Asked on Oct 19, 2019

How can I cover these wooden numbers when I paint?

Catherine Deirdre RoddenDeeAgnes Chrzanowska


There are wooden numbers embedded in the concrete at the end of my sidewalk. I plan to sand and repaint them. What can I put on them to protect them?

10 answers
  • Gk
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Marine spar varnish

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Paint with oil based exterior paint and use Marine varnish. At least 3 coats.

  • DesertRose
    on Oct 19, 2019

    You can buy paint sealant to protect painted objects such as your numbers from the weather. You can find it at most places that sell paint. I use the spray ones, as they are much easier to put on and seal all around the wood, even on the sides and where they are attached to the concrete.

  • Louise
    on Oct 19, 2019

    You could try laying on them.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Use a spray sealer for wood. You can find it at any hardware store.

  • Kathy
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Hi chris. Howzabout painting over them as it could serve as an undercoat, then paint them your choice ov colour.

  • William
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Helmsman Marine Spar Urethane. Used on boats.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Oct 21, 2019

    only paint .. concrete doesn't have to be protected in a different way

  • Dee
    on Oct 21, 2019

    Spar varnish will definitely work, after all it is made for boats.

  • Catherine Deirdre Rodden
    on Oct 21, 2019

    You can cover them in painters tape which is like blue masking tape easily found in the paint section of your hardware store. Or if I misread your question, you can cover the concrete in newspaper using the painters tape right up to the numbers. An exacto knife to uncover the numbers only so when you peel off, you won't take any of your new paint layer with the tape.

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