Non-drying anti climb paint for vandalism prevention
Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians a victims of unlawful entry crimes, and the vast majority of these crimes is experienced in residential locations. If you are concerned for the safety of your property, or are tired of vandals accessing your property with ease, you need a vandal deterrent like anti climb paint. Anti climb paint is a “non-drying” coating system which forms a thick and oily surface layer over whatever it is painted on. This greasy and slippery surface makes it difficult for intruders to gain foothold on the surface. To look at, anti climb paint resembles a layer of smooth glossy paint; it is only when touched that you can tell all is not as it seems.
In this article we describe the benefits and application of anti vandal paint, and where you can find products in Australia.
Protect your property with anti vandal paint
The benefits of an anti vandal paint may seem self explanatory, but it does more than just make a wall slippery. You can use it to protect your home, or it also works for commercial buildings, schools, depots, factories, churches, and more:
- It can be applied to walls, downpipes, poles, roof tiles, brick, concrete… anything an intruder might think to climb
- If the intruder keeps on trying, anti climb paint will stick to their hands, clothes, anything that touches it – and conveniently leave fingerprints
- It is unaffected by either the heat or the cold, as well as being water repellent
- It doubles up as a grafitti proof coating, as graffiti can simply be rubbed into the non drying paint
Anti climb paint application process
Anti climb paint is easy to apply, but you need to be very careful about getting it on any surface you do not want to make permanently slippery. To avoid splashes it is best to apply the coating with a brush or with a renderer’s mitt, rubbing the coating into place – thick layers are best. You will probably need to throw away the brush/glove/clothing that gets splashed. The coating comes in black, brown, green, and beige.
The rules for applying anti-climb paint
Anti vandal paint comes with a recommended minimum application height of 2.5m. This is because any lower and there is a chance of accidentally touching it, either for you or for an innocent passerby.
Once you have applied the coating you need to use a clear warning sign to inform people that anti climb paint has been applied. This acts as a further deterrent, but also a property occupier has a duty of care for those who enter their property. It is always best to dot every i and cross every t when it comes to liability.
If you have any questions about the legality of the coating and where you apply it, contact your local police station for advice.
Anti climb paint products and availability in Australia
Australia currently only has one company providing anti climb paint. That is the “StopClimb” brand, who market their product as StopClimb Non-Drying Paint in every state and territory except for Queensland, where it is “ProtectAll”. If vandalism is a problem for your property, you may also want to check out our graffiti protection coating page, or our urine repelling paint page.