Traffic boxes are everywhere. Any time you see a traffic light, there is one of these nearby. In Brookline, they can be silver, black, dark green, or light green.
They are popular targets for graffiti.
Cleaning traffic boxes
Unless they are old or green, they are easy to clean. The glossy black ones clean up very easily - often with just the regular goof-off and not the stronger graffiti-goof-off. Some of the silver ones clean up well, others are vulnerable to dark markers and paints.
If you are faced with the green ones (that are not shiny at all) then it’s tough because you will end up taking off more paint than you want.
Painting Traffic Boxes
For the black ones, you want to use Rustoleum spray enamel gloss black. It works perfectly. Yes, sometimes the paint on the box can be faded and the new gloss will look too shiny. (You can always use the Rustoleum Satin black if you’re worried.)
For the silver ones, there are very light silver ones and darker ones. For the lighter ones, use the Krylon silver spray paint, which is closer to white. For the darker ones, use the Rustoleum gloss enamel Smoke Gray. It’s a near-perfect match.
For the green, it’s tough. For the lighter green, it’s almost impossible to match. I haven’t found a good one yet, but so few are this color, that I have gotten away with cleaning. The darker ones can be done with the Rustoleum spray enamel Dark Hunter Green, but it isn’t that close.
I will let everyone know if I find better matches for the green boxes.