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Removing numbers from a sail

I've got big numbers on my sail I'd like to remove. For the heck of it, I peeled back a corner a little, and the number did peel back, except there was a little glue residue at the edge of the number, as if a tiny bit of dirty glue at the outline of the number. My next step is to again peel back that corner, then use Glue-gone, goof-off or even WD-40 to remove the glue. I've used wd-40 with success to rempove sticker glue from plastics and it appears harmless although messy.

Anyone know the best way to remove number stickers from Dacron sails??

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As long as the sail is dacron - acetone. If it's something else acetone could harm the fabric.
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I just did this job on a North NorDac sail using GooGone. I tried to just peel the number but saw that it seemed to separate the taffeta covering on the sail. So I applied the GooGone to the number and let it soak for about 5 minutes. The number then just peeled right off. The problem was that it took forever to remove all the glue. After gumming several rags, I resorted to using a plastic kitchen scrubby. That worked but it took time. I used a whole bottle removing 10 15" numbers.

You can also try 3M Adhesive remover. I have no opinion regarding acetone.
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I peeled some numbers off last year and just rubbed some talc over the glue and it was no longer a problem.
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