Caring for Painted Mailboxes
should come with a weather resistant coating of some sort in order to
protect the paint from the outside elements. If you were to hand paint
your own mailbox you would want to make sure to coat it, too, unless you
want to repaint it every month or two. If you purchase a painted mailbox,
check to see what kind of coating it has on it and if it offers no
coating, you might want to look for another mailbox that will be more
durable and last longer before spending your money.
Even a coated, weather resistant painted
mailbox needs to be cared for because it will eventually wear with time.
The following are some tips to care for your painted mailbox.
Keep it clean
Regularly clean your painted mailbox with a
mild soap and a soft cloth. The soft cloth will prevent any scratches in
the paint and the mild soap shouldn’t cause any damage to the weather
resistant coating. It is especially important to keep your painted mailbox
clear of bird droppings because these can be very corrosive to paint and
Protect from scratching and rusting
The one thing that can ruin a painted
mailbox quicker than anything is scratching from the flag going up and
down and rusting from metal screws. Make sure to use rust resistant screws
and plastic washers, and to fill any holes with silicone to prevent
mailboxes come without the flag being installed and you will need to
install it yourself. This is good because you can pad the flag before you
install it to keep it from scratching up your painted mailbox. Get some of
those chair pads that are sticky on one side and soft felt on the other
and place two or three of them on the underside of the flag before
installing it. Be sure not to make the flag too tight or even the felt can
cause minor scratching, but it does need to be tight enough to stay up
when you need it to.
Once a year, if you live in an area with
usually normal weather (not too harsh, not too wet, not too hot or cold)
then you can protect your painted mailbox by applying a coat of car wax
once a year. Make sure that the wax has UV protection and is a good,
quality brand. In areas with harsher weather or in extremely hot climates,
apply the wax more than once a year.
A painted mailbox will be a beautiful addition to any home that will make
all of the neighbors envious and want one, too. This is especially true
when it looks brand new. You can keep your painted mailbox looking brand
new for many by following these simple tips.
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