Author Topic: Underground graffiti removal - the restoration of the Land of Dope and Story  (Read 788 times)

Offline AR

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Earlier this year some Masson CG members were in Cumberland and found yet more sprayed graffiti. Nothing new there, but some particularly mindless idiot had decided to spray their tag over the "Land of Dope and Story" slab - see the July picture. Generally, I've dealt with spray paint by wirebrushing but in this case, that wasn't going to be an option given the original smoked graffiti underneath.

Having read up on alternative methods, I decided to try solvent-based removal. Armed with various glues and solvents from my garage, I experimented on spots that weren't over the smoking. This proved that evo-stik contact adhesive shifted the majority of the spray paint (if you rolled it around like a giant bogey...), while xylene would dissolve much of the remainder. I then carefully tried a bit over the smoking, and was delighted to find that very little of the carbide soot came away - game on!

However, this inital session taught me another lesson, which was that  exposure to solvent fumes in a confined space isn't good for you - I probably wasn't in a fit state to drive home that night and I had a splitting headche the next day. I was advised to get a chemical filter mask, which I did.

Subsequent sessions were better for my health and more productive, with the result that after last Tuesday's session, there's not much left of the spray paint. I want to do one last mop-up with xylene but I'm really pleased with the result; I'm intending to do a more detailed paper for Cave & Karst Science about the methodology
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That was a great effort, but xylene is incredibly nasty.  You were probably correct in thinking yoiu were not fit to drive!

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Reminds me of the dangers of fixing wetsuits.... :lol:
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Thats great. Can I nominate you for one of those cave conservation awards?

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Well done Adam. Let’s hope you don’t have to repeat it.

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Would anyone like to briefly explain the land of hope and glory graffiti and its significance/importance :unsure:

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Would anyone like to briefly explain the land of hope and glory graffiti and its significance/importance :unsure:

Land of Dope and glory is a bunch of graffiti from some 60s (?) gang that lived in there called the Trogs. Or hung out there I guess.

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ok and thanks  Guess it is a shame now to deface it further :thumbsup:

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Would anyone like to briefly explain the land of hope and glory graffiti and its significance/importance :unsure:

I'd suggest having a look at John Barnatt's  2015 paper "Graffiti in Peak District (England) caves and mines:
historic record or mindless vandalism?" in Cave and Karst Science (Vol.42, No.3, pp.133–143) http://bcra.org.uk/pub/candks/index.html?j=126 for more information.
Dirty old mines need love too....