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« on: February 28, 2014, 09:15:20 PM »

Thanks to the club for the permanent numbers for free this year!!

I'm curious - where do you guys recommend getting magnetic or whatever numbers.  I'd like to leave the blue tape behind.  I've found autocrossnumbers.com, any other thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 06:24:27 AM »

I ordered a set from Vistaprint, will see how they turn out.

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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 06:35:32 AM »

I've been using the cool Porsche ones from autocrossnumbers.com for a while.
But they block the rear quarter window, and that's getting to be a pain.  So
I've ordered regular numbers from soloperformance.com to see how I like them.

I got a set of three digits and three letters (x2 for both sides) in reusable vinyl
in a package on sale for $40. 

http://www.soloperformance.com/8-inch-Single-Color-Magnetic-or-Reusable-Number-Package_p_1378.html

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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 06:50:20 AM »

This guy is local (VA Beach).  Seems like a good deal.

http://www.autocross.us/forums/topic/1524-autocross-number-sets/
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014, 11:16:07 AM »

I've been using the cool Porsche ones from autocrossnumbers.com for a while.
But they block the rear quarter window, and that's getting to be a pain.  So
I've ordered regular numbers from soloperformance.com to see how I like them.

I got a set of three digits and three letters (x2 for both sides) in reusable vinyl
in a package on sale for $40. 

http://www.soloperformance.com/8-inch-Single-Color-Magnetic-or-Reusable-Number-Package_p_1378.html



If your numbers are a PITA at the rear quarter windows, why not put them on the Windschutzscheibe ?

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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014, 01:15:59 PM »

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If your numbers are a PITA at the rear quarter windows, why not put them on the Windschutzscheibe ?

But then where would the Fig Newtons sticker go?

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014, 01:44:13 PM »

If your numbers are a PITA at the rear quarter windows, why not put them on the Windschutzscheibe ?

The numbers themselves aren't the problem, it's the cool body-color backing which unfortunately
covers the whole window.

I plan to put the new numbers also on the rear quarter, but since they are individual numbers
I will be able to see between them.  (Which is all I need, just enough to see movement when
I'm backing out of my space in the paddock.)
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2014, 02:41:17 PM »


 I got some masking tape from Home Depot and a can of Plasti-dip. Magnets won't stick to my fiberglass car and I don't trust the vinyl ones will either.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2014, 03:45:29 PM »

I don't think there's any question the vinyl ones will stick - just like bumper stickers.

The question is, will they come off in such a way that you can use them again?
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2014, 04:02:44 PM »


 I got some masking tape from Home Depot and a can of Plasti-dip. Magnets won't stick to my fiberglass car and I don't trust the vinyl ones will either.

I can cut you 2 pieces of sheet metal, you can glue them on the inside of your doors, and then you can use the magnets.

The only problem is that it will cost you about a half second.

Velcro would be another alternative.

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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2014, 05:08:51 PM »


 I got some masking tape from Home Depot and a can of Plasti-dip. Magnets won't stick to my fiberglass car and I don't trust the vinyl ones will either.

I've been using vinyl number for a few years now. 145mph down the back straight at VIR didn't take them off.
They stick well but mine are not reusable, well I guess they could be but I just rip them off when the event is done.

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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2014, 05:17:35 PM »

I used Vistaprint last season and works great. I don't think I can use magnetic signs this year since my "new" car has a Bondo body!
I am looking for some other option maybe vinyl, maybe some stripes as well since everyone knows that racing stripes add horse power!
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 11:00:15 AM »


Vistaprint!  Never thought of that.  How do you order them?
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2014, 08:38:56 AM »

I use re-usable vinyl numbers, have for years. I've never had any problems with them... You need a clean surface, spray a mist of water on the surface and apply them. Once the water has evaporated they won't come off easily. But you can peel them off and re-use them over and over. I typically get 2-3 years of use from a set. Biggest problem I have is putting them on straight!  I believe I got mine from: www.soloperformance.com
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2014, 11:03:04 AM »

I use re-usable vinyl numbers, have for years. I've never had any problems with them... You need a clean surface, spray a mist of water on the surface and apply them. Once the water has evaporated they won't come off easily. But you can peel them off and re-use them over and over. I typically get 2-3 years of use from a set. Biggest problem I have is putting them on straight!  I believe I got mine from: www.soloperformance.com

Sounds like the ones I just got, although I don't remember the water misting step.  What is that for?

Also, how comfortable are you driving with your numbers on to/from a venue?
I'm wondering whether it will become a nuisance that I have to clean off the spot on the car
where I plan to put them - would be nice if I could just leave them on, but I don't want to be
a cop magnet.

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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2014, 11:16:50 AM »

Biggest problem I have is putting them on straight!

You mean like this?


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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2014, 06:20:10 PM »

... You need a clean surface....

This could be a challenge for some people.
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2014, 12:59:59 PM »

Sounds like the ones I just got, although I don't remember the water misting step.  What is that for?

Also, how comfortable are you driving with your numbers on to/from a venue?
I'm wondering whether it will become a nuisance that I have to clean off the spot on the car
where I plan to put them - would be nice if I could just leave them on, but I don't want to be
a cop magnet.

I'm not bothered leaving them on to & from the event, the arrest-me-red paint job already gets noticed by every cop on the planet... but you could always just apply them at the event. I generally run a soft plastic squeegee over them to push out the water after I get them in place. Misting the surface allows you to slide them around to get them where you want them. You donít have to do it, but I find it easier to straighten them up (obviously, having them straight is not high on my list of priorities!).

So, I mist the surface and wipe it clean, mist it again and place the numbers, straighten them up a bit, and squeegee out the excess water. Takes all of 2 min's to do... unless of course you care if they are straight or not!
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2014, 01:01:05 PM »

Biggest problem I have is putting them on straight!

You mean like this?




Yep! The forward rake of the numbers makes me look fast!
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2014, 04:59:04 PM »

Got my numbers this week.



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« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2014, 05:18:03 PM »

Nice number. You'll need to call them when the Crevettes put you down!
I'm on street tires this year! You have a big target on your back! Ohh so much fun.

speed dial 911!

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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2014, 09:20:20 AM »


Found another solution for car numbers that don't require metal doors:

http://www.trackdecals.com/collections/static-window-cling-numbers

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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2014, 03:41:56 PM »

If you want a local option here in Richmond, I work at ARC at 1400 N Boulevard and had mine printed there. Magnets are very strong and they can print any font you want. Come with you own design or ask them to use from their own. Pricing on magnets is about 10$ a square foot for a basic printing, I had a protective laminate added to mine. Sorry for no price on that, I got the employee discount. I'll be at the event on Sunday if you want a closer look. If you stop in be sure to tell them Billy Ju recommended you.
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