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Graffiti removal with Monopole’s Citrus Clean Super

Graffiti has become a major scourge ruining art work and defacing property, to combat this, the field of anti-graffiti coatings has come into it’s own.

The best products I have found in this arena are the Monopole products, and the best of their line up is the Permashield Premium. Which is a product that I carry and support.

That being said, there is a special cleaner that is used with this product that will make the job of graffiti removal easy and simple. We have put together a short video of the steps to using the Citrus Clean Super #9800.

The video pretty much spells it all out, If you have questions on the product you are welcome to call me If you would like to order the product you can do so from my web site at http://www.annexpaint.com. IF you would like a copy of the technical data sheet you are welcome to email me and I’ll send you a copy.

Greg Saunders
Annex Paint

March 27, 2014 Posted by | Anti Graffiti coatings, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More on the subject of Anti Graffiti coatings


Having begun this trail of research I have acquired a little more information on the subject of anti Graffiti coatings, This time from the source it’s self,  the technical consultant of  the Monopole Coatings  following is a brief synopsis of the different categories of graffiti coatings. IF you are interested in purchasing any of these products you can contact me, Greg Saunders either at 818-439-9297 or through email at greg@annexpaint.com you can also purchase any of these product  from our on line store at: www.annexpaint.com

In the coatings industry there are three categories/levels of graffiti coatings: Sacrificial, Non Sacrificial, and Permanent. These types of coatings are ideal for bare or painted:

 Concrete, masonry, wood, stucco, aluminum, metal, EIFS, murals, signs and many other surfaces.

 Monopole Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty coatings, offers the most environmentally friendly versions of each system while boasting a “Super Compliant” classification by the stringent AQMD: 

  1. Sacrificial:
    1. Permashield Sacrificial Lasts for 1 graffiti removal.
  2. Non-Sacrificial:
    1. Permashield Non Sacrificial Lasts for 3-5 graffiti removals.
  3. Permanent:
    1. Permashield Premium 10-Year warranty for unlimited graffiti removals. 

Each of the above systems is tailored to address the needs of different customers. If someone doesn’t expect to get graffiti-tagged more than once a year a sacrificial type coating is ideal. This inexpensive easy to maintain type of system is generally a wax base. Each time you are tagged, the stain cures inside the coating. Then you remove/sacrifice the coating (with the embedded graffiti) by either using a warm pressure washer (130-190º F) or a solution like Monopole’s Citrus Clean.  Once removed, the area of the wall is once again bare and needs to be recoated with a graffiti resistant product. Some benefits of Monopoles’ Permashield Sacrificial  are: 

  • 0 VOC and USDA approved for food contact
  • Water Based
  • Very Low Odor
  • Clear
  • Matte
  • Acts as a water repellent
  • Easy to apply and maintain using Citrus Clean or a warm pressure washer (130-190º F)
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance    
  • Caltrans approval for use number: 08-08-018
  • Qualifies for Earning LEED credits for Environmental Quality
  • Conforms to the environmental regulations for all 50 states and the cities within 

The next step up in graffiti protection is a non-sacrificial product like Monopoles’ Permashield Non-Sacrificial.  This type of coating is generally a modified acrylic that is good for 3-5 graffiti removals. If a person experiences graffiti on a quarterly basis, or would like a cost efficient system for multiple tagging removals this is ideal. To remove graffiti just spray the surface with a solution cleaner like Monopoles’ Citrus Clean  and scrub away the graffiti like you would brush your teeth. Once the 3-5 removals have taken place, just reapply and you are back to full strength. Some added benefits of Monopoles’s Permashield Non Sacrificial are: 

  • Resists graffiti for 3-5 removal cycles
  • Low VOC <30 g/l
  • Water based
  • VeryLow Odor
  • Clear
  • Gloss or Low Gloss
  • Easy to apply and maintain
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance
  • Caltrans approval for use number: 08-08-019
  • Qualifies for Earning LEED credits for Environmental Quality
  • Conforms to the environmental regulations for all 50 states and the cities within 

The highest level of protection in the war against graffiti is a permanent graffiti system like Monopoles’ Permashield Premium System.  This system boasts an industry leading 10-year graffiti removal warranty while having the lowest possible toxicity of 0 VOC (also USDA approved for food contact). For theses reasons this system has been awarded the prestigious exclusive/non competition specification as the “only non-sacrificial (permanent falls under this category) anti-graffiti system that can be applied to all (968) of the LAUSD schools.” (http://www.monopoleinc.com/html/bulletin.pdf). The benefits of this system are: 

  • 10-year graffiti removal warranty
  • 0 VOC and USDA approved for food contact 
  • Highest level of chemical resistance
  • Water based
  • Very Low Odor
  • Clear or Pigmented
  • Matte (< 5º sheen) or Gloss ( 90º)
  • Excellent UV and chemical resistance
  • LAUSD exclusive specification as the only non-sacrificial type system that can be used on all 968 schools. (http://www.monopoleinc.com/html/news.html)
  • Caltrans approval for use number: 08-09-017
  • Qualifies for Earning LEED credits for Environmental Quality
  • Conforms to the environmental regulations for all 50 states and the cities within 
Hollenbeck Police Station- Permashield Premium

Hollenbeck Police Station Permashield Premium Application”


Through understanding the different levels of graffiti protection, we can all be ahead of the curve in the battle against undeterred taggers. No building is safe in today’s’ world which is evident by even the Hollenbeck Police Station (left) choosing to apply the Permashield Premium System.  

We can send a clear message to “graffiti artists” when they return to the tagging sights and see their work/defacement completely removed: “Don’t waste your time tagging/abusing our neighborhood.” It will take some time and effort, but together we can take control of this epidemic.



If you would like a site consultation for your project you can contact me  dirrectly at 818-439-9297  or throught Email: greg@annexpaint.com

Greg Saunders
Annex paint

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Anti Graffiti coatings | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anti Graffiti paint

“Permashield premium,” by Monopole, a locally manufactured, zero VOC, Water based, FDA approved, anti graffiti is the best that I have found available on the market to day.  And that’s amazing as I usually find that the good stuff is always manufactured some where else, like Europe and hard to get.

 I have been experimenting with the different Monopole products now for about a year and have subjected them to some rigorous testing. The Perma Shield premium is the top of the line coating Anti graffiti coating that has been approved as the only produt to use by several different orginizations.

There are two types of anti Graffiti coatings; one is referred to as sacrificial meaning it comes off easily and so when you have been tagged you easily wash off the tag job and a layer of paint which is designed to come off easily. As you might imagine you have to then re-coat the wall with the sacrificial paint. The paint is inexpensive but your labor may not be.

  The other type of anti Graffiti coating is so hard that the spray paint doesn’t stick. And that’s a hard finish! When our 15 year old, intellectually challenged Einstein has nothing better to do than express himself on the side of your building. You simply wash it off.

 So the next question become how long does it last?

 On a wall that was properly prepped primed and coated I have seen the Perma Shield last for 200 scrubbings. I have seen other brands begin to break down in less than 5 scrubbings, despite there PR and advertising. (Names with held to hide the guilty, and spare me from law suits)

 This is also the only product that the LA school district has approved for its walls

 This product is FDA approve for use in food coating area as well.

 I’m going to be running a new category on Anti Graffiti coatings and would like to have commentary from customers and users alike on this matter.

 As you might imagine I sell this product and would be happy to come out and see your application and or help you with your needs.

 I would like to have some more testimonials with pictures of people using this product and or any other product that works well as an anti Graffiti coating.

As and independent paint and coatings sales Rep I have to know what it is that I’m selling to people and businesses Shameful to say I have had a lot of salesmen miss inform me about there products so long ago I began doing my own testing to see what really worked and what didn’t. Coatings, any coating whether on industrial steel or on fin furniture do two things, they protect what ever it is they are covering and they add an aesthetic. Lacquers are primarily aesthetic.  Anti Graffiti coatings are for protection.


Greg Saunders
Annex Paint

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Anti Graffiti coatings, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment