Let's Get Rid of the Graffiti
Portland, Maine is on a mission to wipe out graffiti on homes and businesses. It is asking residents to help out.
Step 1: Report it
Even if you plan to clean up the graffiti yourself, make a report first. The best way to report graffiti is to call 911 if it is a crime in progress. If you are unable to make a police report, the next best thing is to file an online graffiti report using Fix It! Portland. Use the Fix It! Portland reporting system for any graffiti you notice on city property as well.
If you want to report information about taggers anonymously, text the keyword “GOTCHA” and your tip and photo to 274637 (CRIMES). You will immediately receive a response confirming receipt of your message. To submit additional information, just send a reply.
Step 2: Remove it
If the graffiti is on your property, it’s your responsibility to clean it up. Property owners not cooperating in keeping their property graffiti-free will be referred to the Department of Code Enforcement and may be subjected to penalties and fines. If you are not able to remove the graffiti on your own, assistance with removal may be available through the LearningWorks Graffiti Busters program.
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.
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 photograph it if possible.
- First, put a primer coat over the graffiti. Follow up with a coat of exterior paint.
- The City of Portland has the right to abate graffiti without notice to the property owner.
Step 3: Prevent it
Please see the crime prevention section of our website for information on preventing graffiti on your property.