Beaverton graffiti cleared with special paint

Home Depot approached Beaverton police to help with the project

Home Depot provided anti-graffiti paint to this overpass in Beaverton, September 22, 2016 (KOIN)
Home Depot provided anti-graffiti paint to this overpass in Beaverton, September 22, 2016 (KOIN)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — An overpass repeatedly tagged with graffiti is getting a clean up with an anti-graffiti paint cover.

The graffiti has been an issue along Tualatin Valley Highway west of SW 153rd for years.

“Over the years this has been painted 20 or 30 times,” said Beaverton Police Officer Mark Barrowcliff. “(It) cost us thousands and thousands of dollars.”

Recently, homeless camps and overgrown brush were cleared out and in April 2016, the graffiti was painted over.

The graffiti reappeared within two weeks.

“If you go back on the bike path, it’s clearly visible,” said Barrowcliff. “It creates more problems.”

Home Depot contacted the Beaverton Police Department and said they wanted to help with a community project. They settled on getting rid of the graffiti with the special paint and coating.

“The special sauce, so to speak, with graffiti is a coating,” said Home Depot manager Andrew Higdon. “It’s anti-graffiti coating that will be applied after it dries.”

The coating keeps any new paint water-soluble, so graffiti can simply be wiped away.

Beaverton Police knew of the anti-graffiti coating years ago, but they haven’t been able to afford it.

“Cities and places like this, it’d be thousands to put the anti-graffiti paint on,” Barrowcliff. “But it lasts forever.”

Home Depot has committed to continue helping clean up other areas of graffiti in Beaverton.

“We do have a couple more graffiti locations and some distressed areas that we’re going to help clean site on, and obviously improve the aesthetics,” said Higdon.

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