urine repellent paint applied on wall

Protect your property and walls with urine repellent paint

Although Australia may not have any federal legislation outlawing public urination, it is an offence in Queensland, ACT, and South Australia, and if you try it in NSW, Tasmania or South Australia you coulg get charged with offensive behaviour. In WA you will get slapped with an on-the-spot fine. A stroll through any city on a Sunday morning will show that public urination is a) still a problem and b) gross. Nasty smells and stains linger on our streets, especially in nightlife hotspots where the problem can be on residents’ very doorsteps. Not only that, but governments are forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in clean up costs. Fortunately, there is a solution: Urine repellent paint that will teach the sneaky leakers a lesson.

Cities from Hamburg to San Francisco have adopted anti urine technology to combat the problem. And now Australian cities are picking up on the trend; Gold Coast City Council is considering anti pee paint as a solution that might encourage their party animal public offenders to ‘do the right thing’. Anti pee paint not only protects the wall it coats, but it also splashes urine right back at its source. It’s pee back time!

If your property, business, or service is being damaged as a result of public urination, this article outlines how you can use urine repellent paint to protect your substrate and deter those thinking to ‘spend a penny’.

Peeback walls powered by nanotechnology

urine repellent paint demonstration with water

Pee back coating literally pees back by repelling urine and directing it back towards the source.

The strength of anti urine paint is that it protects a substrate on the nanoscopic scale. These coatings (known as nano coatings) do not just form a layer over a substrate, but rather the individual particles actually form bonds with it. This creates a layer that clings firmly to the substrate on the one side, and provides a specific protective function on its surface. In the case of peeback paint, this function is hydrophobicity or oleophobicity.

A hydrophobic substance “fears water”, and an oleophobic substance “fears oil”. Essentially what this means is that it repels water and oil. Urine repellent paint is actually superhydrophobic, it has the strongest degree of repulsion possible in a coating. Its surface is covered in pointy nanoscopic geography which only allows liquid to touch a tiny percentage of it, ultimately repelling the liquid. Anyone trying have a sneaky leak against a surface treated with urine repellent paint will find themselves quickly regretting it when their shoes and trousers get covered in urine.

Apply anti pee paint to benefit any surface

One of the great advantages of urine repellent paint is its versatility; almost any substrate can be coated with anti pee paint including steel, brick, concrete, metals, masonry, plastic, wood, fabric, and more. Factors which may affect your choice of urine repellent paint:

  • Surface preparation is paramount: The substrate must be cleaned of all oil, grease, dust, dirt, and other foreign material for the coating to adhere properly. It can also be applied to smooth surfaces, though preparing the substrate by sanding it with 320-800 grit sandpaper will improve adhesion.
  • It can only withstand moderate abrasion: Because the superhydrophobic properties of urine repellent paint are based on the surface structure of the coating, abrasion can cause a reduction in performance.
  • Longevity: Anti urine coating needs to be reapplied on a yearly basis, especially if it is in direct sunlight. UV radiation will cause it to deteriorate faster. However, if you buy a system with a bottom and top coat, you need only re-apply the top coat.
  • Be aware that they do not dry clear: They will dry to a translucent white, like a slight milky haze.

As well as being superhydrophobic, urine repellent coating will provide other benefits for your substrate, including corrosion prevention, improving the functionality and lifespan of a substrate, and making it self-cleaning. It can even be used for anti graffiti protection.

Anti urine paint projects from around the world

Urine repellent paint came to the attention of the world when Hamburg, Germany, announced it was coating the streets of its famous St Pauli red light district in order to combat public urination. The district put up signs on some of the coated walls saying “we pee back”. A railway station in Cologne followed suit, coating a particular trouble area in the car park. In San Francisco, where public urination is a problem so bad it degrades and fells lampposts, the Department of Public Works coated walls all across the city in Ultra Ever Dry. In Philadelphia, the transit authority coated subway lifts, and here in Australia, Gold Coast Council may be the next one to try out urine repellent paint. In short, this is a product that can protect residents’ doorways, but also stairways, walls, carparks, and any other substrate that suffers from this noxious problem.

Where to buy anti pee paint in Australia

Superhydrophobic anti pee paint is new to the Australian market, and availability is therefore still limited. The application process requires equipment and skills, and it is recommended that only trained contractors apply anti urine coating. For more information about purchasing anti pee paint for your business, or to be connected with one of our coating partners to complete your project, contact us! Our experts are here to help, just use our free quote service by clicking the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of this article.


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