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I can�t begin to describe how great it was meeting so many wonderful people, let alone the thrill of the actual ride. Many thanks to all who befriended my wife and I, and made us feel welcome. Special thanks to Sean O�Leary for his patience and the education in harness physics. And of course a big thanks to Team Invaders.

I did crash and burn emotionally when a 6�x 2� section of paint came off my door with my number sticker. (call me na�ve, but I really thought the numbers would be magnetic) Oh well, I guess the body shop gets my fee for the September race�

Until next time,
God Bless

Blue Offutt
93 RX-7
#261
Team Invaders

Blue Offutt

Rookie Liaison & Board Member
Captain, TEAM INVADERS!
Life Member #261

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Man I feel your pain on that one, I had to get a fender re-shot after the fall '99 race when a K&N sticker took a big section of both the clear and topcoat off on removal.

But mine was a recent respray in the first place, so my paint guy scolded me for putting the sticker on there in the first place.
I trust yours wasn't "factory finish" either....

From SCCA road rally experience I can tell you first hand that magnetic numbers tend to fly off at about 70 unless seriously taped down, so sticky is really the only way to do it.

Next time, have the surface freshly waxed, hopefully painted more than 6 months ago, spray a little windex on the sticky stuff, and take them off right after the finish, -or else be prepared to leave them on for ever.
As was stated earlier, it's best to have a good coat of wax on before applying and new paint should be allowed to cure sufficiently.

I'll let you in on my secret I began using after I peeled a large section of paint off my door about 5 years ago. Don't peel all the paper off the back of the large numbers. Instead, peel back the paper from one edge at a time and cut off only a one inch strip all the way around the edge, leaving the bulk of the backing in the center. The result is a decal with a sticky strip around the perimeter and paper backing in the center. I have never had one peel back or come off (and I've tested them many times since, at a max of 160 MPH). Then, when applying use Quick Detailer (or Windex although the Detailer seems to work better) to help adjust the decals. Use a small squeegee to smooth out the edges and work out wrinkles and bubbles.

I also ended up having magnetic numbers made for the doors. These I tape only the leading edge and they stay exactly where they were placed.

- Russ

Russel Truex
'89 Mustang, SSCC (Life Member) #24 - Team Mustang ORR Club
Lake Forest, CA
www.freakracing.com
Thanks for the tip Russel!!! I'll definetly try that the next time I run!

Peter, I'm clueless as to whether it was "factory finish" or not. I bought the car 4 years ago as 3rd owner and have had no painting done. 2nd owner knew of no accidents or re-finishing, but who knows what the first owner had done.

It may sound corny, but knowing others have indeed felt my pain does ease it a bit. It's just one more thing that makes this such a cool group of people.

Thanks,

Blue Offutt
93 RX-7
#261
Team Invaders
Good afternoon Blue,

I also had a great time at the SSCC. The primary reason for this was people such as yourself and your lovely wife. The folks that I encountered were very hospitable and I enjoyed tremendously watching the excitment of people at the starting line. Thanks again for the ride to Shelby and see if you can make the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in August. We would love to have you folks come to Nebraska.

Joe Shown

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