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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: 

Step 1: Report it

Call 911 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.

Step 2: 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.