Rust-Oleum Project

Refinish a Rusty Mailbox

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  • Estimated Project Time:

    Approximately 2 hour

  • Challenge Level:


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Mailbox
    • Drop Cloth
    • Wire Brush
    • Bucket of Soapy Water
    • Sponge or Cleaning Cloth
    • Painter's Tape
    • Number Stencils
    • Gloves

You've been in your house forever. It's time to renew your subscription to a shiny red mailbox. 

  1. To begin, you'll need to remove the mailbox if it's on a post and make sure it's clean and dry.
  2. Next, cover anything on the mailbox you don't want to paint, such as the flag, with painter's tape.
  3. Find a well-ventilated area, such as your garage, and lay down a drop cloth to protect the floor and other nearby items. 
  4. Prepare the spray paint by shaking the can for at least 1 minute after you hear the mixing ball begin to rattle. 
  5. You're ready to paint! Aim the can approximately 10" from the surface and spray 2-3 light coats of paint onto the mailbox, waiting a few minutes in between each coat. 
  6. Once your final coat of paint has been applied, let the mailbox dry for at least 20 minutes before removing the painter's tape and 1 hour before the next step. 
  7. Now, you can add your address numbers. Stencil them on with white spray paint or hand-paint them if you have artistic flair. 
  8. Let all the paint dry for at least 1 hour before  reattaching your mailbox to the post.