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Anti-Vandal Paint and the Law

Have you ever wondered what anti-vandal paint is or what it’ll do for you? Today we’re going to talk about why you may need to use it and recommend which are the best products to use. Click here to skip recommended products and to continue reading.

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What is anti-vandal paint?

Anti-vandal paint is fairly self-explanatory. It’s designed to deter criminals from trying to access your building. The paint usually has a slippery finish in order to make it hard to climb a surface. It’s usually a dark paint so it’s likely you won’t want it all over your building. However it can be very useful on surfaces such as drain pipes, wall tops and fences.

What’s the law?

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Whether it’s your house or your place of work, you legally have a duty of care towards anyone who enters your property. Even to trespassers! If a burglar climbs a surface you’ve painted and falls, you have a duty of care to that person.

However, don’t worry. If you clearly sign that you’re using anti-vandal paint, you can discharge your duty of care. If you use a deterrent which stains the clothes of someone trying to access your property, you want to make sure that innocent passers-by know that it’s there.

It is not recommended for use on surfaces in areas which are subject to legitimate daily contact and it is also recommended that it not be applied to surfaces within 7 feet (2.1m) of the ground level.

Which anti-climb paint to use?

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We recommend using Coo-Var Vandalene Anti Climb Paint if you want a simple and effective deterrent. This paint can be used almost anywhere! You’ll want to apply it on window ledges, pipes, walls and even gutters. Think of any places where a trespasser could get access to your building. You can get it in black, red, green or grey to match your colour scheme.

This paint works by giving your surface a thick, non-drying sticky coat, making surfaces tricky to grip. More than tricky we should say – it’s almost impossible to climb with this paint!

To make your building even more secure, it contains a hidden identifier. If a burglar has tried to climb anywhere they’ll find themselves covered with the stuff! This means police can identify the perpetrators much more easily.

Deterrent Signs

To go with the paint, you can also get your hands on Coo-Var Vandalene Deterrent Signs. This way, you’re doing your part by warning visitors to your property. These signs make it very clear to passers-by and potential trespassers.

Many will find that the sign is a good deterrent for most people. Make sure that if you use signs they are clearly visible and at least two feet from the ground.

If you need any more information on anti-climb paints and accessories, get in touch.

12 comments

  1. what will happen if a cats go onto hit will it deters them away

    • Good morning Kevin,

      These products cannot and should not be used for or on animals. If you go to the datasheets of the products, there are health and safety details on them, but the manufacturers do state that they are not to be used where animals have access points.

      If there’s anything else on this, Kevin, that we can help you with, please do let us know.

      Best regards.

      Mark

  2. Anything similar in a spray can.

  3. what is the law with regard using anti vandal paint close to public areas

    • Hi Len,

      Thank you very much for getting in touch. Most anti-vandal products with have disclaimers and/or advice regarding the use of the product. For example, the ‘Application Special Conditions’ in the Product Data Sheet for Coo-Var Vandalene Anti Climb Paint states that it should be used at heights over 1.8m away from daily legitimate use. This is to prevent accidental contact with the coating.

      I hope this helps, and please feel free to get in contact if you have any further questions.

      Many thanks
      Stuart

  4. I have had a problem with vandals cutting the screen on my porch and stealing stuff. Is there a way this paint can help me??

    • Hi Jack,

      The coating mentioned in the blog post is normally applied to high level access points, drainpipes, window ledges etc to prevent people climbing up, so unfortunately it wouldn’t provide a solution in this case I’m afraid.

      Thank you for your question and please feel free to get in touch if you require any further information.

      Many thanks
      Stuart

    • I mean I would apply it on the ground in front of the screen. Hopefully this will cause them to slip and fall and be embarrassed enough to move on their way

      • Hi there,

        Thank you for your question. We would never recommend this type of product be applied lower than 1.8m to prevent accidental contact with it.

        Most anti-vandal products will have disclaimers and/or advice regarding the use of the product. For example, the ‘Application Special Conditions’ in the Product Data Sheet for Coo-Var Vandalene Anti Climb Paint states that it should be used at heights over 1.8m away from daily legitimate use. This is also detailed in the blog post above.

        I hope this helps, and please feel free to get in contact if you have any further questions.

        Many thanks
        Stuart

  5. 1) Vandals climb my 6 foot vinyl fence regularly, could I use this on the top of the fence (with signage) and
    2) Would it be harmful to birds who sometimes perch there?

    • Hi Liz,

      Many thanks for your question. The product could be used on the top of the fence; however, as anyone over 6ft tall walking past may come into contact with the product the manufacturer would always suggest ensuring it is applied above head height. We would also recommend using a primer first, for this application Coo-Var Prime-All would be suitable.

      In answer to question 2, the product is not harmful to animals, so this wouldn’t be an issue in this case.

      Thank you again for getting in touch and I hope this helps.

      Many thanks
      Stuart

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