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’.
How nanotechnology based anti urine paint makes your walls pee proof
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:
- 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 anti pee paint are based on the surface structure of the coating, abrasion can cause a reduction in performance.
- 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.
- 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.