Methods and products for the conservation of vandalized urban art murals

Andrea Macchia, Margarida Castro, Claudia Curbelo, Laura Rivaroli, Sara Capriotti, Eduarda Vieira, Patrícia Moreira, Silvestro Antonio Ruffolo, Mauro Francesco La Russa*

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

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The possibility of contemporary mural paintings to be “tagged” by vandals, with spray and/or markers, represents a serious problem for the conservation of urban art. The present study aims to define the applicability of a protective coating on murals’ surface to preserve them against vandalism. The research has been focused on anti-graffiti products currently used in the field of cultural heritage conservation. These products represent an optimum start point to preserve mural artwork from vandal actions. The commercially available anti-graffiti products have been compared with an innovative product, PRO-ART, specifically formulated by YOCOCU in collaboration with Pelicoat, for the conservation of murals. At the same time, it has tested the cleaning of contemporary murals by using different mixtures of solvents and surfactants. The experimentations have been carried out on external walls, followed by the conducting of in situ tests (application tests, empirical evaluations and colorimetric analysis), as well as laboratory investigations (contact angle and optical/electronic microscopy).
Idioma originalEnglish
Número do artigo1304
Número de páginas11
Número de emissão11
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - nov. 2021

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