I need some tips, searched threads and found a few good ideas. I am pretty good at hammering the characters back out but can only get so far. The metal in between gets stretched too and I'm wondering if there is a trick to shrink it. Also I got to thinking about a mini english wheel to get the numbers real flat after straightening. Is there such a thing? Here's a few I've re done. The 2 top ones were pretty bent up and are hand lettered, and the 27 isn't even the right color. The 2 bottom ones were straight, just a repaint and I did them by laying down the letter color first and then block sanding down to it. My hand lettering looks like something shakes the clown did when you get up close. Also the spray paint is too shiney. Another word of caution, spray can clear doesn't always play well with regular spray paint.