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 are being removed to ensure the plate doesn’t fall and damage your vehicles bodywork. Some number plates that have been screwed on may also have sticky pads applied so please bare that in mind.

Please remember to keep the existing number plates if you plan to fit your new number plates with screws as we will use the old 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 line method. You can also use dental floss or string as a method for removing your number plates.

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

This method works very well as it cuts through the sticky pads and fixings, 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 will loosen the bond between the sticky pads and bodywork. Also soaking the area in wd40 can also help especially when it comes to the next stage for removing old sticky pads and sticky pad residue.

Removing screwed on number plates Using fishing wire to remove old plates
Using fishing wire to remove old plates Number plate removed with fishing wire
Bending plate backwards to remove Using a heat gun to remove old plates
Soaking behind plates with wd40  
2. Preparing the area for your new number plates

It is vital 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 your 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 to remove 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 weekly washing does not remove.

Once the area is washed 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.

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 but we recommend a 2 pence piece.

Keep the pressure moderate, do not scrub to hard, your main aim is to simply remove the foam part of the pads.

After this step we recommend using your fingernails or a credit card to remove any final pad or residue. WD40 will also come in handy at this stage. General house hold vinegar works well also, please leave to soak for 5-10 minutes.

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, 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.

Sticky pad residue behind number plates Soaking the pads in wd40
Using a two pence piece to remove pads Half of a pad removed with two pence piece
Majority of sticky pads removed All sticky pads removed
Cleaning with Alcohol Isopropyl Cleaning Pad  
3. Fitting your number plates using screws

To fit your number plates with 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.

If you are fitting your new number plates with screws and the existing number plates have not been screwed on then this step will not be necessary, you will simply just have to drill new holes in the preferred location.

You will need an electric drill, a HSS Pro 4.2mm drill bit, and a screw kit.

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 ideally with a black marker pen.

Remove the existing number plate on top and get ready to drill the marker holes on the new number plates. Always drill front to rear, drill slowly and place a piece of wood or rubber underneath the new number plate when drilling to stop the plate from flexing. Again ensure you are using the correct drill bit.

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 on our website.

Drill, Screw bit and Drill bit Marking new plates with old plate on top
Drilling new plates Plates drilled
Screwing new plates on New plates applied
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 adding 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 grab. 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 the sticky pads process as our pads are very strong. The other benefits include not having to drill your number plates, we in turn makes the plate look neater. Also in most instances the plates do seam to last longer too.

We do not recommend applying via 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.

Applying sticky pads Sticky pads applied
Applied sticky pads Pealing sticky pads off
Fitting new plates  
5. Cleaning and protecting your number plates

It is vital to ensure you clean and protect your number plates as often as possible. We recommend just regular washing of the vehicle and number plates as sufficient to keep the number plates clean.

From time to time it is beneficial to clean the number plates with a strong cleaner such as an alloy wheel cleaner. You can also use WD40 or household vinegar which also works to remove every day road grime.

It is also highly recommended to apply a protective coating such as a general car wax or sealant. This adds a small protective layer to the front of your number plates for that added protection.

 

We really do hope you have found these fitting guide's helpful. Remember if you ever need help with fitting your number plates you are always welcome to email us and we will always be more than happy to help and advise.

Washing new plates Applying wax to new plates
Drying and remove wax from plates  


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