number plates

Fitting Instructions :

Welcome to the fitting page. Here you will find all the information you need in order to fit your number plates correctly. We have created a number of guides below which will help you remove your old number plates, prepare the area for your new number plates, help you apply your new number plates and how to maintain your new number plates.

1. Removing your existing number plates

In order to remove your existing number plates you will first need to determine how they are currently fixed. They will either be screwed or stuck on using sticky pads.

Removing existing number plates which are screwed on is very simple, just simply remove the screws and pull off the existing number plates.

Ensure you have a hold of the plate once the screws have been removed to ensure the plate doesn’t fall and damage your bodywork. Some number plates which have been screwed on may also have sticky pads applied.

Please remember to keep the existing number plates if you plan to fit your new number plates with screws, as we will use the existing number plates as a template.

Removing your existing number plates which are stuck on using sticky pads is also very simple. We highly recommend our fishing tackle method. You can also use dental floss or string as a method for removing your number plates.

You simply wrap some fishing wire around your fingers and pull back and forth behind the number plates and work your way along until the plate is removed.

This method works very well as it cuts through the sticky pads, removing the number plate but without damaging your cars bodywork.

Some number plates which have been stuck with sticky pads can simply be removed by placing your finger nails under one edge of the plate, and pulling and bending the plate towards you and the plate should come unstuck.

Heat can also help with removing the existing number plates if required, using a heat gun or hair dryer which can also loosen the bond between the sticky pads and bodywork. Also soaking the area in wd40 can also help.

2. Preparing the area for your new number plates

It is vital that you clean and prepare the area on the vehicle where your existing number plates have been fixed.

This is especially important if you are planning to stick the new number plates to your vehicle as this will ensure the best possible adhesion.

First off we recommend cleaning the area behind your existing number plates with a general wash solution or WD40 or similar, to remove all of the general dirt and grime.

Usually the area behind the existing number plates is very dirty, as dirt and debris work their way in to the areas behind the number plates which general washing does not remove.

Once the area is cleaned and dried you will need to remove any existing sticky pads and residue (if the number plates were stuck on). The best way is to soak the area first in a solvent such as wd40 and scrub away at the existing pad and pad residue ideally with one of our plastic tools.

It is not fully necessary to remove all of the sticky pad residue, but the more residue that is removed, the better adhesion and also the flatter the plate will sit to the bodywork.

To start you will want to remove the foam left on top of the bodywork from the existing number plates. You can use a number of general items to remove the existing pads and foam such as ruler or credit card, but we offer a cheap plastic tool in our accessory line up which is fantastic at removing old sticky pads, but doesn't damage bodywork.

Keep the pressure moderate, do not scrub to hard, your main aim is to simply remove the foam part of the pads. WD40 comes in very handy at this stage. General house hold vinegar works well also, please leave to soak for 2-3 minutes.

Once you are happy with the results, the final step is to clean the area with our Isopropyl pads. These are important as they fully clean and dissolve everything that is left on the surface such as grease, water spotting and cleaning residue. This ensures that when you apply your new number plates they stick perfectly to a fully clean surface.

General cleaners and wash solutions and even water will always leave behind residue, which can hinder the sticky pad adhesion, the alcohol pads fully remove everything and evaporate to leave a pure bodywork finish.

Make sure the area is also dry before applying your new number plates, as wet bodywork or water will cause issues with adhesion.

3. Fitting your number plates using screws

To fit your number plates using screws we highly recommend using your existing number plates as a template, as this will ensure that the screw holes are in the exact same location on your new number plates.

This is not entirely necessary for example if you wish to relocate the screw holes, or if for example your number plate was stuck on using sticky pads, and you now wish to use screws instead.

If you are fitting your new number plates with screws and the existing number plates have not been screwed on, then you will not need to use your existing plate as a template. You will simply just have to drill new holes in the preferred location. But it may be worth using your old plate as a test before drilling your new number plates.

You will need an electric drill, a HSS Pro 4.2mm drill bit, and a screw kit, all of which you can purchase online via our website.

Lay the new number plate facing upwards on a table or floor where you are drilling, and place the existing old plate on top facing upwards.

Then square up the two number plates so they are positioned correctly on top of each other, and mark on the new number plate where the hole locations are on the existing number plates, ideally with a black marker pen.

Remove the old existing number plate that is on top and get ready to drill the marker holes on the new number plates.

Please use these 5 simple rules for the best possible finish:

1. Drill front to back
2. Drill slowly
3. Drill with very little pressure
4. Use correct drill bit
5. Place something soft underneath

Once your new number plates have been drilled you will be then be able to fix them to your vehicle. We recommend using our PZ2 ScrewDriver Bits which are a perfect fitment for screws.

Don't forget also to add the screw caps for the best possible finish and look, which are included in our screw kits which can be ordered online via our website.

Please note we do not recommend drilling through our gel digits on our gel resin plates, as this can cause them to become unstuck.

We recommend relocating the drill holes, or using sticky pads instead, see below.

4. Fitting your number plates using sticky pads

To ensure the best possible fitment of your new number plates with sticky pads, it is important that you followed step 2 on preparing the area, to ensure the best possible adhesion for your new number plates.

The next step is to apply the sticky pads to the back of the new number plates. We highly recommend 6 pads per number plate, and in some instances with gel resin number plates and some larger number plates we recommend applying more pads for example 9-12, the more the better in our opinion.

Apply the pads in both horizontal, vertical and slanted positions as shown in the photographs to get the best grip. Begin to remove the backing of the pads when you are ready to apply the number plates to your vehicle.

Place the plate up gently against the area on the vehicle where you wish to apply, and then once happy with the position firmly apply pressure with your hands all over the plate to ensure the sticky pads fully stick to your vehicle.

We highly recommend sticky pads as our pads are very strong. The other benefits include not having to drill your number plates, which in turn makes the plate look neater. Also in most instances the plates do seam to last longer too.

We do not recommend using sticky pads if the area where the number plates are applied is curved or bent. Some Mercedes and Porsche vehicles have bumpers where the bumpers curve resulting in the number plate having to flex. We recommend in those instances to use screws to fix your number plates.

You can use the screw method, but also add a few sticky pads if required.

 


5. Fitting your number plates using number plate surrounds

Our Black and Chrome number plate surrounds are of a very high quality and made in England. They add a high quality feel and look to any number plate, and are well worth it.

To fix your number plates using our surrounds, you can either:

1. Screw surround to car
2. Stick surround to car

then:

1. Screw plate to surround
2. Stick plate to surround

We recommend screwing the surround to your vehicle, and then sticking the plate to the surround.

The surround will take any standard oblong size number plate, ie:520mm x 111mm / 20.5in x 4.4in, which is the standard most common number plate size in the UK used by 98% of vehicles.

One surround is enough to fit one number plate, so if you are ordering a set of number plates, two surrounds will be required.

Surrounds come with no fixings so we recommend ordering 1 screw kit and 1 sticky pad kit per surround, or one of our bulk value kits if you are ordering two surrounds.

6. Using our Suction Cups for fitment

Our double sided suction cups are fantastic for temporary adhesion of your number plates, either directly to your vehicle or over your existing number plate.

They easily and instantly adhere to most surfaces, and can be easily removed without any residue left behind. They are also resistant to water, heat and many other influencing factors.

Just simply moisten the cup and apply pressure to the back of the plate, and then apply to your vehicle.

We recommend 4 suction cups per plate, and we sell them for £0.99 as a pair.


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