Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

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Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti
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When we have to deal with graffiti & other vandalism created by inconsiderate visitors, it takes them away from other important work. Clean-ups cost hundreds of taxpayer dollars!

We're thankful so many support volunteer clean-up projects & report crimes to federal law enforcement.

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Channelfog Dec 08, 2021 09:21 AM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

I gave up cleaning litter and graffiti at trailheads so as to concentrate on keeping the actual trails clean. Decades ago paint graffiti appeared on the rocks on Cold Springs a few dozen yards up from "Kevins Bench", which I found to be very disturbing. We hauled a cylinder of Nitrogen on one frame and sand blaster, regulator and hoses on another backpack frame. Much time and labour not to mention an entire 4 ft cylinder of gas, to remove 4 square feet of paint! Works technically, uses no chemicals, makes no compressor noise in the back country, but is not efficient in any way and so we've not done it since.
HIC sells various trash tongs that I used to take to Hendrys Beach with the dogs, every morning.
I tend to see no neutral territory here; either you're part of the problem or of the solution. Your choice.

Babycakes Dec 08, 2021 09:42 AM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

I use a rechargeable orbital sander with 150-grit sandpaper with much success on numerous surface types (stone/brick/plastic) to remove paint/pen "markings."

Babycakes Dec 08, 2021 12:46 PM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

Every two to three months someone takes a black marker and tags the 3-inch(ish) conduit line on the utility pole in front of our place. We used to cover it up with a light-grey paint, but it never quite matched, so there were lots of ugly splotches. If you use a sander with light sandpaper (120-150-200 grit) you can sand off the offending marks and you don't need to worry about the color matching. BTW, you'll notice that the conduit on the utility poles is a favorite place for them buggers to tag.

pstarSR Dec 09, 2021 07:40 AM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

do not do this, unless you plan to repaint. yeah you "removed the mark" but made another one in the process.

you will continue to see the "sanding" haze. and will have damaged the protective layer of paint. thus ruining the underneath object being protected by the paint. (not the tagging, but paint that was there before it ).

this coming from someone that has done more sanding in his life than wants to admit.

Channelfog Dec 09, 2021 01:29 PM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

PSTAR- We blasted the paint from a native boulder along Cold Spring Creek. Careful use of lacquer thinner is probably the best way to clean signs.

ZeroHawk Dec 08, 2021 01:29 PM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

22 = 22nd street locs gang
22= after 21 and before 23
22 = a deficient number
22 = both a semi-prime & composite number
22 = 22 divided by 7 is a commonly used approximation of pi
22 = also the number of football players allowed on the field at any time between two teams...
i could go on and on...

LosPadresForest Dec 09, 2021 05:46 AM
Los Padres National Forest Sign Graffiti

Good news, if there is any when related to this type of story, the sign is in the shop getting a new paint job and should be back out in the field shortly. Boo to taggers......

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