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Old 03-08-2017, 03:13 PM
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Hello all!

I'm new to the DE events, and have one coming up in April. I have a Boxster, and was thinking about getting some magnetic numbers. A few questions for the more seasoned veterans:
1. Are magnetic numbers a good idea? I have read about them coming off
2. Any recommendations on where to get magnetic numbers or vinyl if I go that route?

Thanks in advance for any help, and I apologize if this is posted in the wrong forum.
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Old 03-11-2017, 01:19 PM
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If you want something easy to remove and is reusable, I prefer window cling. Check these guys out:

https://www.trackdecals.com/
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:03 PM
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Magnetic numbers can scratch your paint, and potentially come off. Here's what I do: I bought two magnetic numbers to use as a template. Place them on some contact paper in your color choice, trace the number on the contact paper, cut it out, apply to your car. Easy to remove after the weekend. Easy to make new ones for the next DE. Looks professional and inexpensive to boot.

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I purchased a set of reusable meatballs. Ended up not being reusable. Lots of money in that mistake.
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I used magnetic numbers for years with no problems before I started racing. They do not scratch paint. Get a 'permanent' number assigned by your PCA region, and have that number made as a meatball (one for each door). Put a 2" piece of painter's tape at leading edge to ensure wind doesn't get underneath and cause it to peel off during a session (but I never had that happen).
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I've used magnetic numbers for 14 years with no problems. I always wipe the car off first, then wipe the back of the numbers off and stick them on the car. If you wipe both surfaces off prior to applying, it should minimize the potential for scratching. Now, after you do this you have to put a strip of blue painters tape on the leading edge of the numbers. This prevents the air from getting under the numbers and they stay on fine. When I first started HPDE all clubs pretty much required real numbers. Now I see lots of clubs accepting folks using blue painter tape for their car numbers. I went to a local company that made signs and they also made magnetic numbers and I got them made there. Make sure your doors are magnetic!
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I've used magnetic numbers for 14 years with no problems. I always wipe the car off first, then wipe the back of the numbers off and stick them on the car. If you wipe both surfaces off prior to applying, it should minimize the potential for scratching. Now, after you do this you have to put a strip of blue painters tape on the leading edge of the numbers. This prevents the air from getting under the numbers and they stay on fine. When I first started HPDE all clubs pretty much required real numbers. Now I see lots of clubs accepting folks using blue painter tape for their car numbers. I went to a local company that made signs and they also made magnetic numbers and I got them made there. Make sure your doors are magnetic!
This. Track activity will not improve the paint on your car...anywhere. The surface under a magnetic number is the least of your worries on the track if you are concerned about keeping perfect paint.

A good quote I have heard from a DE instructor..."Nothing you do today will increase the value of your car." LOL.
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You can have most any sign shop make you vinyl decals made super cheep. I just get a combination of a bunch of 5's and 1's.


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edecals is fast and inexpensive. Been using their magnetic ones for years without scratches or flying off.
https://www.edecals.com

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Originally Posted by tstafford View Post
If you want something easy to remove and is reusable, I prefer window cling. Check these guys out:

https://www.trackdecals.com/
Can we put the numbers on the rear side window or must it be on the door for DE @ Lime Rock?
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Originally Posted by spo235 View Post
Hello all!

I'm new to the DE events, and have one coming up in April. I have a Boxster, and was thinking about getting some magnetic numbers. A few questions for the more seasoned veterans:
1. Are magnetic numbers a good idea? I have read about them coming off
2. Any recommendations on where to get magnetic numbers or vinyl if I go that route?

Thanks in advance for any help, and I apologize if this is posted in the wrong forum.
Like everything else you need to use what works for you.
I've tried magnetic #'s and and as others have said you need to tape down the leading the leading edge and it ca't hurt to tape down the a few sides. I've lost my share of magnetic track #'s.
I've been using the static cling vinyl numbers now for years.
They never come off but they are certainly not reusable.
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Originally Posted by Nickshu View Post
This. Track activity will not improve the paint on your car...anywhere. The surface under a magnetic number is the least of your worries on the track if you are concerned about keeping perfect paint.

A good quote I have heard from a DE instructor..."Nothing you do today will increase the value of your car." LOL.
this quote. +1 IMO.

I bought a roll of white reusable vinyl from AMZN; stays put and easy to remove. Cheap enough to toss after each event.

I print numbers in Photoshop onto white sticker stock from Walmrt that goes thru my inkjet printer, then I stick onto vinyl, trim, apply. (The vinyl I selected will not take ink from inkjet printer...)

Previously I purchased magnetic meatballs to avoid the blue tape, but needed blue tape to keep in place. So they now decorate the garage fridge.
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I bought static cling numbers that stick to the inside of the windows. Reusable. Works great.
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