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Either strategy sounds fine. Having just the numbers be reflective, especially on a black background should yield good reflectivity. I think I personally would go with choice B, as it utilizes two coats of paint without moving the stencil, as opposed to Plan A which depends upon the stencil not removing the white paint from the curb when peeling it off.
im going to do a black background with white letters. do you think there is any benefit to putting a reflective background down first. then using a reverse stencil (cut adhesive vinyl) to black the background, leaving the white numbers masked?or just paint a black background. and put the positive stencil on and apply the reflective paint just to the numbers?
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I think the original stencil font, which you called "boring", is more legible than the version you picked. If these numbers are for the benefit of emergency vehicles, delivery services, etc., a font should be chosen for maximum legibility, at distances up to 30 meters/100 feet.
While it is true that curb numbers wouldn't be visible when the streets and curbs are covered with snow, they are still useful the rest of the year.
Whether one lives in an area with snow or not shouldn't make any difference. The concrete needs to be dry and relatively warm to be painted, so this kind of a project wouldn't be feasible during rainy, snowy or freezing periods.
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