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Vanish Graffiti & Paint Remover | Professional Grade Tag Removal | Biodegradable

VANISH Graffiti & Paint Remover is a highly effective, professional grade economical and BIODEGRADABLE remover for bare brick, stone and masonry applications. VANISH will quickly remove all types of paints from porous stone and concrete surfaces including cinderblock, split face block and exposed aggregate. Safe and effective to use on all types of natural stone (such as limestone, granite, and marble) as well as stainless steel, trees, plastics and playground equipment.

Uses for Vanish Graffiti & Paint Remover include removal of thicker acrylic paints, paint spills and larger tags sprayed with fire extinguisher or super soaker. Also recommended for the removal of unwanted, old, or vandalized murals.

Alternative uses include removal of adhesive from carpet and tile floors and the removal of sealants and graffiti coatings which have deteriorated with age.

Vanish Graffiti & Paint 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 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers in both single and case quantities.

Note:  Vanish Graffiti Remover is not recommended for removing lead or oil (linseed or alkyd) based paints

Where is Vanish Graffiti & Paint Remover typically used?

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

Why Vanish Graffiti & Paint Remover?

  • Highly effective biodegradable professional grade graffiti remover
  • Stays wetter longer ensuring maximum dwell time, making it ideal for hot weather removals.
  • 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
  • Virtually odorless and non toxic.
  • Easily rinsed with a small pressure washer requiring very little rinsing water. (Any resultant run off is a readily biodegradable gray water soap which can be left to biodegrade, recycled or further diluted for use in gardens etc.)
  • No shadows, no damage, no harsh scrubbing required.
  • Safe and effective for removals on asphalt roads


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

1 gallon of Vanish Graffiti & Paint Remover will remove approx.

  • 200 sq ft (per three coats on typical graffiti) for concrete
  • 80 – 100sq ft on sandstone, limestone or other soft absorbent surfaces or on thicker paints where additional coats are required.

VANISH is a premium removal product made from natural alcohols, and surfactants designed to penetrate the surface, fully dissolve graffiti and other marks by staying wetter longer, as well as rinse away easily

Color: Clear to yellowish liquid.
Odor: Gentle alcohol odor.
PH: ~ 11 Storage: Store in a cold dry place away from heat or flames.
Shelf Life: Approximately 2 years but up to 5 years in unopened container.
Precautions: Harmful if swallowed or if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Use protective clothing, eye protection and gloves.

Product Use Instructions 

Apply several coats of VANISH by brush, broom or spray onto the graffiti and allow several minutes dwell time between coats at least, but the longer you can leave it on the graffiti as a wet mess, then the better results and easier it will be to rinse away (just like soaking a burnt saucepan overnight).  Agitate with a soft nylon brush between coats and rinse with a pressure washer, or scrubbing brush and water. The main thing is patience.

Paint removal can be tedious if you try to rush things. After all, you only want to do this job once, if possible.  Ideally use 1500 – 2000 psi with a 15 or 25 degree fan jet at about 6 inches from the surface. Do not blast or use ‘turbo’ type nozzles which risk doing damage. 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.

For removing carpet and tile glue Apply VANISH and leave on as long as needed. Scrape up as much dissolved glue as possible before pressure washing with hot water

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.


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


TIP 1. Some spray cans such as reds, can stain building surfaces. Other spray cans change colors once VANISH has been applied. For complete and total removal of these
stains use our FELTPEN FADEOUT after, or while VANISH is still on the stain.

TIP 2. If you are fixing someone else’s former failure and may be having problems, then VANISH 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 pressure wash off


VANISH is safe to use in comparison with many other removal products and does not give off any fumes. VANISH is non-flammable and does not require any special storage.
VANISH can irritate the skin and eyes and its intended use as a paint remover makes it more aggressive on skin and eyes than normal every day cleaners.Please review

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.

• VANISH can occasionally mark aluminum or galvanized steel surfaces.
• Do not dilute VANISH (use as supplied).

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.

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.

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