Thursday, June 30, 2022
Removing graffiti from trains and buses

The London Underground believes it costs up to £12m a year to clean up graffiti. Network Rail spend over £3.5m every year removing graffiti – money that could be better spent improving the railway. Graffiti is a big cost to transport operators, and with a commitment to keep stock in good condition for passengers, graffiti removal methods need to be safe, fast and efficient, keeping costs low, disruption to a minimum and carriages returned to service as quickly as possible. The task of graffiti removal often falls to contractors who specialise in this area, or in house presentation teams.

The GTR (Govia Thameslink Railway) Presentation Team, based at Bedford Sidings, removed all traces of graffiti from this carriage using Autoglym Professional Graffiti Remover in just 4 man hours.

Graffiti Remover safely and effectively removes graffiti and other contaminants from trains, buses, coaches, cars, vans and commercial vehicle surfaces. Graffiti Remover is a citrus oil based product and gets to work quickly allowing speedy cleaning. Graffiti Remover does not damage OEM paintwork and is suitable for many other surfaces too. Here we can see it removing pen marks from the interior of a bus.

Using Graffiti Remover is simple:

  1. Pre-test an inconspicuous area before use.
  2. Apply to the contaminated area using a cloth or applicator sponge.
  3. Allow Graffiti Remover to dwell for up to 3 minutes.
  4. Wipe over with a clean damp cloth or sponge. An Autoglym Magic Sponge may be required for more stubborn graffiti.

If you’d like help keeping your trains remain gleaming inside and out, head to to see how Autoglym helps train, bus and coach operators meet and exceed their targets with our range of sanitisers, cleaners, and surface enhancement products.

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