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    I need help! I am having a problem removing the vinyl numbers above the units. I want to replace them with new numbers. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove them?
    I have tried rubbing alcohol, Windex. Any help will be appreciated.
    Last edited by Amy_ISS; 20th April 2017, 07:15 PM. Reason: Typo in headline

  • #2
    Put a white sticky-backed label over the old number & add the new number over it. You should be able to find several sizes of labels at a place like OfficeMax. You can scrape or paint over later.






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    • #3
      You can get battery powered heat blower guns that will soften them and then use a plastic or metal scraper. Brass scraper works well with hardly any scratches or a sharp edged plastic scraper. Or, like Stevedore said, cover with a label and put the new number on top.
      "Never let the inmates run the asylum!"

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      • #4
        Vinegar works on price tags and other sticky stuff. Not sure if it will work here.
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        • #5
          A heat gun is the best way to go if you don't want to cover them up with opaque new ones.

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          • #6
            A citrus based product called "Goo-Gone" is what I've always used to remove bumper stickers. Should work on vinyl stickers.

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            • #7
              We just use a hair dryer.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Advantage IT View Post
                We just use a hair dryer.
                That's gonna be one long extension cord and if the cord is too long or too small over a certain length the resistance to electric flow is too great and will not work properly.
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                • #9
                  We have plugs every 60 feet but...I guess that probably would matter...
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                  • #10
                    Ok, with plugs every 60 feet, if you use a large diameter extension cord, like what they use at construction sites for saws, then you would be ok. The larger diameter wire will flow current easier. If you use a skinny/flat in house extension cord the electrical resistance will be greater.
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                    • #11
                      I found this on a Google search>>>>

                      https://blog.signwarehouse.com/a-bas...moval-options/
                      Don't put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.

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                      • #12
                        After the time spent with an orange cleaner and a plastic scraper on a couple of 15 year old, weather-beaten, stuck on vinyl unit numbers; and seeing the residual shadowing, I suggested a cleaner number solution to the owners along these lines. Cleaner, apply over old vinyl numbers and hides all oxidation from previous numbers being removed, and no scrape marks on the building.
                        2x4; w/1 # SizeConstructed of 1/16 thick plastic. Adhesive back is standard, pre-drilled holes upon request (screws not included). Add a pictogram symbol for an additional $.50/sign. Click Here for Type Styles Click Here for Additional Options Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
                        Last edited by Gina6k; 21st April 2017, 02:39 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Sorry I did not say this right away, but thank you for all the information. We did end up using a heat source, it worked well. We still have some numbers to remove.
                          Last edited by allsecure; 16th May 2017, 12:01 PM.

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                          • #14
                            We are going to be doing this soon. Where is the best place to get new numbers? We need to number over 200 units.

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