Saturday, July 20, 2013

How to Repair a Double Mailbox - Part 4 of 16 - Priming Post and Old Wood Trim

Fig.1: Mailbox 
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
4x4x7 Douglas Fir wood post (1)
4x4x2 Douglas Fir wood post (2)
2x4x6 Douglas Fir wood post (trim pieces)  
Carpentry pencil
Gloves heavy-duty 
Kilz® white primer  
Paint tray with plastic liners 
Paint roller 4-inch 
Paint stick
Saw horses (2) 
Screwdriver flat tip 
Square yellow  
Tarps and paper  
Zinsser® Exterior White primer

Mrs. Escarole wanted her mailbox repaired, it has fallen over and the Post Office would not deliver the mail. She lives in a rural town called Creekside, California. 

This post shows the eleven steps to priming post and old wood trim.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the old mailbox that needs to be replaced.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows a painters tray with white liner, 4-inch thin roller cover and paint frame. The picture below shows the Kilz® primer was used to paint the 4x4 posts.
Fig.2 Priming
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the old wooden trim from the previous mailbox back side was never painted and now has growing black mold on the back side.
Fig.3 Wood unusable with mold
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the old trim that faced the outside and will also need to be repainted with red paint.
Fig.4 Wood trim has dry rot
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the trim pieces were nailed, now each nail is rusted and can not be used.
Fig.5 Nails
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the back of the trim pieces and the sides were re-painted for later use on the new wood post.
Fig.6 Old trim painted
Step 7: Fig.7 and fig.8 shows the trim pieces painted with Kilz® primer.
Fig.7 Painted trim
Fig.8 Painted trim edges 
per customer request
Step 8: Fig.9 shows the application of Kilz® white primer on the wood posts. 
Step 9: Fig.10 shows that the end of the post facing the ground was painted to protect the wood.
Fig.9 priming post edge

Fig.10 Bottom of
mailbox post
Step 10: Fig.11 shows the second coat of Kilz White primer on the 7-foot post.
Fig.11 Priming all the sides of post
Step 11: Fig.12 shows a yellow square that will mark were the first trim pieces will be mounted on the new post.
Step 12: Fig.13 shows a yellow square that has a pencil mark on the right side that marks the trim pieces.
Fig.12 Using a square to 
decorative edge
Fig.13 Measuring edge

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