How To Remove Tagging

Tagged.JPG We woke up one morning to find all the windows along the back alley tagged with Magic Marker. Someone called “Monkey”, and his buddy, “L’il Tagger” (Best. Tagger. Name. Ever.) came through and scrawled initials onto our windows.

The taggers also chose the week before my mother’s scheduled visit to graffiti us. Since my mother already threatened to have a heart attack when I said the word “Rampart”, the last thing I need is for her to see gang marks on our windows. In Mom’s day, Westlake/Rampart was rapidly decaying, and I can tell she doesn’t believe me that it’s regentrifying now. If she saw these, she’d flip. So we went out with various household cleaners to try to remove the marks. More on the process behind the cut:

Windex, for the record, doesn’t work on permanent marker tagging. Neither did the Method all-purpose cleaner (damn hippie products!). Then the fiance got the bright idea of using Goo Gone – that amazing, probably horribly destructive chemical compound that is supposed to dissolve gum, glue, and that crud duct tape leaves behind. And it worked:



There you go. Goo Gone takes off those annoying tags! And by the way, if anyone has any idea what “LWA” stands for, please comment. I have no idea.

12 thoughts on “How To Remove Tagging”

  1. And by the way, if anyone has any idea what “LWA” stands for, please comment. I have no idea.

    Losers Writing Acronyms?

  2. LWA. So those bastards are in your neighborhood too, huh? Observe them for what they are:

    LWA stands for LightWorks Archive – it is a platform-independent and application-independent digital file format specifically designed for the distribution of elements used to accurately represent real world materials within LightWorks-based CAD applications. This “Content”, can take the form of materials such as Mannington carpets, Benjamin Moore paints and UNS Metals, but also include lighting, backgrounds and scenery.

    The beauty of the LWA file format is its ability to wrap up any number of these elements into a single archive file that can then be used in any LightWorks-based application.

  3. add the goo-gone to the miraculous “mr clean magic erasers” taggers can never wreak their havoc again. lil’ bastards are all over our neck of the woods too. The holiday weekend was a total free for all. Thanks for the advice!

  4. Uh, hostile, hostile. Bad tags/graffiti. ;)

    So you just cleaned up for your mom, else you wouldn’t mind? Or did you mean something else? :)

  5. Yay for Goo Gone! I’ve used it to get grafitti off of my mailbox and it works like a charm.
    The Big Top Locos used to tag the apt building across the street from my house every Friday afternoon, and then the city would paint it over every Monday, but something the city is doing is working now b/c I haven’t seen any tagging there for a while (knock on wood).

  6. Ummm, isn’t goo-gone largely cirtus-acid based? I have no problem with chemicals where appropriate, but don’t think goo-gone fits into that category.

    Hmm, actually, they have a pretty good website:

    According to that its a “combination of Citrus Power and scientific technology” !!! ;)

    You need to fill out a form to get the actual MSDS for it, but that should say for sure whats in it and how hazardous it is.

  7. You’re psychic! I just noticed a tag on one of my trash cans last night and was wondering how to expunge it.

    So thank you!

  8. Down in San Diego, a section of I-8 notorious for tagging was apparently “adopted” by SEAL Team 3 for a period of time. End of tags.

    Regarding Goo Gone, citric acid isn’t what does the trick – it’s the d-limonene in the oil from the rind of citrus fruit (and the source of “citrus” scent) – it behaves as both a polar and non-polar solvent, and cuts thru many goos.
    Do a wikipedia search on limonene for more info, and references to MSDS. The stuff is a skin irritant and sensitizer – not wonderful, but not as bad as many.

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