spray paint (gloss white, reflective, and semi-gloss or flat black)
newspaper for masking
TechShop (for making template)
Step 1: Make a Template
I used Corel Draw to sketch a 4" tall set of house numbers. I selected a font I liked, placed the numbers, then used Corel's convert to curves feature to get the outline of the numbers.
I originally cut them out in heavy paper, but decided I wanted a truly reusable set, as the numbers fade on the curb after a couple of years. Therefore I used a piece of scrap acrylic for the final version.
Step 2: Measure the Curb for the Template Bend
Step 3: Cut the Template Out of Acrylic, Bend It to Fit the Curb
I marked the bend location, heated it up and then bent it. The cooling jig allows you to hold the part at a set angle until the plastic cools and sets. (The heat strip photo is from another project).
Step 4: Prepare the Curb and Paint a Base Coat
Spray a coat (or two or three) of the gloss white spray paint.
When it is dry, coat the base layer with the reflective coating paint.
Step 5: Place the Template and Mask It, and Paint the Numbers
Remove the template, clean up the masking, and you're done!
The Template is ready to use whenever the numbers start looking sketchy again.