How much does a wall mural cost? This is one of the most frequently asked questions in the industry, and the most debatable.

The price of a graffiti or street art wall mural that is 3 metres by 4 metres, ranges from $3,000 - $5,000. What dictates the price is dependent on a variety of factors, namely, the quality of the materials being used and the labour requirements. When we are calculating your quote, these are some of the factors we take into consideration to determine the price:

 

Are Undercoats / Primers Required?

The use of undercoat / primer is incredibly important. There are many surfaces a mural can be painted onto, such as, colourbond, sheetmetal, timber, MDF, canvas, brick, render, plasterboard and cement sheeting. The choice of undercoat / primer will differ depending on these surfaces. As an example, colourbond and sheetmetal are quite glossy and slippery and require what is known as 'ultra adhesive primer'. Plasterboard on the other hand is very absorbent and can even be primed with a top coat that has a primer included in the paint such as Haymes Solarshield.

 

Australian manufactured products

Did you know that Haymes is now the only Australian family-owned and manufactured paint company? Most paint brands are manufactured overseas. We support and purchase Australian brands like Haymes, the use of these products provides us with the reassurance of quality control. We engage in consultations with Haymes paint specialists and representatives to discuss the quality of their paint and to keep updated regarding new products on the market. Additionally, we want to give back to our local economy and supporting Australian-only manufactured paint is our way of doing this.

 

Spray paints

Spray paint cans range from $4 - $15 each. There are stark contrasts between cans that are lower in cost and the higher-end spray paint. Low-cost spray paint generally has far less durability, has a watery consistency and does not allow nozzle change during the painting process, which is required for finer details in the artwork. On the other hand, a high-end, acrylic enamel-based spray paint, like MTN 94, is manufactured and designed specifically for graffiti/wall mural artists. These artist series spray cans come in both low and high pressure. Low-pressure cans are used for small, fine detail sprays and high-pressure cans are used for larger areas allowing for fast coverage. Additionally, these artist series cans allow you to use different nozzles, which work similarly to the different pressures of a spray can, allowing for small and fine or larger dramatic sprays. The MTN 94 and other artist-based spray cans also boast ultraviolet properties which aid in the longevity and protection of your wall mural.

 

Paint brushes / Roller sleeves

Quality paint brushes are a must for smooth consistent lines of paint around the frames and recesses of your wall. A cheap paint brush will be firmer and wirey, causing unevenness when cutting in and around these spaces. Further to this, Low-end paint brushes do not 'hold' their bristles. These bristles can detach from the brush and stick to the newly painted wall which leaves an unsightly finish. Roller sleeves have a very similar issue, the use of lower end roller sleeves can result in a rough finish and leave small fibres in the paint, causing noticeable furry fibres across your mural. Removal of these fibres requires sanding the wall and re-applying the paint which is both costly and time-consuming.

 

UV clear coat / Anti-graffiti

Protection of a wall mural is crucial, we apply an ultraviolet clear coating to all of our work once it is complete. The application of a high-quality UV coating protects the artwork from the harshness of the sun and allows the removal of vandalism and proper cleaning of the mural to maintain its vividness. The use of low-end anti-graffiti coatings only allow the removal of vandalism up to 2 - 3 times before the artwork itself suffers. Our product of choice is a high-quality 2PAC anti-graffiti coating that allows any unfortunate vandalism to be removed up to 12 times before needing to be reapplied. This coating is quite expensive costing around $1,000 for 10 litres of product and requires a power mixer and proper diluting before being applied.

 

Masking tape

Even something as simple as a roll of masking tape can add up. Masking tape ranges from $3.50 to $16 per roll for a superior product. The use of higher-end masking tape protects against peeling off existing wall paint, leftover glue residue and ensures that clean paint lines are achieved.

 

Our experience, talent and professionalism

At Graphic Enhancement, we pride ourselves on our level of professionalism and carry costs that are associated with running and maintaining a reputable business. We have a current business name and ABN, liability insurance of up to $20 million, an active website and all of the required tools and equipment to complete our projects. We maintain a professional attitude throughout and have a profound knowledge of the industry, including an exceptional knowledge of wall surfaces and their requirements.

We also hold all necessary licenses, which include; Yellow cards for operating elevated working platforms, such as scissor lifts and boom lifts, Construction industry white cards which allow us access to a construction site and Working with children’s checks to work in an environment with minors. When hiring a mural artist, these are important things to take into consideration.

 

Design

Each wall mural is bespoke and unique to our clients. We use the latest computer software; Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, which we pay for on a monthly basis. We take days or weeks to sift through hundreds of images to piece together a design tailored to the client’s brief. Once we are happy with this brief, we send across an artwork PDF for approval or for the client to request modifications to the design. This can occur across multiple sessions- we want you to be 100% happy with the approved design. Once the design is finalised, we then paint your artwork and are fastidious in ensuring that we match the design, sizing and colours.

 

Is safety equipment required?

Certain projects will require safety protocols, which increase the price of the project. Some of these protocols include:

 

Does the wall require special preparation?

Some wall surfaces require preparation before our artwork can be painted. Most surfaces require light sanding to allow better adhesion of the undercoat/primer and to rid the wall of any imperfections. Exterior walls sometimes require cleaning, which can be as simple as a light wipe down with sugar soap/warm soapy water, or may require a high-pressure wash, including a pre-foaming solution to break down excess dirt and grime.

 

Location

We are excited to service Victoria and Australia-wide. However, our home office is based in Melbourne. Any jobs that are further than 2 hours from our home office require us to stay overnight. In our quotes, we charge the client for overnight accommodation, fuel and meal allowances. This usually costs around $250 - $350 per night.

 

As you can see, the pricing of wall murals can vary considerably. If the artist you have selected for your project provides you with a cheap estimate of cost, it may be worth asking if they have included any of the above-mentioned items in this estimate. Given the information provided in this blog, it could be worthwhile enquiring further about the quality and choice of the products they plan to use for your mural. We hope this information has been valuable and has helped answer the question of how much does a wall mural cost.

Let's face it, nobody wants their business to be generic. Every business's ultimate goal is to stand out in often over-crowded industries and be a product or service provider with something unique to offer. Just as it's important to have this unique offering, it's equally important to have your place of business stand out; visually appealing office spaces have more of an impact on passers-by than their bland counterparts.

Every business relies on signage to be successful, whether it be a cafe, sporting store, or even a bank. Without good signage, passers-by are less likely to notice a business, so it's vital to not only have signage that is highly visible, but which stands out and is memorable.

Most businesses rely solely on general signage, which includes window prints, vinyl graphics, printed signs, and router cut lettering. These options are extremely common, leaving little room to stand out in the crowd. These types of signage also come with the cost of extensive repair work, due to the usage of screws, glue, or nails to attach them to the building's exterior, causing unsightly damage should they ever need to be removed.

Fortunately, common, generic signage methods are not your only option when it comes to branding and marketing. We believe that having a custom wall mural is a fantastic and unique way to increase the visibility and identification of your business.

To provide a working example of this, let’s use a veterinarian clinic.

This vet clinic has a main road presence in a prime location. While general signage can alert drivers to the clinic, it's sometimes hard to differentiate between the vet clinic and neighbouring businesses. If a business's signage is not clear it can create not only an inconvenience, but a road hazard for drivers who have to slow down, check maps, and search for street numbers. Instead, this clinic can take advantage of its large open wall and great location - imagine the visibility of a custom-designed, beautifully handcrafted, detailed piece of artwork on their building. Imagine a large, colourful portrait of a cute dog, or a collage of fuzzy friends beaming at passers-by.

With this approach, the vet clinic now becomes highly visible and unique, which allows for easier identification and encourages foot-traffic. The result is an engaging atmosphere for whoever may be driving, riding or walking past the business. This can lead to increased exposure through social media platforms and word of mouth as people share photos of the mural and discuss it with others.

From the example above, you can see how beneficial a custom wall mural can be when looking to brand or market your business. The visual impact of a unique piece of wall art offers a step up on local competition's generic signage.

Remember, if you're paying for a building, you're paying for a blank canvas. So, why not use this as a tool to start engaging with the community and bring in new customers!

People love different and engaging atmospheres - use this to your advantage!

(Above: A public wall mural in the detailing phase of the painting process. You can read more about the artwork in our portfolio.) 

THE PRE-PAINTING PROCESS

Designing the Mural

The wall mural painting process begins with an initial consultation. This consultation serves to identify what the client’s vision and goals are for their mural, inspect the area where the mural is to be painted, and come up with a suitable budget.

After the initial consultation, our talented artists create a digital design based on the client’s requirements, taking into account time and budget constraints, themes, colours, and the size of the wall. Once complete, the design is sent to the client for approval before painting preparation can begin.

Paint Selection

We use specialty artists’ acrylic enamel for our wall murals. The acrylic paints are colour matched as closely as possible to the approved design, using a colour chart or printed copy of the design.

Cleaning the Wall

Depending on the condition of the wall it may need to be cleaned. This could be as simple as giving it a quick wash with sugar soap or, for much grimier concrete and brick walls, they may need washing using a high-pressure water jet.

Some walls may also require sanding, specifically colourbond or sheet metal surfaces, due to their shiny coating. Sanding helps to roughen up the surface and allows the undercoat to bond correctly. Without sanding, there is a risk that the paint may peel or flake off.

Masking / Taping

To ensure the site is left in its original condition, we take the appropriate time to tape and mask around the working area. This can include covering the ground with fabric drop sheets and, if necessary, using drop sheets to cover countertops, tables, or anything which cannot be removed from the area during painting.

We use a high-quality masking tape which ensures no glue residue is left behind and that the original paint remains untouched.

Priming the Wall

Most walls require a primer or undercoat. This not only helps the adhesion of the paint, but also provides longevity to the mural. We use a high-quality undercoat to prevent reactions with the acrylic enamel spray paint.

THE WALL MURAL PAINTING PROCESS

Scaling the Artwork

Once the wall has been properly washed, primed, and protected, it is ready for the mural to be painted. We mark out the wall drawing on the work-space using a grid system to ensure the mural is proportionate and matches the approved artwork.

Painting the Wall Mural

Once the artwork has been marked out, we begin adding outlines, creating the shape and overall appearance of the design, matching the artwork as closely as possible.

After the outlines have been painted, we begin adding in the detail and bringing the mural to life. This process involves adding layers of colour to create the shapes which make up the imagery of the design. The detailing step is the longest part of the mural painting process, but also the most visual, and rewarding.

Final Inspection

When the mural is finished, we check over the entire wall to ensure the artwork matches as closely as possible to the original design, and check that the wall has remained clean.

(Above: Anti Graffiti Coatings protect your walls from unsightly tagging, allowing it to be easily, quickly, and cheaply cleaned off.) 

If you’ve looked into having an outdoor wall mural painted, you’ve likely had concerns about the artwork being vandalized. Not only is graffiti and tagging unsightly, and difficult to remove, it can also cause serious damage to your custom painted wall mural.

Thankfully, there’s now an easy way to combat this. We offer a variety of anti graffiti coatings, ranging from affordable single pack anti graffiti clear coats, to the even more effective two-pack coats.

WHAT IS AN ANTI GRAFFITI COATING?

Anti Graffiti Coatings are a clear protective barrier applied to solid surfaces. We use these coatings to protect our wall mural artwork from sun damage, harsh weather, and graffiti. As an added benefit, surfaces with a clear anti graffiti coating applied are easier to clean and maintain than those without.
Our clear coatings are available in both single-pack and two-pack varieties.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINGLE-PACK AND TWO-PACK ANTI GRAFFITI COATINGS?

The difference between the single-pack and the two-pack is durability and washability.
The single pack allows 2-3 cleans using a spray paint removal product which you can find at most hardware stores. Selleys Muck Off is a great product which we highly recommend.
The two-pack clear coat is designed to allow up to 10 cleans using the same product, this is achieved by mixing a hardener into the clear enamel.
Both the single pack and the two-pack offer fantastic UV protection, which we strongly recommend to ensure the longevity of your mural if the wall is impacted by the sun on a regular basis. Without the clear coat protection you may find that the artwork fades over time.

HOW IS THE ANTI GRAFFITI COATING APPLIED?

The single-pack is relatively easy and quick to apply. The product is poured into a tray and applied to the wall surface using a paint roller, while being sure not to use excessive clear coat product. The coating solution is then rolled on vertically and as evenly as possible, making sure there are no drips or lines of clear coat left to dry, as these will be visible on the mural once fully dried. For the single-pack protection a minimum of two coats is required.
The two-pack is trickier to apply as it involves measuring out how much product is required before adding a mixing agent. Once added, the mixture is stirred until both the clear coat and the mixing agent are thoroughly combined. The two-pack application is similar to the single-pack, however the two-pack must be completely dry before applying the second coat.
For more information on our protective clear coats, if you have any general questions, or if you’re interested in our custom wall mural design and painting services, please feel free to get in touch.

(Above: Local business Knox Vet Clinic has gained social media attention thanks to passers-by posing for photos with their new custom wall mural located on the exterior wall of their practice. You can read more about the artwork in our portfolio.

If you’re looking for new ways to grow your business, expand your reach, and attract new customers to your growing fanbase, it may be worth investing in a custom wall mural.

Whether indoor or outdoor, custom wall murals, such as the ones we create at Graphic Enhancement, have the power to expand your business in a whole new way. With the potential for social media attention, as well as their ability to completely change the vibe of your business space, a custom wall mural can only benefit your business.

Here are seven reasons why we believe your business will benefit from its own custom wall mural…

INCREASE FOOT TRAFFIC TO YOUR STOREFRONT

When potential customers walk by a strip of cafe’s and eateries, there are numerous factors which contribute to their decision to stop and enter a particular store. One important factor is the atmosphere.

A unique business with an eye-catching custom wall mural will undoubtedly stand out from the rest. Indoor murals can create a talking point for customers, while outdoor murals attract passers-by, who are then inclined to check out your interior.

GENERATE SOCIAL MEDIA ATTENTION

These days everyone is on social media, whether it’s Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. It’s easy to take advantage of this and let the public advertise your business for you using a custom wall mural.
Murals in many cases have even become popular tourist attractions in various cities. From the outdoor art galleries of Germany’s Berlin Wall to the mysterious graffiti alleyways of our very own city of Melbourne, Victoria’s Silo Art Trail, or Prague’s famous John Lennon Wall, murals play an important role in the art scene of modern society.
People love creativity and appreciate hand painted artworks in an age of digital media. Whether passers-by are stopping to have their photo taken in front of your mural, or taking a photo of the wall itself, your mural has the potential to reach millions online through the power of social media sharing.

DISPLAY YOUR MENU OR SERVICES IN A UNIQUE WAY

If you offer a service and want to stand out from the competition, a custom wall mural is a great way to do so.

Wall murals are a great way to show off what your business has to offer using art. Spice up your pizza shop with pizza-topping covered walls, paint coffee beans across the front of your cafe counter or create an entire visual menu directly onto your walls. Whether you specialise in selling coffee, kebabs or even craft brewed beer – the sky is the limit!

Custom artwork can also help to attract a certain audience. Show off Jazz Night at your live music venue with a portrait of a jazz player, advertise your used-car dealership with a portrait of your favourite classic vehicle.

LEAVE AN IMPRESSION ON CUSTOMERS

One of the most important aspects of growing any business is the ability to attract and retain customers. A unique, custom wall mural allows you the opportunity to leave a lasting impression.
Often it’s businesses offering something a little bit different which stand out and stick in the minds of past customers. Imagery which is unique to your business makes them more likely to remember you, seek you out again in the future, and recommend you to friends and family.

TRANSFORM YOUR BUSINESS SPACE

Custom wall murals are a great way of expanding a small space. A well-designed painted mural or canvas art, coupled with great interior design, can transform any size space into a room which appears much larger than it is.
Alternatively, murals can take large, empty spaces and transform them into cosy, warm areas for customers to enjoy all your business has to offer.
Not only can murals transform the size of a room, but they can also alter the feel. If you’re sick of rooms with bland boring walls feeling cold and empty, what better way to breathe new life into them than by adding beautiful custom artwork – which also provides a great, unique talking point for your customers!

SHOW OFF YOUR BUSINESS BRANDING

Office spaces can be notoriously boring, but custom wall art is a great way to brighten up the office while also reinforcing your branding or brand message.
The ways branding can be used in your murals are almost limitless, however, a few popular ways to incorporate it include:

PREVENT GRAFFITI AND TAGGING

It’s not uncommon for businesses with blank walls to face constant graffiti attacks, resulting in unpleasant, unprofessional-looking scrawl all over their business.
Custom graffiti art and wall murals are a great way to ward off the taggers responsible. Displaying a respectable piece of artwork means vandals are less likely to target your walls, compared to unpainted signs, fences, and walls which are often covered in unappealing scribble.
By displaying your own custom artwork, you’re ensuring that your wall is decorated with art that not only looks great but which is completely legal and doesn’t need to be regularly scrubbed off.
With so many benefits to your business, there’s little reason not to have a custom-designed wall mural for your business. Long-term they will pay for themselves in the form of great publicity, client retention and creating a more positive environment for your employees.
For ideas on how a wall mural could best be utilised by your business, if you have any general questions, or if you’re interested in our custom wall mural design and painting services, please feel free to get in touch.

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