Fortunately, no one around here has asked me to do anything like this:
I did paint the mailbox post to the approved neighborhood color. It has been the wrong color for at least the four years we have lived here. I got a note from the HOA last spring and ignored it. My neighbor said he had some paint left over if I wanted it. So making things right cost me about 15 minutes of my time and the water to wash out the brush. I am now right with the the autocrats.
Of course, they’ll now be looking around for something else to complain about. This is their singular goal in life: to push around the people they just barely consider neighbors.