Helpful tips from one of your neighbors:
1.) Product Information: Creekers are going to want to seek out exterior spray paint that’s made for weather and rust proof. I like Rustoleum brand. They will need a high gloss red (this is it’s actual name, so not brick red or flame red or such) and a flat black. Be careful, because a lot of the blacks are satin or high gloss which is against HOA regulations. If you plan on painting your numbers (which I recommend) you will need a basic brass. You will also need a clear protective finishing spray (again made for outdoors and rust proof.) Otherwise you will be painting every couple months from the fade caused by the sun. You should also grab a large paint brush to catch any drips on the pole and smaller brushes for the numbers.
2.) Take off the flag (most of us need a philips head screwdriver for this) and scrub and sand as needed. Go ahead and get the mailbox ready as well by scrubbing it and sanding off any peeling paint. If you want to try taking the numbers off and cleaning them with a product like Brasso or Bar Keeper’s Friend, then now is the time to unscrew the number plate. I don’t usually do this because most of us have numbers that don’t come off easily and it’s easier to paint over the numbers later.
3.) Spray both sides of flag and allow to dry. Once dry, apply the clear coat.
4.) Use short quick sprays and apply the black paint evenly to the box and the post. The post might run so be ready to catch any drips with the brush. You don’t want drips to dry. Let dry and apply an extra coat. Be careful of any cars parked nearby, plants, and grasses. You can cover nearby objects with large trash bags or drop cloths.
5.) Once everything is off, you can either go back and paint the numbers brass (I personally think this is the best option) or you can try and remove the numbers, spray the plate black, then try and clean the numbers. Brasso or Bar Keepers Clean can potentially get them shiny and brassy again.
6.) Once everything is dry, you can put the flag back on and the number plate if you’ve taken it off. At that point, I highly recommend applying the clear protective coat evenly to everything to prevent against sun fading.
I did notice with ours that the door did not stay closed and I’ve noticed in working on the neighbors that a lot of them have mixing washers causing their flags to drop…all easy fixes 🙂
Hope this helps!