How to Paint a Metal Mailbox

What You'll Need
Wire brush
Primer spray paint
Metal spray paint
Red metal paint
Painter's tape
Foam brush
Drop cloth

Your mailbox sees a lot of wear over the years as it is constantly attacked by the elements but give it a fresh look when you learn how to paint metal mailboxes. You can paint metal mailboxes in no time when you learn how to do it. All you need are some common supplies and a bit of metal paint. The following article will show you how to correctly paint metal mailboxes in no time at all.

Step 1 - Prepare the Mailbox for Painting

When you paint metal you need to do so in a well ventilated area and with a drop cloth in place. Always use a drop cloth regardless if you are inside working or in your yard. The paint can easily destroy a floor and kill a lawn. In order to paint the mailbox, you need to remove it from the mailbox post. Use the screwdriver to do this by turning the screws to the left to loosen them. Put the screws in a safe place. Take the mailbox to the area where you will be working. Saturate a rag in the hot water and wring out the excess. Wipe the metal mailbox down to remove any dirt, excess moisture or oil that has formed on the metal. Use a clean rag to dry the mailbox. Check the mailbox for any signs of rust. Use the wire brush to remove the rust from the metal. Wipe away the metal shavings with a rag and clean the mailbox again as you did previously. Apply painter's tape to the flag.

Step 2 - Priming the Metal Mailbox

When you paint metal you need to be able to have a surface that that allows the paint to adhere to the metal. The primer paint is important because it creates that textured surface the metal paint needs to bond do. If the current paint job on the mailbox is very dark then you may need to use sandpaper to rough up the top coat of paint. Remove the paint flakes with a dry, clean rag. Apply the primer by spraying it on in even coats. Make sure that you get the mailbox door as well as the back and the bottom lip of the mailbox. Allow the primer to dry for at least a day.

Step 3 - Finishing the Mailbox

The primer, as mentioned, is in place so that the top coat of metal paint will properly adhere. Apply the metal paint to the mailbox in slow and even sections. Be sure to cover every inch of the metal mailbox including the door, hanging lip and the back. When this layer is dry remove the tape from the mailbox flag. Dip the foam brush into the red metal paint and press it against the side of the can to remove the excess. Carefully paint the flag. When the mailbox is dry you can place it back on the mailbox post.