Reverse, or "Clean" Graffiti Using Bleach





Introduction: Reverse, or "Clean" Graffiti Using Bleach

In this instructable, I will show you how to create clean graffiti, commonly called "reverse graffiti", using a rag and bleach! It's very, very simple, but not everyone knows about it.

I DID NOT invent this style of graffiti, just made it easier and put it into an instructable format. As far as I know a graffiti artist named "Moose" invented it [link], and i completely and utterly copied him. :P
If you do something stupid, like write on someone's car with this method, DO NOT BLAME ME. I know there's always these stupid disclaimers, but really, how would you like it if someone wrote on your house or car with bleach?

Anyways, I don't believe this to be illegal, as long as you keep it on cement or concrete, but if you do it on something (Like wood) it might be, so keep it to the street guys. (Just because I don't think it's illegal doesn't mean it is, remember that) On wood, it seems to actually bleach the wood itself, so I think that someone could argue that you damaged their property.

Step 1: Gather Materials

You need to round up:
Bleach --the most important part, duh!
An old rag --don't use a new one, it's getting bleached guys!
A cup, or something to hold the bleach
Some nasty cement -- look for cement that seems to have black stuff on it (that works the best)
Gloves --believe me, my hand smelled like bleach for the rest of the day, no matter how many times I tried to wash it

If you want to use something else to write on the cement with the bleach, go for it, I just preffered using a rag, and I happened to have one laying around.

Step 2: Begin Writing!

Ok, now we've got all the stuff, so lets find some dirty cement and start writing on it!
This would be the time to put on those gloves, unless you like the smell of bleach for the rest of the day.

Pick a Design
Pour the bleach in the cup about half way full. (not half empty btw)
Dip the rag in the cup.
Paint the design with the rag.

Step 3: Let It Dry

Now let that design you painted Dry.

Check it out! You are now cleaning up some cement selectively! Now go selectively clean your design everywhere!

Step 4: Results

Now that we have cleaned up the cement selectively, let's see what we have done!

Now go spread whatever message you have chosen! ~Have Fun!



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    Has anyone tried painting "invisible" graffiti with a resist, such as a wax or WD40? I think it wouldn't show up until somebody attempted to paint over it. They would have to fetch special chemicals to strip it off -- otherwise everything would get painted except what you did.

    Is it that the aerosol paint that someone is spraying, wouldn't stick to the WD-40? What would happen?

    Sulfuric Acid, such as that found in car batteries, or sold in a powder form for dilution when filling a car battery, or many other sources... Use a diluted version and it will clean concrete to a beautiful bright white, even through oil stains and such.  Once the reaction is complete in a minute or two, it becomes inert and relatively non toxic to the environment and its safe to use as long as you wear protective equipment when handling it.  It WILL eat holes in shirts, pants, shoes, and skin.  Imagine if you splashed some in your eyes?  Don't be stupid with it, but give it a shot sometime. It works wonders.


    Bleach isn't exactly environmentally clean pressure washer is the way to go

    Must agree on the pressure washer thing.

    Great stuff, not seen bleach being used to do this before. Have you tried a stencil before?

    to all the haters... whatever! graff is art... it's been around since the dawn of time... study up on it! and yes even graff has rules. anywho nice idea, never really thought of this. seems less illegal kinda depending on where you do it lol... what they gonna make you do, make the street dirty again to cover it up haha! p.s. no im not a graff writer... i would like to be though hehe... but i support it fo' sho'!

    i totally agree graffiti is an amazing art form when it isnt abused.

    Yea, smearing bleach on side walks and fences. This is destructive and stupid, go ruin your own property and not other peoples.