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San Francisco Is Fighting Public Urination with Pee-Proof Paint

The paint is specially made to deflect liquid, which means that anyone who dares pee on painted surfaces will get a brutal mist of piss ricocheting back at them.

by River Donaghey
Jul 27 2015, 4:28pm

An intrepid outdoor urinator. Photo via Flickr user thefuturistics

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Public urination has long been a problem for San Francisco, but city officials are finally fighting back by painting the town piss-proof, CNN reports.

Public works crews have spent years steam-cleaning urine off of walls around SF, but that's all about to change. So far, crews have covered ten of the city's walls with a hydrophobic paint called Ultra-Ever Dry. The paint is specially made to deflect liquid, which means that anyone who dares piss on painted surfaces will get a brutal mist of pee ricocheting back at them.

This is the most recent of many efforts to curb public peeing in San Francisco. The city tried to put a damper on it in 2002 by introducing a $50-$100 fine for the offense, but it hasn't done a whole lot to slow the flow—Public Works has had almost 400 requests to get urine steam-cleaned since the beginning of 2015.

Public Works' director, Mohammed Nuru, who goes by the Twitter handle MrCleanSF, is undeterred from his battle against the sight and smell of urine. He got the idea for pee-proofing walls from a YouTube video of Hamburg, Germany, which has had success with the liquid-repellant paint in the past.

Nulu hopes that the Ultra-Ever Dry will prevent San Francisco bar-hoppers from whipping it out and peeing all over the city's walls, but maybe it'll just result in a lot more drunk partiers with piss-covered pants.

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