Vehicle number plates are an essential aspect of road safety and legal compliance. Whether replacing old, worn-out plates or installing new ones, this comprehensive guide will provide a step-by-step process to ensure a smooth transition. From removing your existing plates to selecting the appropriate attachment method and fitting the new plates, we will cover every facet of this task in detail.
Making Printed Number Plates
First, explore how to make printed 3D Number Plates using adhesive digits.
Making the Number Plate
Start by treating the production of your number plate as a normal process. Remove any
protective covers from the acrylic face to reveal a clean surface.
Stick Digits on the Number Plate
adhere adhesive digits onto an existing number plate one by one. These adhesive digits have been designed for a secure and permanent bond with various plate constructions.
Alignment with Printed Registration
Align the adhesive digit meticulously with the printed registration on the plate. Not only does this pre-printed registration serve as a layout guide, but it also ensures adherence to legal spacing requirements.
Firmly Applying the Digit
Press the adhesive digit down firmly into place, maintaining pressure for a few seconds to establish a permanent bond. Repeat these steps for every digit comprising the registration mark.
Removing Protective Film
Once all digits are securely affixed, carefully remove the protective carrier film from the surface of each plastic digit. This protective film serves to prevent dirt or scratches before application.
Allowing Glue Time to Cure
Remember to allow a few minutes for the glue to fully cure after application before handling or attaching the plate to a vehicle. Remember that the digit adhesive is pressure-sensitive, so apply adequate pressure or consider using an adjustable roller jig for British Standard compliance.
Replacing and Installing Vehicle Number Plates
Let’s proceed with our comprehensive guide on replacing and installing vehicle number plates.
Removing the Current Plates
For Adhesive Plates:
If your current number plates are attached with sticky pads, carefully peel them off. This may require some force, mainly if a strong adhesive is used.
For Screwed-On Plates:
Plates secured with screws can be easily removed by unscrewing them. Typically, this process is straightforward, but in cases where screws are rusted and difficult to remove, pliers can be used to grip and unscrew them.
For Plate Holder/Surround:
Plates housed within holders can be conveniently removed. Unclip the front fascia of the plate holder and slide out the plate.
Cleaning the Area
After removing the old plates, it is imperative to thoroughly clean the area where the new plates will be affixed. This step is especially critical if you use an adhesive attachment method. Sticky residue or glue remnants from double-sided tape will likely remain, necessitating a glue remover for complete removal.
Choosing the Appropriate Attachment Method
The available options include sticky pads, screws, and plate holders.
For Sticky Pads:
These are 1mm thick, super-strong double-sided adhesive tapes. When applied to a painted surface, they provide a secure hold.
For Screws & Caps:
This option includes four self-tapping screws, two yellow caps, and two white caps for aesthetic uniformity.
For Plate Holders:
Plate holders, typically designed for standard UK-size number plates, offer a convenient solution. They are commonly affixed with screws, utilizing existing screw holes on your vehicle.
Fitting the New Plates
The installation process for your new plates will vary depending on the chosen attachment method. Here’s a comprehensive guide for each of the three standard methods:
For Sticky Pads:
- If you use sticky pads, apply them evenly to the back of your new plates. Ensure the pads are spread evenly around the edges and across the center for the most secure fit.
- Once the pads are in place, align the plate with your desired position on the vehicle. Press firmly onto the surface of your car, ensuring that the entire plate makes contact and the adhesive bonds securely.
- Applying a fair amount of pressure across the whole plate is crucial to ensure a robust and even adhesion. This will help to prevent any detachment over time.
- When using screws, align the holes on the plates with the existing screw holes on your vehicle. Carefully drill the number plates in the required areas from the back of the plate without applying excessive force.
- Insert the screws through the holes on the plate and into the screw holes on your vehicle. Depending on the design of your plate and vehicle, you may need to use caps to cover the screw heads for a neater appearance.
- When screwing the plates in, ensure they are secure, but exercise caution not to over-tighten and potentially damage the plate or your vehicle’s bodywork.
For Plate Holders:
- If you have opted for a plate holder, the process differs slightly. Typically, the holder will feature a front fascia or frame you need to unclip or open.
- Slide your new plate into the holder, ensuring it is positioned correctly and sits flush against the back.
- Once the plate is in place, reattach or clip back on the front fascia of the holder. Confirm that the plate is secure and the holder is correctly attached to the vehicle.
Replacing and installing vehicle number plates is a straightforward process when approached systematically. Vehicle number plates are an essential aspect of road safety and legal compliance. Whether replacing old, worn-out plates or installing new ones, this comprehensive guide will provide a step-by-step process to ensure a smooth transition. From removing your existing plates to selecting the appropriate attachment method and fitting the new plates, we will cover every facet of this task in detail.