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Blasting Graffiti...With Baking Soda

Dallas employs soda blaster to eliminate wall scrawls



    Blasting Graffiti...With Baking Soda

    by Bruce Felps

    Sandblasters are so 20th century.

    In yet another offensive against graffiti artists --  or taggers, vandals, whatever you want to call them -- Dallas whips out its latest big gun.

    Dallas turned to the latest in high-pressure wall cleaning solutions, WCS, to wipe off graffiti before out-of-town guests arrive for a little football game.

    City Hall officials, led by Councilwoman Della Jasso, District 1, trotted out a “sodablaster” yesterday during a press event at Dealey Plaza to demonstrate the machine’s awe-inspiring power against the painted word. It stripped off the words "JFK was here" in 12.8 seconds, maybe.

    It uses compressed air and baking soda — which is touted as more ecologically correct than sand — to clean off the offending wall scrawl. A company called Stripco — which, alas, is not what one might think at first glance — donated the sodablaster for use through Feb. 6.

    The city is serious about this graffiti thing, too, at least in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. Prosecutors want to combine graffiti-related misdemeanors into one big felony charge for repeat offenders. City officials also hope civic groups, businesses, and other organizations pitch in to clean taggers’ work.

    But what happens after Super Bowl XLV and the make-pretty push comes to a close?

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He prefers his soda mixed with scotch, thank you.