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Old 08-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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Backlit house number (white sheet of plastic) replacement?


Hey guys,

I have a backlit house number. It has probably been there since the house was built. It has a crack in it (the white plastic). I want to replace it with a brand new sheet of plastic. Problem is, I have no idea where to get a sheet and I can cut out a piece from? Its a white piece of plastic, i imagine to be about 1/16th of an inch thick, and it has to be able to allow the light behind it to pass through it, so that the number is seen at night, but it cant just be a transparent piece of plastic, since ther eis wiring/bulb etc behind it, you shouldnt be able to see through it.

Here is the number.



I imagine it used to be white? but its so old that its yellow now.

Anyone know where I can get such a piece of plastic? Lowes/Home Depot doesnt seem to have anything of the sort.

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Old 08-08-2013, 06:18 PM   #2
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Thin sheets of translucent plastic are sold as "cutting boards" wherever basic
kitchen supplies are sold. They come in various sizes, can easily be cut
with scissors or razorknife.

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Thin sheets of translucent plastic are sold as "cutting boards" wherever basic
kitchen supplies are sold. They come in various sizes, can easily be cut
with scissors or razorknife.
How would that stand against weather outside/sun/rain etc?
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It might be easier and cheaper to use white glass---check with a local stained glass shop--even Hobby Lobby has common colors of glass---

I used to garbage pick white plastic scrap from a sign company's dumpster---
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I agree glass would be a better option but not sure about 1/6" thick would work well if that is all the clearance you have.

A plastic store will have what you need and probably out of scrap.

Now would be a good time to think about switching the illumination source behind this to LED. If you put too much heat from the light source behind this, the plastic will melt and/or discolor in a hurry.

Wacking a cheap dollar store translucent cutting board with a paper cutter or a few passes with an sharp x-acto knife is not a bad idea either. Not sure you are going to find anything 1/6" thick there either though. Are you sure you do not have 1/8" at least?

I have Pendaflex plastic document carriers sitting next to me that are translucent. You can get them, 8.5x11 at an office supply store.

Get in trouble and really cannot find anything? Post back with dimensions and absolute thickness and if in the US I will send you what you need. Outside the US? Shipping beyond what it would cost me here and customs are your problem.

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I agree glass would be a better option but not sure about 1/6" thick would work well if that is all the clearance you have.

A plastic store will have what you need and probably out of scrap.

Now would be a good time to think about switching the illumination source behind this to LED. If you put too much heat from the light source behind this, the plastic will melt and/or discolor in a hurry.

Wacking a cheap dollar store translucent cutting board with a paper cutter or a few passes with an sharp x-acto knife is not a bad idea either. Not sure you are going to find anything 1/6" thick there either though. Are you sure you do not have 1/8" at least?

I have Pendaflex plastic document carriers sitting next to me that are translucent. You can get them, 8.5x11 at an office supply store.
Yeah the current light doesnt even work, I am assuming a burnt out bulb, the plan was to go to LED for sure. I also want to move it (as you can see its covered by the light below it).

Glass sounds like a much better solution to me than plastic for sure, although hard to work with (cant cut it myself).

Any idea what the best way to put a number on the glass is? stencil and some rustoleum?
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Lost me buddy. I thought you had some sort of number in existence that had to be backlit.

Get rid of that thing. It is two small to see from the street anyhow. First responders would need binoculars to make sure they had the right address.

Put the address in something visible elsewhere and match it on the back of the house if they might have to come from that direction.
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Alcohol based shellac primer will adhear to glass very well.
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I enlarged it to 400%, and still couldn't see any number... or anything.

What purpose is this thing serving?
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I am seeing a big number 1 right in the middle.
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I am seeing a big number 1 right in the middle.
I see the "1" now. I thought that was a divider or something. I was looking for something like "3719".
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HD sells clear plexiglass ... and if you live in northern VA or the DC metro area I have what you need (free) .....

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