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As public spaces with expansive surfaces, train stations are often targets for graffiti. In the case of Britomart, Graffiti Solutions was commissioned to provide a range of protective coatings that would counter this type of vandalism.

The challenge was to come up with unobtrusive coatings that would maintain the aesthetics of the various surfaces, says Graffiti Solutions director Steve Harris.

"We conducted numerous trials using different types of coatings and gloss levels to create a protection system for the mosaic tiles. The final result was applying ceramic primer followed by Guardian permanent clear coating to the specified areas."

To protect the stonework and preserve its clean, solid look, Remmers Graffiti Shield was applied.

Prior to the work commencing, the team from Graffiti Solutions also carried out risk analysis to identify the areas of the station most prone to tagging. This enabled the company to pinpoint exactly where the coatings were most needed so it could advise the architects accordingly.

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For details, contact Graffiti Solutions, PO Box 12-914, Penrose, Auckland, phone (09) 525 5722, fax (09) 525 5718. Email: graffiti@graffitisolutions.co.nz.

First published date: 03 September 2003

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