Anti-climbing paint


22 Responses to “Anti-climbing paint”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I used to live in a public building and we had problems with people climbing on the roof to nick the lead.

    Funny thing was we weren’t allowed to put anti-climb paint on the building because it might cause accidents, but the most vicious razorwire I’ve ever seen was fine. Looked like the roofline was permanently decorated with silver tinsel!

  2. Anonymous says:

    “Speed checked by Radar.” That one was always phoney unless there was a police car with radar out there on the highway.

    Back in the 60′s, it was a scare tactic that worked. People thought that they could be tracked and identified miles down the road.

    Now, with gps looming, it’s going to be a reality. Turnpikes punched a ticket when you entered one and if you turned in the ticket at the end of the run with too fast of a transit time…you got a ticket for speeding.

    Truck drivers are now getting nailed by their companies for driving too slow and taking too much time on the road. Some of them have gps tracking equipment installed and their companies are playing with their safety.

    Ok, I’m bored now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Technology is already in use in Australis to do just this automatically. A gantry across the motorway (interstate) photographs all the vehicles going underneath it on the roadway. Clever computer technology identifies the number plates, and deciphers the numbers. If that vehicle goes under another gantry down the road before it’s time, a speeding ticket is automatically generated. There are gantries hundreds of miles apart. So a truck going interstate between Melbourne and Sydney – an overnight drive – might speed along the road, but if he goes under the gantry at the other end before the time he’d be going under if he was doing the speed limit, he can lose his driving licence.
      The technology was introduced to combat the problem of trucking companies putting unreasonable pressure on drivers to deliver ever faster. This resulted in drivers staying awake too long and using drugs to keep awake.

    • Scuba SM says:

      Actually, a good deal of trucking companies are tracking their drivers to make sure they’re not driving too fast. Schneider, for instance, limits their trucks to 62 mph via software. The reason is that fuel consumption goes way up as drag increases significantly as you speed those trucks up.

  3. Not a Doktor says:

    If you want to keep paint from drying add in a little bit of heavy motor oil (to oil paint, it’d probably just separate in acrylic).

  4. arikol says:

    My bouldering/buildering sense would have forced me up there as well, much to my wife’s dismay ;)

    Interesting to know, I had no idea such a thing existed. Nice to know that it doesn’t work all that well (and/or can be foiled)

  5. Dewi Morgan says:

    I was always really happy with the cops in Oxford when I lived there.

    Mind you, I’d just moved from Bradford in ’96, and I was a bit culture shocked by the whole thing. First sights out of the station were: a bus with a URL on it; a group of people of all creeds and colours walking along laughing; flowers in baskets along the street; and a police woman. Not just a police woman, but one out on her own without an escort or riding a horse or wearing a protective vest or *anything*. I’d have thought she were off duty or something, if she weren’t so obviously “proceeding” along the pavement. Then someone called out to her, she stopped and chatted and laughed with them, and my brain quietly exploded.

    Oxford was quite lovely.

    [Then I moved to London, and there as a fatal shooting, a two-gang shootout, two armed holdups and an armoured car heist within a block of my house within a year.]

  6. Anonymous says:

    I also saw this sign in Oxford while trapped by volcanic ash! I had a similar urge to immediately try climbing the paint. I am glad one of us had the gumption to actually attempt this feat.

  7. Anonymous says:

    #12 – probably not used here in the US any more since it’s carcinogenic. Not a big deal to the climbers who aren’t exposed to large enough amounts to add up really, but not cool to give painters leukemia y’know?

  8. bigcrankyrabbit says:

    You’re were lucky. The stuff does last for years and it is a complete pain to get rid of. Much better than a set of railings for putting off drunk students.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s essentially paint that takes years to dry, and I think it was invented accidentally while a paint company was experimenting.

    It certainly makes climbing a little more difficult, as everything is slimy and not conducive to gripping, but it’s not too much of a problem.
    The main problem is that after climbing you will be covered with black, sticky gunk that is a right bugger to clean off.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If they’ve got anti-climb paint on an obvious wall, I’d still be that there’s a more challenging (==fun) way in round the corner that won’t get you covered in gunk.

    @anon #6
    The French toll roads have had time based speed limits for years, you don’t need GPS, just a distance between the start and finish. The standard technique is to drive as fast as you like, then stop in the last service station before your exit and have a cup of coffee etc. until your average time is legal again.

  11. Andrew Katz says:

    I’m glad these cops were acting like human beings. This is not unusual in Oxford cops, but acting in a non-authoritarian-jerk-like fashion can be dangerous.

    Some Oxford cops recently got disciplined for using their riot shields to sledge down a hill in the snowy weather:

  12. Anonymous says:

    In all fairness to Lisa, the sign doesn’t actually SAY not to climb the wall, just that a (evidently ineffective) preventative paint has been applied. It seems the Oxfordshire County Council isn’t working all that hard for you.

  13. redesigned says:

    Reminds me of a Banksy piece. I love signs that have the oppsite intention. Nothing makes you wonder if you can like a sing telling you you can’t.

  14. kb1 says:

    Also known as ‘Vandal Grease’, it seems to be unavailable in North America. I’d be curious if anyone knows a manufacturer who can actually supply it here.

  15. Symbiote says:

    I’ve touched this paint somewhere. It’s like tar crossed with pine sap, very sticky and difficult to get rid of.

  16. Anonymous says:

    You’ve clearly never tried to climb a NYC lamp post.

  17. XkrisCD says:

    I totally love that you tried to climb it, that for me is the best part, too bad there aren’t stats on how many folks do

  18. Cllzzrd says:

    I always thought the anti climb paint was the huge spikes on top of the wall…

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