Graffiti damages nationwide surpass an estimated $1 billion dollars per year. Not only does graffiti affect the property owner directly, but the surrounding neighborhood and community as a whole.
Combating graffiti is a two-step process:
- Report it - Call 9-1-1 to report vandalism in progress. Even if you plan to clean up the graffiti yourself, make a report first. The best way to report graffiti is to call (650) 991-8119.
- Remove it - If the graffiti is on your property, it is your responsibility to clean it up. Property owners who do not cooperate in keeping their property graffiti-free will be referred to the Department of Code Enforcement and may be subjected to penalties and fines.
Graffiti Removal Solvent
The solvent works well on all surfaces, including stucco, natural brick and cement. When using on porous surfaces, such as brick or stucco, apply the solvent and let it soak, then agitate with a vinyl or wire brush and rinse with water. Best results are achieved when using a power washer to rinse solvent.
Be careful when using the solvent on a painted surface, since it can remove the original paint. Best results on painted surfaces are achieved when removing small amounts of graffiti or graffiti from a marker.
Retailers such as Lowe's, Home Depot or similar carry graffiti removal solvent.
Painting Over Graffiti
When graffiti is on a painted surface, the best course of action is to cover it with paint.
Before painting over the graffiti, make sure it is reported and that City crews photographed it. First, put a primer coat over the graffiti. Follow up with a coat of exterior paint.
The City of Daly City has the right to abate graffiti without notice to the property owner.