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Old 11-17-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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Those (expletive deleted) Wally Bynum Numerals

Hello all,

I am finally to the point in my '71 Safari restoration that I am applying the red numbers.

Wow! What an undertaking! I found out really fast that you don't want to apply if there's a slight breeze...it's like giving a cat a bath! Anyway, I completely messed up my numeral '2' and hopefully another will be mailed to me soon.

If there are any tips, tricks, videos, spells I could cast, or incantations I could murmur that would assist me in getting those numerals on straight, I sure would appreciate some direction.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:23 PM   #2
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Those (expletive deleted) Wally Bynum Numerals

Use a spray bottle with water and a tiny amount of soap.

As you peel the backing off of the decal, spray it generously.

This will keep an inadvertent mistake from wasting the decal, and this will allow you more than one chance at placement.

Once you have them where you want, squeegee the water out, and slowly peel the top layer leaving the decals in place.


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Make sure you get them right side up.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:32 PM   #4
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I used a masking tape reference line to level the bottom of all numbers, and a vertical strip of masking tape to position and ensure each number was plumb, and the whole number centered on the trailer.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:51 PM   #5
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If trashed you can have any local print shop make them up as a single piece. Pre space and very easy to install.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:19 PM   #6
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Use a spray bottle with water and a tiny amount of soap.

As you peel the backing off of the decal, spray it generously.

This will keep an inadvertent mistake from wasting the decal, and this will allow you more than one chance at placement.

Once you have them where you want, squeegee the water out, and slowly peel the top layer leaving the decals in place.


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Ditto. We use this method with all of our fleet.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:23 PM   #7
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I just use a spray bottle and a few drops of dish soap.

Keep the trailer surface WET!!!!!


Peel the backing off the number and apply it to the trailer in any position you can, just keep the number flat and prevent it from sticking to itself.

KEEP spraying the water/soap mixture!

Move the number into position and wipe it gently with a rag to start moving the water out from under it.

Let it sit for 4 or 5 minutes and the glue will start to hold.

Then spray the surface of the number with the water/soap and smooth out the bubbles very gently with a rag.

Things will dry out by morning and you will have numbers the next guy will cuss when he tries to remove them.


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Old 11-17-2015, 05:40 PM   #8
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IMHO, anyone who thinks the inventor of the Airstream was named 'Bynum' ...has earned uncooperative stickers.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:41 PM   #9
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In all fairness it is a hard name to get used to but it made me laugh also.
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IMHO, anyone who thinks the inventor of the Airstream was named 'Bynum' ...has earned uncooperative stickers.
Yup, if you're going to piss off the Airstream God, mispelling his last name would do it.

Sacrificing a few local virgins will appease him.....until next time.

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Old 11-18-2015, 12:00 PM   #11
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i'm surprised the signlady hasn't chimed in on this one.
What you do is tape the decal in place after (along top edge) measured. leveled etc. This creates a hinge so that you can then lift up the bottom of decal and peel away the backing paper. Spray with a little soapy water solution and squeegee out the bubbles. Then spray the surface of transfer paper and continue to squeegee the numbers and wipe with a towel excess solution. Carefully pull from one corner parallell with the surface so not to pull the lettering up at the same time pushing down numbers. If they don't want to stick wait a bit until surface warms up or drys out some.
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:26 PM   #12
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This is just me thinking-
Yes, it was very difficult to apply 4 separate numerals-
I think it would be easier if they were all attached-
So- Line the numerals up on another piece of poster/wax paper-
Or- Tape all the numerals together-
But, then again, maybe I'm crazy-
Another option: Go to a sign shop and get the same numerals made again and all printed together on the same sheet.
Aligning 1 thing has got to be easier/better than aligning 3, 4, or 5 things.
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:20 PM   #13
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I also had a print shop make up the numbers. Single sheet of vinyl. Not that you should do this but I made my numbers 5". Think it looks a little better on the trailer.
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:29 PM   #14
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Another observation while putting 1811 on the front and rear of my trailer-
The 8 is a whole lot harder to lay down smoothly than the 1-
The 8 has to be the hardest numeral to lay down-
The 1 has to be the easiest numeral to lay down-
Maybe I should have requested WBCCI number 111, or 1111, or 11111, or 111111...
The compound curves of the end caps makes it even more difficult to lay the 8 down smoothly- it had all manner of wrinkles and bubbles in it-
The rear was even harder than the front for some reason- maybe working off a ladder was harder than working off the tailgate of the truck?


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