How to paint a Telephone Box

22 February 2023

BY Paddy

The iconic red Telephone Box is a well known site across the country, however, many have become in need of repair.  We often get asked what paint should I use to paint a Telephone box. This article will guide you how to paint and exactly what paint to use.

It will also answer another popular question, What colour paint is on a telephone box? BS381C 539 Currant Red

HMG Paints support the Minutes Matter campaign, and will donate Telephone Box Paint for free if it is being converted into a defibrillator station.


Ensure surfaces to be coated are dry and must be cleaned using the appropriate HMG product to remove all traces of contaminants. Thoroughly degrease using suitable HMG Prep Clean. Abrade with P80­P180 if necessary before applying appropriate HMG product.


The Telephone Box should be primed using DG142 Synthetic High Opacity Undercoat Red. Apply 2 coats using a brush or compliant spray gun, allow 15 minutes between coats.


Apply HMG Coach Enamel 381C 539 Currant Red with a brush. Apply 1-2 full coats. Product will be Touch dry in 3 hours @ 20°c and Hard dry in 12 hrs @ 20°c. C71 Speedline can also be used.


Share your phone box.  If you have painted a Telephone Box and converted it to a Defibrillator station or even a community library please share your images with us on social media using the hashtag #HMGpaints or tagging us using @HMGpaints.


Stephen Dyson
HMG Paints Communications
0161 205 7631

HMG Paints Ltd is the UK’s leading independent Paint Manufacturer and a proud, family-owned business situated in Manchester. Working alongside new and long-term customers, HMG are committed to sustainability, innovation and customer satisfaction. With over 90 years’ experience in developing innovative coatings, HMG’s portfolio of wet paint and aerosols cover virtually every type of surface imaginable across a whole host of industries including industrial, commercial vehicle, decorative, automotive, protective coatings, defence, toll manufacturing, wood finish and arts & craft. HMG have a drive to set the standards for the industry not just meet them.

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