Do-It-Yourself Graffiti Removal

Do It Yourself

The Graffiti NABBers urge residents to solve graffiti problems yourselves.

Report Big Problems

  1. Call 911 immediately to report a big significant new tag to the Boston Police.  This creates a police record that becomes critical in prosecuting the court cast when the vandal is arrested.  Photograph the tag for your records, including location, date, and time, and remove the graffiti as soon as possible.
  2. Request removal of a large tag on the first story of a brick or stone building by the City of Boston’s Graffiti Busters.  Make the request on the City of Boston’s website under Mayor’s 24-Hour Constituent Service at or via the free Citizens Connect app on your iPhone or Android.  Inform the Graffiti NABBers by emailing Anne Swanson at so we can confirm whether we have permission to clean the property.


Solve Small Problems

  1. Remove graffiti using Goof Off or Goof Off Graffiti Remover, or paint over graffiti using matching spray paint.
  2. Use razor-blade scrapers and Goof Off to remove stickers.
  3. Take care not to damage the surface of street signs by spraying the solvent on a paper towel and carefully wiping the affected area.
  4. Remove expired signage, tape, string, plastic cord, gum, and other litter.


Sources of Graffiti Removal Supplies and Paint

These companies sell appropriate products and provide advice on tools and techniques.

Johnson Paint Company
355 Newbury Street
(617) 536-4244

Back Bay Hardware
233 Newbury Street
(617) 536-0913