Manufactured in Chicago, but distributed and sold by Cougar Chemical Co. right here in Memphis, Taginator is a potassium hydroxide-based application.
"It's a chemical that basically attacks the paint," said Cougar Chemical's Billy Fields.
It is designed to remove graffiti or unwanted paint from porous concrete or brick surfaces.
In our testing, it worked like magic, even on surfaces it's not designed to treat.
Cougar Chemical Co.'s Billy and Michael Fields (no relation!) applied Taginator to graffiti that blighted the unpainted brick wall of Barbara Houck's business at 1982 Madison Ave. Using a pressure washer, they hosed down the chemical after letting it sit for a while.
Taginator bubbled and broke down the graffiti paint, stripping it right off the wall without bleaching or staining.
"Oh, wow! That's fantastic!" said Houck. "I mean, it's like it was never there!"
We tried Taginator on gang graffiti pock-marking the painted cinder block of County Glass, 5137 Old Summer Rd.
"If you're on a painted surface, you have to be careful that the paint underneath the graffiti isn't a less quality than the graffiti itself," Billy Fields said.
Taginator eliminated the gang graffiti on the painted cinder block like an eraser on a blackboard -- without removing the wall's base paint.
It also removed graffiti from the metal siding of Jim and Carol Bullington's auto repair shop at 1510 Cherry Rd, although it also stripped some of the siding's paint.
"It did a great job," Jim Bullington observed.
It comes in quart-size bottles for around $25, gallon containers for $75 or 5-gallon drums for $250. Cougar Chemical Co. will also apply it for consumers at an extra service charge.
It can be purchased at the company's warehouse, 3725 Getwell Rd., or through its website, CougarChemical.com.