The Importance of and How to use Anti-Climb Paint

Published : 09/11/2018 13:49:44
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Using Anti Climb Paint

Anti-climb paint, also known as security paint, anti burglar, non-drying paint or anti-vandal paint, is an easy and affordable way to protect your business, home, place of worship or commercial facility. You can find the range of anti climb paint here.

Whether you’ve had issues with intruders in the past or you’re simply taking preventative measures, here are some of the ways in which anti-climb paint can help protect your property.

Prevent Vandalism:

Anti-climb paint is thick and oily in consistency, similar to petroleum jelly, designed to make walls, fences and other surfaces slippery and hard to climb. The anti climb paint will form a thin skin helping to prevent leaves and the like from sticking to it but because it is thixotropic any pressure applied to it will make it return to liquid making it difficult for an intruder to gain a hand or foot hold.

Keep Trespassers Away:

You may think that your grounds are well secured, but intruders can climb fences, mount walls and scale lamp posts and drain pipes with relative ease. Once they’re on your land, they can enter buildings through windows, doors and other entrances, causing damage and stealing money or valuable items.

Anti-climb paint is a relatively harmless and effective way to defend your property from trespassers and thieves. The thick, greasy substance renders it almost impossible to get a good grip or foothold on a building. Most trespassers will be discouraged just by the sight of anti-climb paint signs.

Identify Intruders

Anti Climb paint on Clothing

While contact with anti-climb paint is not harmful to a person’s health, it will stain the hands, body and clothes of anyone who touches it. Anti-vandal paint is often non-drying and dark in colour, making it messy and very difficult to wash away.

So as well as preventing break-ins and vandalism, anti-climb paint can help you and the police identify intruders, by the tell-tale signs of paint stains. Adding a coat of anti-vandal paint to your property will deter unwanted visitors, while making it easier to catch any criminals that do dare to intrude.

Please Note:

If anti-climb paint sounds like an ideal solution to your security needs, there are a few important legal requirements to follow. Firstly, always display a clear warning sign near painted surfaces, these signs should be clear and easy to see for anyone approaching your property and should typically be positioned every 2 - 3 linear metres. New Venture Products offer a large range of signs designed for different locations available here. Self adhesive signs are ideal for smooth flat surfaces, rigid plastic can be drilled or glued with a suitable adhesive and the aluminium composite signs can even be drilled and fixed to wire fences. The range of signs even include a glow in the dark sign which are ideal for dark unlit areas.

Secondly, only apply the paint a minimum of two metres above normal access height to prevent anyone accidentally getting anti climb paint on their clothing and keep it out of the way of innocent passers-by. Please remember that anti climb paint should not be used to deter or in areas regularly used by wild or domestic animals, they can't read signs.

When used correctly, anti-climb paint is one of the simplest, safest and most cost-effective ways to protect your property and keep it free from criminal damage. Available in a large range of colours and sizes, a coating of anti climb paint will help defend your premises, without detracting from its appearance. When applying anti climb paint to a porous substrate you should either seal the substrate or be prepared to apply 2 or even 3 coats as the paint will, particularly on hot days be absorbed in to the material. For maximum effectiveness it should be applied at least 1mm thick and in exposed areas might require regular re-application.


This article is designed as a guide and should not be used for any legal purpose and we recommend that if you are in any doubt over its suitability you take legal advice or consult with your local Police crime prevention officer who will be happy to advise about the legality of the application the householder or property owner intends to make. Please see the links to related products adjacent to this article for ordering.

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