Now that Lost Forrest is in its late teenage years, it’s more important than ever to ensure that our homes and properties are properly maintained. One item that seems to need some TLC for many of our homes is the mailbox. When riding around our four sections, it is apparent that while some mailboxes have been freshened up over the years, there are many that have seen better days – numbers missing or no longer visible, number stickers instead of brass numbers, extremely faded paint, etc. Mailbox uniformity is part of our covenants (section 6.22), and maintenance responsibility does fall to the individual homeowner.
Please take a moment to inspect your mailbox – if it looks more gray than black or your numbers are missing or barely visible, please take action! There’s a great example in the “before and after” photo below.
2) Do it yourself. Does require extensive surface prep, otherwise the paint may flake easily. You should use a black semi-gloss outdoor paint that is designed to adhere well to metal. For parts ordering: our mailboxes are made by Imperial Mailbox Systems and are the regular size, NOT the “Estate” size. Sources include this website although there are several other sources available with a quick Google search. Numbers are even available via Amazon Prime, although slightly higher in pricing.
- Numbers – 2″ Brass from Imperial Mailbox Systems (some sites refer to the style as Williamsburg)
- Number plate – Style #1 (for 2″ numbers)
- Number plate with brass numbers included
- Brass door knob
- Brass flag knob
- Flag housing
- Epoxy for adhering numbers – Loctite or similar
- Other parts are also available from various sources, including the scroll, hinge, support bracket, roller door catch, etc.
3) The official vendor, Budget Mailboxes, carries our mailbox if you need a replacement. You can locate them at: http://www.budgetmailboxes.com or 866-707-0008. Our mailbox is the Residential Mailbox System with Olive Wreath SKU 119K. You can also order replacement brass numbers at this site.