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Recently some graffiti appeared on the side of my house. I knew I should have done something right away but I didn't, and now there is more. Here is a picture:

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I read this article. I think I just want to paint over it. Someone told me to use dry lock. Is this the best thing to use for this, or might there be an easier way?

EDIT: I finally painted over it with stucco paint. Here it is now:

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Its hard to tell... is that raw concrete? Painted concrete? –  James Van Huis Nov 23 '10 at 15:45
    
Could you please use this trick meta.diy.stackexchange.com/q/369/807 to reduce the newer image size? Nice patch btw - the color is matched very well. –  sharptooth Jan 17 '12 at 8:57
    
Image resized. Thanks. –  BigJoe714 Jan 17 '12 at 15:22
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It is never nice to see that someone has chosen to vandalize your property. I see main options here.

  • Leave it alone. (Already ruled out, since you wish to deal with it.)
  • Remove the paint.
  • Paint over it.

If you do choose to remove the paint, a paint stripper is a good start. I like the citrus based ones, as they seem less toxic than the old solvent based strippers. Brush the stripper on, let it stand for the indicated time, then wash off, probably with a good stiff brush as an aid. An issue here is you will essentially end up cleaning the surface where you just worked, so this action will tend to leave a negative of painted region. The wall will be lighter in those spots, because it is cleaner. So you will then want to wash down the entire wall. A pressure washer will help, and you can get mild cleaners to help in this part.

The final choice on my list is to paint over it. A good exterior paint will cover the graffiti well enough. (Of course, a downside to paint is that once you paint that wall once, you will be forced to paint it again in the future when the paint gets old.)

An alternative to a blank white wall here is to do it as a mural if you have an artistic bent. (My wife surprised me one day with her artistic talent, when I came home to find she had painted the block wall on our house with a field of cat tail reeds under a bright yellow sun.) How about a nice field of sunflowers against a blue sky? Or, perhaps you might paint the wall to look like a brick wall, but add several fake stained glass windows on this facade?

If you do decide to paint the wall, you might still want to wash it down first to remove any crud that will prevent good paint adhesion. Give it a couple of days to dry before applying paint, especially if it is oil based paint.

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+1 for the painting of a mural. A plain wall will attract graffiti where a wall that has some art might not. –  ChrisF Nov 23 '10 at 16:42
    
+1 Sunflowers are great - fit to just any wall. –  sharptooth Nov 25 '10 at 7:25
    
Heads up that some communities consider murals graffiti as well. Check first. –  DA01 Nov 26 '10 at 20:52
    
Have you heard of Dazzle camouflage, they used it on boats in WW I or II. It wasn't about making it hard to see the boat, but hard to tell what direction and distance and speed it was going. Seems like you could come up with some art that it would be hard to see the graffiti on... Unfortunately, I'm sure some would consider it an eyesore. :-( –  Sean Reifschneider Dec 6 '10 at 7:57
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Fixing wooden fence panels to the wall may be a good option, as it will cover over the Graffiti and also make the surface not as appealing for the next teenager that comes along.

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