending on the type of graffiti, you may need more than one coat and a little dwell time between coats to ensure
the spray can is fully dissolved before rinsing.  Once the graffiti has dissolved, use a pressure washer to rinse, taking care not to blast too close to the tree so as not to remove any bark or etch the surface. Using a yellow 15° tip, or green 20° tip, stand back as much as possible and keep the wand moving along the tree to avoid damage, as seen in the photos below; Alternatively, a stiff bristled nylon scrub brush and a bucket of water can be used to rinse the tree’s surface whilst adding more applications. When satisfied that all oil
is dissolved, then use high pressure water to rinse away the stain (hot water is best).

REMOVING CHEWING GUM RESIDUAL (‘GUM GHOSTS’)
Some stains are often left after removing gum with hot, high pressure water or steam. Brush BBSM onto the residue and high pressure hot wash.

REMOVING SMOKE DAMAGE FROM BRICK OR STONEWORK
BBSM can be highly effective in the removal of burnt in or resistant smoke damage. Use as instructed for brick, stone & masonry applications.

SAFETY ISSUES

BARE BRICK STONE & MASONRY REMOVER is very safe to use in comparison to most graffiti removal products. However, the intended use is for stripping paint, waxes and oils from building surfaces and is thus naturally much more aggressive on skin and eyes than normal every day cleaners. If the intended user is not familiar or confident in
implementing the safety precautions below, we urge that they do not use the products.

1. Always wear solvent alkali protective gloves, goggles and long sleeve clothing.
2. Be sunsmart. Wear a wide brimmed hat; after all, you are outside.
3. Always know where water is available in case of a splash.
4. Carry a spare set of clothing. Do not leave contaminated clothing on.
5. Use in well-ventilated areas.

LIMITATIONS
• BBSM can occasionally mark aluminum or galvanized steel surfaces.
• Use synthetic brushes and plastic buckets. BBSM can damage natural fibers like hair or wool.
• Do not spray BBSM unless determined safe to do so.

• Do not dilute BBSM (use as supplied).

CAUTION
Before commencing any large scale use, always test first in an inconspicuous area. This product is designed to remove all types of markers and stains, and may have an
unpredictable or even damaging result on certain manmade or stained surfaces. If necessary, wait for surface to dry to ensure perfect results.

ENVIRONMENTAL CARE
BBSM is biodegradable and conforms to all statutory environmental requirements for graffiti removal including VOC limits. Designed to be fast, effective and non damaging requiring very little rinsing water. If necessary, water can be collected using a wet vac and disposed of safely.  We believe nothing other than rainwater should enter our
precious storm water systems.

NOTICE TO BUYER: DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATIONS ON OUR LIABILITY:
We warrant that our products are manufactured to strict quality assurance specifications and that the information supplied by us is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Such information supplied about our products is not a representation or a warranty. It is supplied on the condition that you shall make your own tests to determine the suitability of our product for your particular purpose. Any use or application other than recommenced herein is the sole responsibility of the user. Listed physical properties are typical and should not be construed as specifications. NO WARRANTY IS MADE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, REGARDING SUCH OTHER INFORMATION, THE DATA ON WHICH IT IS BASED, OR THE RESULTS YOU WILL OBTAIN FROM ITS USE. N0 WARRANTY IS MADE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, THAT OUR PRODUCT SHALL BE MERCHANTABLE OR THAT OUR PRODUCT SHALL BE FIT FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. NO WARRANTY IS MADE THAT THE USE OF SUCH INFORMATION OR OUR PRODUCT WILL NOT INFRINGE UPON ANY PATENT. We shall have no liability for incidental or consequential damages, direct or indirect. Our liability is limited to the net selling price of our product or the replacement of our product, at our option. Acceptance of delivery of our product means that you have accepted the terms of this warranty whether or not purchase orders or other documents state terms that vary from this warranty. No representative is authorized to make any representation or warranty or assume any other liability on our behalf with any sale of our products. Our products contain chemicals that may CAUSE SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY. BEFORE USING, READ THE MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET AND FOLLOW ALL PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT BODILY HARM.

Cold Weather makes everything work slower including Graffiti Removal.  Here are some tips for working in the cold.  

When winter temperatures sink into the 30°’s and 40°’s, graffiti tags take much longer to dissolve. Dwell times (how long you leave the graffiti remover on the tag) need to be 2-3 times longer to achieve the same results, and it’s often helpful to leave the graffiti removal product on much longer than that. It also helps to keep your graffiti removal product indoors prior to use or in your heated vehicle before applying, so they are at or close to room temperature when you’re ready to use them.

As always, quickest removal is using a hot water pressure washer or steam cleaner.  Sometimes you spray a wall down first in order to heat up a section of graffiti before removing it. If you don’t have a hot water power washer, you can fill up a bucket with hot water, leaving your graffiti remover in it so that it warms up before use.  Graffiti Remover is always more effective when it is not cold.

During the winter months you may want to apply Bare Brick Stone & Masonry Graffiti Remover several times and then leave Transgel on over that for hours or overnight. This will keep it wet for much longer and while it’s wet it’s working. Transgel eats through all the thicker bits of graffiti crinkling it up, while Bare Brick penetrates and dissolves it from behind. Of course, pressure washing in freezing conditions is a tricky exercise and we recommend reserving larger projects for the spring if that is an option.

For signs, trucks, trailers, and other Sensitive Surfaces, you may need to leave Sensitive Surface Graffiti Remover on for several minutes before coming back to agitate and wipe away. Sometimes lightly abrading the surface with a soft scourer between coats will help the remover penetrate and begin dissolving it faster.

Good luck and Stay Warm this winter!

Winter Graffiti Tags and Removal

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