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Old 08-06-2017, 07:11 AM   #1
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Big Red Numbers

We decided to join WBCCI and yesterday I received our big red numbers, the ones I chose, 22721. I chose these numbers to honor my father who was born July 22, 1921. I owe my love of traveling to him!

Now to place them. I've read the instructions and they seem fairly easy to understand. But just curious if there are any tips from those who have already done this?

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Old 08-06-2017, 09:01 AM   #2
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I can't help with the placement (had it done at the factory - long story). Just wanted to comment on how awesome it is that you got those specific numbers for that particular reason. Great story!
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:28 AM   #3
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Keep a spray bottle of soapy water handy. Spray the area down, apply numbers and adjust to that perfect position. Use a squeegee or credit card to remove any bubbles.
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Mix a tablespoon or so of dish soap in a small squirt bottle.

Mark a straight line for the bottom of the numbers.

I used blue painters tap to hold the numbers in place and make a few small marks with a grease pencil to guide where I wanted to place them.

One number at a time, use LOTS of spray soap/water and place the number.

If you keep it all wet enough, you can slide the numbers around until you like the positions. You can peel the numbers back and re-wet them a time or two to keep things sliding.

Use a small squeegee to work the bubbles out. Be careful, they will slide some if you work to hard.

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Affirming the lots of soapy water.

Adding, don't tackle it in the wind. Or like me, don't start in the afternoon right before the clockwork offshore breeze picks up.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:00 PM   #6
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I did my numbers this afternoon. They do tend to slide around a little too easily with the application of lots of soapy spray. Worked the bubbles out with a gentle swipe of my finger and then waited an hour for them to dry in the sun so I could clean up the soap residue.

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9194 were the years of our sons birth. Seemed to be an easy number to remember.

Do many folks use the wbcci club emblems? I did not have room on the rear but am thinking of putting one above the front numbers. Not sure I will like the look of it there though.

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Old 08-06-2017, 08:13 PM   #7
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I did my numbers this afternoon. They do tend to slide around a little too easily with the application of lots of soapy spray. Worked the bubbles out with a gentle swipe of my finger and then waited an hour for them to dry in the sun so I could clean up the soap residue.

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9194 were the years of our sons birth. Seemed to be an easy number to remember.

Do many folks use the wbcci club emblems? I did not have room on the rear but am thinking of putting one above the front numbers. Not sure I will like the look of it there though.

Kevin


The numbers look great! Plus they have a special meaning. I haven't decided about the club emblems yet. I plan on tackling the project tomorrow.

I see you are located in Ontario so you are also in Region 2. Correct? If so maybe I'll see you at a rally at some point in time.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:16 PM   #8
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I can't help with the placement (had it done at the factory - long story). Just wanted to comment on how awesome it is that you got those specific numbers for that particular reason. Great story!


Yes I was so happy (and surprised) that this particular set of numbers was available. And thanks for your comments. My dear father is gone now but in a way he will still be traveling with us! He would love it!
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:19 PM   #9
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Thanks to all for the suggestions. I remember working with shelf liner paper that was sticky and I had that stick to everything except what I wanted it to stick to. So being aware of wind is great advice.

Again, thanks!
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Worried about it for a year. Finally defined it was time. Cleaned the area carefully. Set a line of blue painter's tape across the bottom edge of the space where the numbers go. Referenced the Airstream logo as a guide. Marked the center and established the space for each number - they are different width. Then carefully placed each one. No soap, but much care and no wind.

Not all numbers are created equal as to ease of install. Twos are going to be a challenge, so use the soap. The 1 is a snap and the 7 is not too bad. Hint - get some boat numbers from the hardware store and practice. They are smaller and a bit stiffer, so do not get over confident.

If it all goes sideways - the sign shop can make you some new ones on a sheet that is spaced correctly. (they do installs too )

Good luck - Pat

PS - it really isn't that hard - take your time and make it so.
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Why doesn't WBCCI supply the numbers on a transparent sheet? It would make installation a lot simpler.
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Probably because it's much cheaper to stock only 10 individual numbers instead of hundreds of custom ones....
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Probably because it's much cheaper to stock only 10 individual numbers instead of hundreds of custom ones....


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Why doesn't WBCCI supply the numbers on a transparent sheet? It would make installation a lot simpler.

How much would you be willing to pay? Additional cost would have to be added to an already high membership fee. You can easily have a local print shop make them up. I know some have done that with very good results.
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