Removing the stamp on a bulb

Just a really quick question: Is there a way to remove the stamp on the bottom of a light bulb (you know, the bit that says the number of watts and the manufacturer) without damaging the bulb?
Thanks for the reply.

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RhondaB71 month ago

I had the same question. I dampened my finger and then dabbed it in Barkeepers Friend (but I'm sure Comet, Ajax and the like would work as well) and just scrubbed a little. It came right off.

Kiteman3 years ago
Have you tried warm soapy water and a gentle scouring pad?
TashaDax (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
I did indeed. It refused to budge :(
Next, try solvents - start with acetone (nail varnish remover), or a drop of WD40.
TashaDax (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Turns out it needed some vigorous rubbing with a steel scouring pad, as opposed to the one that comes on the back side of a sponge and after that some detergent, because (for some reason) the letters leave a greasy marks on the back. Thanks for the help :)
ChrysN2 years ago
I think it varies with the type of bulb some come off easily. Try steel wool.
iceng3 years ago
In the US the Volts & watts are glazed into the top of the glass.
After years they become so very faint that it becomes hard to read..
So I would surmise prolonged heating could help remove the text.