Thursday, August 26, 2010

Remove Paint & Rust From Steel Mailbox Posts

A mailbox sees all sorts of weather throughout the year, from rain to sleet to snow, and everything in between. It all takes its toll on the metal used to hold up the mailbox, usually in the form of rust. If you take care of it quickly, fixing rust isn't a problem. But to do it, you must refurbish the mailbox post by stripping the paint and rust from the surface. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Put on rubber gloves, and spray aircraft stripper over the mailbox post. Allow it to work for 10 minutes. This will cause the paint to slough off the post, leaving a clean surface.

2. Use the hose to rinse off the paint that has peeled from the post.

3. Clean the bare metal using a cleaner/degreaser and paper towels. This will leave a clean surface for the new paint to adhere to.

4. Spray the post with the rust encapsulating primer, which will seal the metal from any future damage, and stop the current rust in its tracks.

5. Finish painting with a spray paint in your choice of colors.

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