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Utah State Capitol gets chemical treatment to prevent future vandalism

Capitol restoration
Posted at 4:53 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 18:53:49-04

SALT LAKE CITY — To prevent future vandalism of the Utah State Capitol, restoration crews are applying a sealant along the base of the historic building.

On Wednesday, FOX 13 observed crews removing the chemicals that were used to get rid of graffiti that was spray painted on the Capitol during violent protests last month. Then, a sealant will be applied to prevent future vandalism.

"We want to make sure that we've restored the Capitol the best way that we can and prevent any future problems," said Allyson Gamble, the executive director of the Capitol Preservation Board, which oversees the grounds.

The sealant is designed to block future graffiti from sticking to the porous granite stone. It is being installed at a cost of about $15,000. Vandalism to the Capitol during the protests was estimated to be about $40,000. However, Gamble said, restoration crews turned up and volunteered their time -- saving taxpayers money.