DENNIS Cronberger, who owns DC’s High-Pressure Cleaning, said state government laws banning the sale of aerosol cans to underage people meant nothing because they bought it over the internet.
“They just don’t buy it off the shelf,” Mr Cronberger.
Disturbingly, the paint bought over the internet was an even harder-to-remove enamel than what was in store-bought aerosols.
“It’s come in over the last few years and they’re running competitions for graffiti, too – that’s the other problem,” he said.
Mr Cronberger leaned over to pick up several cans bought over the internet which had been tossed on the ground once emptied by the nocturnal graffiti vandals on the walls of the One Tree Hill water reservoir .
Tamworth deputy mayor Russell Webb was frustrated to learn about vandals buying it over the internet.
“It seems, even with all the strategies that we put in place in preventing these activities, people always seem to find a way around (them),” Cr Webb said.
Mr Cronberger says Tamworthians shouldn’t kid themselves that only teenagers were doing graffiti in town: he knows of people in their late 20s who are doing it.
When asked by The Leader whether it would be cheaper or more practicable to paint over the graffiti instead of using solvents, Mr Cronberger said it was not necessarily a better option.
“Not really because marks come out on top of the (covering) paint,” he said.