Anti urine coating to protect your property
In all the Emirates public urination is an offence to punishable with a fine. Dubai has also recently announced to take additional measures in combating the problem. Not only does public urination make the general environment less appealing but it also forces the Emirates to spend millions of Dirhams annually to clean up the mess. Fortunately, there is a solution: Anti Urine Coating which not only protects the surfaces but also teaches the offenders a lesson by ‘peeing back’.
Cities from Hamburg to San Francisco have adopted anti urine technology to combat public urination. This could be a solution to consider also in Dubai (and the other Emirates) which is currently fighting the problem with increased fines and more authorities to fine the offenders.
If your property, business or service is being damaged as a result of public urination, this article outlines how you can use urine repellent paint to protect your substrate and discourage public urination by letting the wall be back!
Pee back walls powered by nanotechnology
The strength of anti urine coating is that it protects a substrate on the nanoscale. These nano coatings, do not just form a layer over a substrate, but rather the individual nanoparticles actually form bonds with it. This creates a layer that clings firmly to the substrate on the one side, and provides a specific protective function on its surface. In the case of anti urine coating, this function is hydrophobicity or oleophobicity.
A hydrophobic substance “fears water”, and an oleophobic substance “fears oil”; this means that it repels water or oil. Urine repellent paint is actually superhydrophobic, it has the strongest degree of repulsion possible in a coating. Its surface is covered in pointy nanoscopic geography which only allows liquid to touch a tiny percentage of it, ultimately repelling the liquid. Anyone trying take a leak against a surface treated with anti urine coating will find themselves quickly regretting it when their shoes and trousers get covered in urine. Who knows Dubai could also benefit from anti urine coating as they are putting additional effort in combating public urination.
Apply Anti pee paint to benefit any surface
One of the great benefits of anti pee paint is its versatility: almost any substrate can be coated with anti urine paint, including steel, brick, concrete, metals, masonry, plastic, wood, fabric, and more.
4 factors which may affect your choice of urine repellent paint:
- Surface preparation is paramount: The substrate must be cleaned of all oil, grease, dust, dirt, and other foreign material for the coating to adhere properly. It can also be applied to smooth surfaces, though preparing the substrate by sanding it with 320-800 grit sandpaper will improve adhesion.
- It can only withstand moderate abrasion: Because the superhydrophobic properties of urine repellent paint are based on the surface structure of the coating, abrasion can cause a reduction in performance.
- Longevity: Anti urine coating needs to be reapplied on a yearly basis, perhaps more often if it is in direct sunlight. UV radiation will cause it to deteriorate faster. However, if you buy a system with a bottom and top coat, you need only re-apply the top coat.
- Be aware that they do not dry clear: They will dry to a translucent white, like a slight milky haze.
As well as being superhydrophobic, urine repellent coating will provide other benefits for your substrate, including corrosion prevention, improving the functionality and lifespan of a substrate, and making it self-cleaning. It can even be used for anti graffiti protection.
Where to buy anti pee paint in the Emirates
Superhydrophobic anti pee paint is new to the UAE market, and availability is therefore still limited. The application process requires equipment and skills, and it is recommended that only trained contractors apply anti urine coating. For more information about purchasing anti urine coating for your business, or to be connected with one of our coating partners to complete your project, contact us! Our experts are here to help, just use our free quote service by clicking the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of this article.
Anti urine paint projects from around the world
Urine repellent paint came to the attention of the world when Hamburg, Germany, announced it was coating the streets of its famous St Pauli red light district in order to combat public urination. The district put up signs on some of the coated walls saying “we pee back”. A railway station in Cologne followed suit, coating a particular trouble area in the car park. In San Francisco, where public urination is a problem so bad it degrades and fells lampposts, the Department of Public Works coated walls all across the city in Ultra Ever Dry. In Philadelphia, the transit authority coated subway lifts. In short, anti urine coating is a product that can protect residents’ doorways, but also stairways, walls, carparks, and any other substrate that suffers from this noxious problem.