Participate in Graffiti Removal

A volunteer works to remove unauthorized graffiti from a utility box.
The City of Portland's Graffiti Volunteer Program provides supplies to community members interested in removing unwanted graffiti on public and private properties (with permission from the property owner).

Please email for more detailed information on how to volunteer.

Request a Clean It Up, Paint It Up Kit

Civic Life’s Graffiti Program has partnered with MetroPaint, a service of Metro to launch a “Clean it Up, Paint it Up” initiative that provides free cleaning and painting kits to the community. The “Clean it Up, Paint it Up” initiative provides free cleaning and painting kits to the community. These kits aim to help community members and small businesses clean, paint and brighten up their spaces.

Both kits (see descriptions of kits below) will be available to pick up at the MetroPaint Swan Island location starting Friday, Aug. 20, and there are plans to expand distribution through other locations and organizations. 

To find out more and pick up your free kit—please call (503) 289-0047

Clean it Up Kit
A solvent-based kit for smaller tag removal on surfaces like glass, metal, and plastic. Each kit contains Cleansweep spray solution, bucket, plastic scraper, gloves, safety glasses and microfiber cloth.

Paint it Up Kit
These kits come with up to five gallons of MetroPaint from a selection of limited edition colors. Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, these kits can be used where permission has been granted to freshen up a space or mitigate graffiti. All kits include a roller, roller tray, roller cover, a three-inch paint brush and painter’s tape.

Get a Graffiti Removal Kit

If you need to remove a small amount of graffiti from your home or business, our graffiti removal kits are the perfect way to get started.

The kits work best on nonporous surfaces like glass, plastic and metal, and are not suitable for removing large graffiti. Graffiti on wooden fences, sidewalks or other porous surfaces will likely require pressure-washing.

To request a removal kit, please email or call us at 503-823-9666.

Volunteers are never allowed to remove graffiti from the fronts of any street signs. Please contact us with questions about different types of graffiti removal.

For more questions, please email us at or call us at 503-823-9666.

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Graffiti Program Coordinator