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Sidewalk House Numbers

When it’s rainy and ordinary house numbers can be hard to see, these will stand out.

House numbers painted on pavement with NeverWet.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Utility or crafts knife
  • Masking paper or cardboard
  • Painter’s tape
  • Gray duct tape
  • Work gloves


  • Rust-Oleum NeverWet kit, 18 ounces, #509272
  • 4 - (quantity will vary by house number) 19-in x 15-in green blank signs, #336120

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Project Resources


Step 1

Pressure-wash the pavement you plan to stencil, or wash it thoroughly with detergent and a scrub brush. Rinse and allow the surface to dry completely before continuing.

Good to Know

Read the NeverWet product instructions for the recommended application conditions. For example, it should be used when the temperature is between 50 degrees F and 90 degrees F.

Step 2

Download the Pavement House Number Stencils and print out the numbers you need. Use them at the original size for roughly 8-1/2-inch x 11-inch  characters or enlarge them 129 percent for 11 x 17 printouts.

Step 3

Tape one letter or number centered on a blank sign sheet and cut out the shape of the character using a utility or crafts knife. Remove the paper pattern and repeat for the remaining letters or numbers.

Step 4

Position the stencils on the pavement and hold them in place with duct tape. Mask off between the stencils and around the edges to eliminate accidental overspray.

Step 5

Spray two base coats according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Let the final coat dry for at least 30 minutes before continuing.

Good to Know

Spray straight down on the stencil for crisp edges.

Step 6

Working side to side, spray a light layer of the top coat according to instructions. Then spray a second coat working up and down for even coverage, and remove the stencils. Allow the final coat to dry at least 12 hours and preferably overnight before exposing it to water or foot traffic.

Step 7

When dry, these house numbers look subtle, but they really stand out when coated with rain. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

To maintain the coated surface, spray it lightly with a garden hose but without using soap or detergents.