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Graffiti Removal

How is Graffiti Removed?

When the graffiti technician arrives at the graffitied site, he will inspect the damage and determine the proper method for removal.

  • Water Blasting

    High pressure water blasting may be used to remove graffiti from walls, sidewalks, or buildings. However, water blasting is not always practical. Repeated water blasting wears away the wall's surface and over time will cause deterioration. If a wall is continually marked with graffiti, the technician will usually paint out the graffiti.

  • Paint-Out

    If the decision is made to paint out the graffiti, the graffiti technician will select the closest match possible to the graffitied item. The graffiti truck is stocked with several paint colors so it is almost always possible to find a very close match.

  • Biodegradable Chemicals

    Certain surfaces can be cleaned with a biodegradable chemical. This type of removal is usually used on metal or glazed surfaces and for relatively small amounts of graffiti.

How Quickly is Graffiti Removed?
The response time may vary by a few days either way, depending on when the request for removal is placed. However, on the average, it takes three working days or less for graffiti to be removed once it has been reported. If you notice it has been over three days and the graffiti is still there, please call the graffiti hotline to let us know. It may be that the graffiti technician could not locate or access the graffiti, or perhaps the same location was graffitied again.

Although much of the technician's work is based on citizens' requests for service, he also removes graffiti he observes while traveling between graffiti sites.

Quick Response
If you report graffiti that is profane or a racial slur, the Maintenance Services Department makes a special effort to remove it the same day the request is placed. If the request is made after hours, it will be handled promptly on the following business day.


When is Graffiti Removed?
Graffiti is removed during the regular operating hours of the Maintenance Services Department:

Monday through Thursday—6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Alternate Fridays - 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(The City is closed every other Friday)


Who Removes Graffiti?

Graffiti is removed by City personnel.  The Maintenance Services Department has designated three employees and two trucks equipped with graffiti removal materials to clean up graffiti.  To have graffiti removed, call the 24-hour Graffiti Hotline at (714) 738-3108.

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