How to Give a New Breath to Your Mailbox
When we visit someone’s house, a mailbox is a thing that comes into our notice at first stance. Situated outside any home, it really reflects the lifestyle of a homeowner. So, how is your mailbox? Is it good or in a need of some makeover? Well, if your mailbox is old and in a need of some makeover, these quick and easy DIY Mailbox Makeover techniques will show you how to do that effectively, take a look!!
First and Foremost:
Locate a place with excellent ventilation to work in. Once you find a suitable place, simply spread out a drop cloth over your working table and nearby items to protect them from overspray. Also, if your Mailbox has a flag, house number, stickers or any additional thing, you should remove them prior to start anything.
Now, gather all the supplies that you will need to do the job at one place. Below mentioned are the things that you will require to complete this task, take a look.
- Drop Cloth
- Latex Gloves
- Medium Grit Sanding Sponge
- Respirator Mask
- Lint-Free Cloth
- Screw Driver
- Painter’s Tape
- Letter Stencils
- Sand Paper
- Rust-Oleum Professional Aluminum Primer
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Primer
- Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Gloss Protective Enamel – Gloss Black
- Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Gloss Protective Enamel – Sunrise Red
- Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic – Pure Gold
Step 1: Sand the Mailbox, Flags, and Numbers
The key to a long-lasting paint job is good preparation!!
To end up with a perfectly painted object, you have to start with a perfectly smooth surface and for that, you will want to sand it first. By removing scratches, dents and rough edges, sanding adds in enhancing inter-coat adhesion to the surface of the object. So, your first goal is sand the mailbox and using medium grit sanding sponge. Now, wipe down the sanded mailbox with a soapy cloth. Do this process of sanding again, until the metal no longer has a glossy surface. Now, do a final wipe to the entire mailbox and make sure it is free from all the debris.
Likewise, the mailbox, sand the flag and its numbers as well. Afterwards, set them aside for the further application.
Step 2: Prime the Mailbox
Primer plays a pretty important role in a good paint job by providing both adhesion and corrosion protection to the surface. So, you should prime the mailbox before to paint on it. If you are dealing with the aluminum surface, it is recommended to use Rust-Oleum Professional Aluminum Primer as it specifically studied for aluminum surface and can easily stop paint from blistering, flaking and peeling off. You can also use painter’s touch primer to prime the mailbox and the flag as well. After then let the mailbox and flag set aside and dry them thoroughly.
Note: Spray paints are ready to use yet they require a proper application, by following the correct technique of application you can get an effective result as well as avoid any sudden injuries. See the below-mentioned video of how to spray paint – Tips and Techniques!!
Step 3: Spray Paint the Mailbox and Flag
After letting mailbox dries completely, apply Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Gloss Black Spray Paint to the entire mailbox. Before to start painting on it, read the instruction carefully mentioned on the side of the cane.
As instructed, first shake the spray-cane vigorously for a minute and make sure that mixing balls start to rattle. Hold the cane upright 10-16” from the surface and apply 2-3 coats in the study back and forth motion. Keep in mind to a gap of few minutes between each coat. After then, allow painted surface to dry completely.
Likewise, paint the flag using Gloss Protective Enamel Spray Paint Follow the same technique you did for spray painting the mailbox.
Step 4: Spray Paint the Mailbox Number
Following the same procedure, you used for spray painting the mailbox and flag, paint the mailbox numbers. You can use Pure Gold Universal Metallic Spray Paint to paint the numbers. Next, allow the numbers to dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: Add Latter Stencils to the Mailbox
Once the painted mailbox is thoroughly dry, tape the desired letter stencils to the front of the box with the even space between each. Use the American Accents Metallic Leafing Pen – Gold to fill in the letters. Let them dry at least for 2-4 hours before recoating if needed.
Step 6: Attach the Mailbox and Numbers to the Post
Attach your house numbers to the post in order to finish your mailbox makeover. Also, reattach the mailbox to the base using screws. Use new hardware if required.
Finally, enjoy your all-new mailbox.