Painting Over Graffiti
Free paint is available at Hennepin County Free Product Centers. When graffiti is on a painted surface, the best course of action is to cover it with paint.
- Paint over graffiti as soon as possible.
- Avoid covering graffiti with blocks of an alternate color, this provides a “picture-frame” for vandals, and could make your property a desirable target for future tagging.
- Do not trace over the letters or symbols with paint, apply matching paint in the shape of a square or rectangle larger than the tagging and blend the edges. Always try to remove graffiti from surfaces that have never been painted. Painting over unpainted surfaces such as stucco and brick can make the surface much more difficult to maintain in the future.
- The City of Minneapolis has the right to abate graffiti without notice to the property owner.
Report graffiti online or to Minneapolis 311. Homeowners and reporters of graffiti are encouraged to take photographs of the graffiti and include them with the report. First, put a primer coat over the graffiti. Follow up with a coat of matching exterior paint.
Graffiti abatement and weather guidelines:
Graffiti abatement is more successful in weather that is relatively dry. Rain, snow, and high-humidity can cause paint to dry uneven or hinder the paint over process.
Acrylic Paint 32 Degrees or warmer Enamel Paint 22 degrees or warmer Latex Paint 50 Degrees or warmer *
32 Degrees or warmer
22 degrees or warmer
50 Degrees or warmer *
*Some paint providers sell an additive that allows for painting in temperatures of 32 degrees or less.
Last updated Apr 30, 2014