Removing graffiti

We offer resources and tips for removing graffiti.

Overview

The City offers free quarts of graffiti removal solvent at all Minneapolis fire stations.

The solvent works well on most unpainted surfaces such as brick and stucco. For best results, follow these tips:

  • Remove graffiti as soon as possible.
  • Apply the removal solvent to a small area first and check the results before using it on the entire area.

Best practices

  • Apply the remover and let it soak in to the surface. Scrub with a vinyl or wire brush and rinse with water.
  • The solvent is best for removing small amounts of graffiti or graffiti applied with a marker.
  • Be careful when using the remover on a painted surface. It can remove the original paint.
  • If possible, it's best to paint over graffiti on painted surfaces.

Read about painting over graffiti 

Ideal weather conditions

Graffiti removal is more successful in dry weather. Rain, snow and high humidity can make graffiti removal solvents less effective.

We recommend following these temperature guidelines:

Fire station solvent

17 degrees or higher

Other solvents

Most temperatures1

Pressure washer

32 degrees or higher to prevent icing

Sandblasting

Any temperature, depending on surface type


1. Follow manufacturer instructions.

Report graffiti

Report graffiti online or call 311. If possible, take pictures of the graffiti and send them with your report.

Contact us

Clean City Coordinator

Phone

612-673-2789

Address

Eastside Maintenance Facility
2635 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday

This building is closed to the public.