About graffiti scratching

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Graffiti scratching or etching is a form of graffiti using a sharp object to scratch metal, plastic and more commonly, glass. Unlike paint graffiti, etching, often refered to as tagging or scratchitti, it cannot be cleaned off using traditional methods. it's results are intended to be permanent..

In the UK, most graffiti scratching is in the form of 'tagging' where the 'artist' as they like to think of themselves, scratch their tag into the glass. A tag is supposed to be unique to the tagger and serves as calling card, or a form of marking territory.

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Acid Etching is a different form of scratch graffiti that has started to become more commonplace over the last few years. It is marked on glass using glass etching products, all of which contain acid.

These products are easily purchased from craft stores. In most cases, the etching acid (containing Hydrofluoric acid and other harmful substances) is transferred into empty bingo dabbers and used in the same manner as a maker pen. Once applied, it does not show immediately, but burns into the glass over a short period of time. The longer the acid remains on the glass, the deeper it corrodes the glass.

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Be careful - if you see someone scratching your glass, please think about what they are using to scratch it. Very often it is a knife, screwdriver, box cutter or set of keys and with today's knife culture, attempting to apprehend the culprits may not be the safest course of action.

If your shop front is subjected to acid etching, DO NOT touch the glass with your bare hands. Using rubber gloves and lots of warm, soapy water, wash the affected areas thoroughly.

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Guild members are still the only glass polishers able to GUARANTEE the quality of our work, producing distortion free, invisible repairs, everytime.

Our highly skilled members, quickly and safely repair 100% of the graffiti scratch damage they are called to attend and will restore your shop front windows and doors to their original clarity.

Repairing graffiti scratches causes no distortion or hazing and our services cause no distruptions to you, your business, your customers or your staff.


Retail Scratch Trends

Graffiti Tagging

Key Scratching

Acid Etching

Counter Scratches

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