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Nobby Berkshire
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I bought a few sheets of these from Ebay and was surprised they are just paper backed and you have to glue them onto the car.

Does anyone know what kind of glue or paste is the best for these to stick to the shiny soft plastic of cars like the Scalex Tri-and formula junior cars?
 

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Rubber cement is an effective adhesive for paper, it won't effect the underlying surface, and you can easily remove or re-position the item.

Bensonuts is correct. Look for the pre-cut, self adhesive numbers next time - several restoring specialists carry them. They are ready to use - simply peel off the backing and apply.

I have seen some sellers on ebay who seem to be doing nothing more than selling paper sheets of printed numbers. Some sellers print on sticker stock. Some of these sellers don't even pre-cut the roundels - you have to cut out the number and apply adhesive.
 

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Hi, as the others have mentioned these come in a few types.

There are original self adhesive number roundals that are on a yellow'ish, waxy backing paper ... these are old and once you've removed them from the wax backing paper they usually don't stick anymore.

There is a colour paper sheet that includes number roundals, as well as flags and some pit numbers and other things, which is one of 2 designs done by Scalextric in the 60's ... these have to be hand cut and are not self adhesive. Can't find an image atm, but I think these may be the ones you have.

EDIT- Found an image ... see below.

There are the pre-cut, self adhesive roundals that are currently available from resto specialists, your best bet if you want little work & original "Scalextric" looking results ... these are the ones that Thai mentioned.

There are probably others but these are the main ones I've seen, and I hope may help to answer why the ones you purchased were not self adhesive.

As for sticking on those paper numbers... wood glue (Araldite) would be fine, and being water based won't effect the bodies.

Cheers, Michael
 

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I use those glue sticks , Elmers ,Ross ect , used in offices. They are water soluable and don't affect the plastic bodies or the paper. Sometimes I make my own paper decals on the colour printer.
 

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Glue sticks work surprisingly well, yes. I consider the vintage Scalextric paper sheets quite good and useful. The glossy paper usually hasn't browned that badly, and most of all the numbers look the way they should on a 60's car. The pre-cut self adhesive roundels I have seen in Scalextric car restorations mostly don't look like the right font. The "vintage italic" is good for Mini Coopers etc. from the (mid-?)60's onwards. This font, too, is incorrect for many of the older cars. Maybe having done some graphic work I pay too much attention to this...Anyway, proper reprints of all the 60's Scalextric number roundel fonts would be very welcome.
 

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HI Screwneck
The best way I have found for sticking old paper numbers that have lost their stick is double sided sellotape, cut to size - check fit - remove paper backing and away you go I have some of these that I did about 10 years ago and they are still fine
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QUOTE (gar @ 22 Jun 2011, 09:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I use those glue sticks , Elmers ,Ross ect , used in offices. They are water soluable and don't affect the plastic bodies or the paper. Sometimes I make my own paper decals on the colour printer.

Agreed, a glue stick would work very well.
 

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QUOTE Anyway, proper reprints of all the 60's Scalextric number roundel fonts would be very welcome

Peter Boita did some proper ones some years ago, he spent some effort to get them correct, right font, right paper etc.
Shown below is a, nearly empty!, sheet.
I've left the instructions showing as this may be a useful guide to sticking them on, they were not self adhesive.



The ones shown are for the earlier cars in the slightly larger font, he also did the smaller version.
Two size cutters were available to cut them out and the black circles are a guide to get the cutter positioned accurately.
I have been in touch with Peter recently for some replacement cutters and he said he still had plenty of sheets left.
Unfortunately I only have a postal address for him, but if anyone wants to contact him PM me and I'll let you know his address.
 

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Thanks folks


Yes, they are certainly original sheets alongside flags and pit numbers with no self-stick


Thumbs up for all the advice
 
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