Asked on Dec 16, 2018

How can I make my address numbers reflect & show up better?

by Leona

i have brass numbers on vinyl siding so i do not want to remove them and make additional holes putting new numbers back on or risk damaging my siding. is there any way to make existing brass numbers more reflective? is there a particular kind of paint? i also need to know how to best protect the underlying vinyl while i paint. since they are not easily able to put blue painter tape around them.

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  • Crw4444 Crw4444 on Dec 16, 2018

    Glow paint may do the trick.

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    • Crw4444 Crw4444 on Dec 16, 2018

      Hi, I have the GlowZ by Krylon. It is a spray paint (you could put paper behind your numbers to protect your siding). It may come in a paint on application, but I'm not sure. The Krylon website may have more information. I hope this works for you.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 16, 2018

    What color is your siding? I put my numbers on a shaped board that I painted dark.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Dec 16, 2018

    Usually Glow paint can be mixed to a range of colors blended of:

    White, Pink, Green and Neon Blue

    They should have color indexes that you can browse until you find a color you like.

    If you don't find a color you like, put in a Solar Spotlight.

  • William William on Dec 16, 2018

    Remove the numbers and screw them on a wood plaque. Screw the plaque on the house. Address numbers will get lost directly on the house whether wood siding or brick.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 16, 2018

    Hi Leona: I agree, glow paint may be the best for you, however, it only glows for 4 or 5 hours, depending on how much sun light the numbers get, and your numbers won't be brass coloured. If you want the brass to show, get reflective paint, you will still have brass numbers. As for keeping the paint off of your house, you can get a piece of very thin, but very stiff plastic and shove it under the numbers. You may have to paint every other, or 3rd, number, let the paint dry and then paint the ones that are unpainted later on. That way you don't smudge the wet paint. If the plastic is large enough, you can spray instead of brushing. Just don't try to rush the project. You can get the paints at most home improvement stores. Good luck.

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    • Betsy Betsy on Dec 20, 2018

      Hi Leona: The clear brand I have used is Rust-Oleum. It shouldn't be hard to remove the numbers from the frame, put in new wood and/or a new frame, and reattach the numbers. It's not as hard as you think it will be:) I think this is an easy project and will give you the courage to attach more projects because you will have the confidence to do more. Good luck

  • Ellis Ellis on Dec 16, 2018

    Putting the numbers on a plaque that is colored to offer a lot of contrast is the solution I chose for a brick-front house. The busy lines of the brick made it difficult to see the number, but when the brass numbers were backed up on a plain dark-colored background, they became immediately legible.

    There are companies that make house number plaques and numbers in a variety of styles and colors, and they're not that expensive. Or, as William did, make your own.