Urine Repellent Paint | Anti Pee Paint

Protect property and walls with urine repellent paint

Public urination is an offence punishable with a fine here in the UK, but this does not seem to be deterring the offenders, as a stroll through any city on a Sunday morning will show. 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 councils are forced to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds every year in clean up costs. Fortunately, there is a solution: urine repellent paint.

Cities from Hamburg to San Francisco have adopted anti urine technology to combat the problem. And now UK cities are picking up on the trend, with Hackney Council introducing anti pee paint in the popular nightspots of Shoreditch and Dalston, and Chester coating its historic Roman walls. Urine repellent 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 anti urine paint to protect your substrate and deter those thinking to ‘spend a penny’. Below are two of the top products available online, or you can skip ahead to the article.

The Top Urine Repellent Coating Products

Urine repellent coating
Rustoleum NeverWet
Anti pee coating
Ultra Ever Dry

There are an array of hydrophobic nano coatings available online, but not all are suitable for exterior applications. Ultra Ever Dry and Rustoleum’s NeverWet are two of the best products on the market for exterior nano protection. As well as being urine repellent, these products are:

  • Corrosion resistant – the coating repels water and chemicals and provides a protective layer
  • Self cleaning – dust and grime cannot attach and is easily washed away by the next rain
  • Anti-wetting and icing – the coating repels water, keeping the substrate dry and ice-free

How nanotechnology based anti urine paint makes your walls pee proof

anti urine coating

A substrate treated with anti pee paint will become non-wetting.

The strength of urine repellent 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 anti urine paint, this function is hydrophobicity or oleophobicity.

A hydrophobic substance “fears water”, and an oleophobic substance “fears oil”; what this means is that it repels water or oil. Anti pee 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 anti pee paint will find themselves quickly regretting it when their shoes and trousers get covered in urine.

Apply urine repellent paint to benefit any surface

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

comparison of surface with anti urine paint and without anti pee paint

Urine repellent paint splashes the liquid back towards the source

  1. 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.
  2. It can only withstand moderate abrasion: Because the superhydrophobic properties of anti pee paint are based on the surface structure of the coating, abrasion can cause a reduction in performance.
  3. Longevity: Anti pee paint needs to be reapplied on a yearly basis, perhaps more often 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 reapply the top coat.
  4. 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, anti urine paint will provide other benefits for your substrate, including corrosion prevention, anti icing, 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

Anti pee 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 curb public urination. The district put up signs on some of the coated walls saying “we pee back”. A railway station in Cologne followed suit, applying urine repellent paint to 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 the UK, Hackney Council have coated walls in Shoreditch and Dalston in a last-ditch attempt to protect them from lads out and about on the town. Public urination costs Hackney £100,000 a year in cleaning costs. 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 the UK

Superhydrophobic urine repellent paint is new to the UK 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 paint. 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.

Chester’s anti urine paint campaign declares pee-back time

After a successful campaign over the 2016 Christmas period, Cheshire West and Chester Council are once again running their Pee-Back campaign on the streets of Chester. Merrymakers are in for a self-inflicted dousing if they try to take a sneaky leak along Chester’s ancient Roman walls. Desperate to protect their history and to take the pressure off the city clean-up crew, the Council has coated the city’s ‘splash zones’ with anti pee paint and are running an awareness campaign, as shown in the video below. It’s Pee-Back time.

30 replies
  1. Katharine Valentine
    Katharine Valentine says:

    Please can you send me details on where to purchase and also whether the finish is clear or coloured?

    Thank you
    Katharine

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    • Coating Expert
      Coating Expert says:

      Dear Beth,

      Thank you for your question regarding purchasing details. If you want to purchase anti pee paint, please contact us by sending an e-mail to sales@ayold.com. If you enclose a little more details about the amount of anti-pee paint you wish to purchase, we can match your request to the right coating partner.

      With kind regards,
      Marieke
      Coating.co.uk

      Reply
    • Coating Expert
      Coating Expert says:

      Dear Mr Mullen,

      We would be happy to advise you! Please contact us by sending an e-mail to sales@ayold.com. If you enclose a little more details about the amount of peeback paint you wish to purchase, we can match your inquiry to the right coating partner.

      With kind regards,
      Marieke
      Coating.co.uk

      Reply
  2. Manolis Koutlakis
    Manolis Koutlakis says:

    Do you have a Greek representative where I can buy your product localy? Alternatively can you arrange supply / forwarding to Greece and what would be the associated costs (including forwarding)? I have a total area of about 16 sq.m so how many ltrs of paint will I need?

    Reply
    • Coating Expert
      Coating Expert says:

      Dear Mr/Ms Koutlakis,

      Unfortunately we do not have a anti pee paint coating partner or reseller in Greece yet. We do not have te opportunity to ship internationally either.

      We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope we can help you in the future.

      With kind regards,
      Marieke
      Coating.co.uk

      Reply
    • Coating Expert
      Coating Expert says:

      We would be happy to advise you! Please contact us by sending an e-mail to sales@ayold.com. If you enclose a little more details about the amount of peeback paint you wish to purchase, we can match your inquiry to the right coating partner.

      With kind regards,
      Marieke
      Coating.co.uk

      Reply
  3. marc banks
    marc banks says:

    can I coat a fence with the paint fence is red ceder as every dog pees on my nice new fence and how much does it cost cheers

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    • Coating Expert
      Coating Expert says:

      Hi Marc,

      Thank you for your anti urine coating questions! We will email you shortly to provide you with the product options and anti urine paint prices.

      Best regards,
      Jasmin – Coating.co.uk

      Reply
    • Coating Expert
      Coating Expert says:

      Dear Mensur,

      It it definetely possible to buy anti pee coating online. However, to give pricing and a recommendation for a specific anti urine coating product, we need to know on what kind of substrate the coating is intended to be used. Could you tell us what kind of substrate it is?
      Looking forward to your reply!

      Best regards,
      Sofia – Coating.co.uk

      Reply

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