Mailbox posts tend to undergo wear and tear from storm damage, lawnmowers, and even natural deterioration of the original material. Whatever the case, there’s an easy way to extend the life of your cedar mailbox post if you want to postpone replacing and installing a brand new one. The solution is simple: A little caulk and paint can spruce up an old post into the talk of the neighborhood.
The first step is to caulk the cracks and blemishes seen in the post. Natural cracks and notches made from debris are normal and can be masked. For a wood post, choose a paintable siliconized acrylic caulk, which is durable, weather-resistant, and adhesive to wood. Prior to applying the caulking, be sure to scrub and wipe down the post with a damp cloth to ensure that excess paint, dirt, and rotted areas are clean, as caulk will not adhere well to dirty surfaces. Apply the caulk into the holes and grooves of the post and create a smooth end surface by wiping away any excess. Finally, let the caulk set for the allotted time stated on the label before re-painting.
Second, paint the mailbox post using either a latex (water-based) paint. Water-based paints work well in covering cedar and other types of wood.
Need information on how to install your mailbox post? Read How to Install a New Post from the Estes Designs blog.