Graffiti Removal

There are various ways to treat graffiti and a range of available products including:
 
  • Painting over the surface in a dark colour, graffiti shows up more on light coloured surfaces
  • Applying chemicals designed to remove graffiti or using solvents to help remove paint and
  • Sandblasting or water-blasting.
NOTE: Council does not endorse any particular product or manufacturer.  
 

Fee for service

Council is not responsible for removing graffiti on buildings it does not own. 
 
Graffiti to be removed from private property including fencing is at the owner's expense.   

There are companies listed in the Yellow Pages who can remove the graffiti for you at a cost.

Council can provide a paid, Graffiti Removal Service and attempt to obscure or remove graffiti using available materials on private and commercial buildings.

The cost of removal is $57.55 per square metre as per Newcastle City Council  Fees & Charges Register 2017/2018 (pdf)
*Removal of graffiti only and no remedial painting is included in this cost.
 

Graffiti Removal Tips

If the graffiti is on a painted surface, sometimes it’s easiest to paint over it. Remove as much of the graffiti as possible before painting. Some graffiti markers tend to bleed through the new coat of paint so use a sealer coat before painting the whole surface. Do a test on a small area first to see if this will happen.

Choose a dark colour to paint out graffiti, the marks are less likely to show through and the colour will make the site less attractive to other graffiti vandals.
 

Chemical removal

The most reliable chemical method is to use a product designed specifically to remove graffiti, which is available from many hardware stores.

Sometimes graffiti can be removed with liquid laundry or dish washing detergent. These may remove felt pen graffiti from glass, aluminium, terrazzo, smooth cement and similar surfaces. Liquid cleansers, eucalyptus oil, solvents and mineral turpentine can also be effective.

If aerosol paint has been used on an unpainted surface, be sure to act quickly. Paint will quickly penetrate absorbent surfaces like porous brickwork and is difficult to remove.

Important: Whatever chemical you use, make sure you follow the safety procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
 

Solvents and other products

It is possible to remove graffiti from your own property with the help of specialist products. New and improved graffiti removal products regularly appear on the market. Phone your local hardware store to check on current availability.

Always ask for the least toxic product to protect yourself from harm while removing graffiti. Council does not endorse any particular product or manufacturer.

Some examples of graffiti removal products are:
 
  • Muck off
  • So-Safe Graffiti Remover
  • Graffiti Remover
  • Guardian Graffiti Remover
  • Goodbye Graffiti.
As these products may contain toxic substances, please take all precautions recommended by the manufacturer.
 

Mechanical removal

If you want to remove extensive aerosol graffiti from an unpainted surface, it may be best to have it sand or water blasted. Look in the Yellow Pages under Cleaning Contractors.
 

Colourbond surfaces

There are specific products that can be used to remove graffiti off colourbond surfaces. View the following  fact sheets for more information.

NOTE - Council does not endorse any particular product or manufacturer.