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Removing the stamp on a bulb Answered

Hi! 
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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JoniC5 (author)2018-03-09

I used a dab of purell on a scratch pad and rubbed lightly . a couple of scrubs ,came right off.

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RhondaB7 (author)2015-08-30

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.

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Kiteman (author)2012-10-08

Have you tried warm soapy water and a gentle scouring pad?

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TashaDax (author)Kiteman2012-10-08

I did indeed. It refused to budge :(

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Kiteman (author)TashaDax2012-10-08

Next, try solvents - start with acetone (nail varnish remover), or a drop of WD40.

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TashaDax (author)Kiteman2012-10-18

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 :)

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ChrysN (author)2012-10-09

I think it varies with the type of bulb some come off easily. Try steel wool.

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iceng (author)2012-10-08

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.

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