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I'm aware not everyone has this requirement, but in the UK if I want to change the plates I need to get a bend into my replacement front reg.

Does anyone have any experience of how to do this without destroying the plate, or worse, the car?

Although I'm sure this must have been asked before I couldn't drag anything up in a search. Apologies in advance if it is just me being dumb.
 

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I'm aware not everyone has this requirement, but in the UK if I want to change the plates I need to get a bend into my replacement front reg.

Does anyone have any experience of how to do this without destroying the plate, or worse, the car?

Although I'm sure this must have been asked before I couldn't drag anything up in a search. Apologies in advance if it is just me being dumb.
I used my wife's hairdryer :laugh:

Then used 3m foam pads to stick it on, nice and neat, no holes or screws :tu:
 

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Take two piles of books or any similar objects & protecting the face of the plate with a soft cloth, place it upside down as if to form a bridge. Place something in the centre of the plate just heavy enough for it to bend slightly. Leave for a while near a gentle eat source such as a radiator or sunny window shelf.
Then, avoiding a very cold day place numerous double sided adhesive pads (as supplied by the likes of Halfrauds) across the back of the plate which should be now have at least some natural bend to it.
Fit to the number plate plinth & IMMEDIATLEY place strong masking tape over the edges onto the surrounding plinth & bodywork. Leave 24 hrs.
The plate SHOULD stay in place & not start to come away at the ends. However as per my experience with 3 cars with the same design of curved plinth you may have to drill a hole at either end of the plate, mid-way between top & bottom & screw in some proper number plate screws that have a white hinged top to hide the shiny screw.
 

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It's such a small thing, but I REALLY hate number plate screws showing :mad: so on all my recent cars I've replaced the plates and attached them with double sided tape.

The SLK is a little more challenging having the bend in it, I buggered up my first replacement front plate by trying a bit too too hard using a method similar to the one @oldmercman suggests above; I supported the plate face down on a book at each end and rested a book on the middle of it overnight), basically the backing came adrift from the perspex along a 3-4mm line from top to bottom right down the middle. I pushed the backing back against the plate but an unsightly mark remained.

Luckily I had another front plate, I didn't bother bending that at all before it fitted it. I just degreased all the surfaces thoroughly and then used loads and loads of strips of double sided foam tape running from top to bottom most of it stuck really well apart from the very tip of one end, but after pushing it back firmly it eventually stuck and I didn't have any further problems.

Good luck! :smile:
 

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It's flexible enough without all this heat prep just did mine today but don't trust the tape 2x screws is the only way imho
Decent ( and i mean decent ) double sided foam tape will stick a front number plate on without any issues or falling off .

Been using that method to fit many number plates on and had one on for 11.7 years plus plus .

So i think its strong enough .
And no real prep work is req as such as number plates are very flexible but better on a warmer day . :grin:

Never use screws they give an awlful finish plus water / moisture / air gets in there and starts opening up the number plate far far quicker if its non drilled . :grin:

Plus drilling / screwing goes through your bumber behind and you should see how many times its been drilled in its lifetime . :crying:
 

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Decent ( and i mean decent ) double sided foam tape will stick a front number plate on without any issues or falling off .

Been using that method to fit many number plates on and had one on for 11.7 years plus plus .

So i think its strong enough .
And no real prep work is req as such as number plates are very flexible but better on a warmer day . :grin:

Never use screws they give an awlful finish plus water / moisture / air gets in there and starts opening up the number plate far far quicker if its non drilled . :grin:

Plus drilling / screwing goes through your bumber behind and you should see how many times its been drilled in its lifetime . :crying:
I think we'll agree to disagree on this one, with sticky tape water/moisture is the enemy, with screws and the approp black/yellow/white covers it's a nice clean finish. Two holes on each bumper/n/plate holder is all that's needed in a lifetime. Been there done that with tape and reverted back
 

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I think we'll agree to disagree on this one, with sticky tape water/moisture is the enemy, with screws and the approp black/yellow/white covers it's a nice clean finish. Two holes on each bumper/n/plate holder is all that's needed in a lifetime. Been there done that with tape and reverted back
If you use a good quality expensive double sided foam tape ( 3m , Wurth )
You will have no issues as the attachment is from behind the plate .
So no physical damage is done like drilling through the number plate which eventually opens it up to the elements .
Even using caps etc
The screws eventually corrodes the rust expands water / salt air will eventually get in and then the number plate starts opening up and it will start to look awful.

A stuck on number plate there will be no physical damage to plate and will last many years longer .

I have been fitting number plates for many years and the amount of time screws have corroded and ruined plates is well thousands . >:D

1 It has a cleaner look
2 professional finish
3 Longer lasting
4 Less chance of being nicked to . :grin:
5 and is a bugger to remove
6 less prone to bubble and pry apart
7 no chance of drilling in to your bumber
8 MOT failure due to water / air damage
 

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I'm aware not everyone has this requirement, but in the UK if I want to change the plates I need to get a bend into my replacement front reg.

Does anyone have any experience of how to do this without destroying the plate, or worse, the car?

Although I'm sure this must have been asked before I couldn't drag anything up in a search. Apologies in advance if it is just me being dumb.
I needed to do this to my R170, and instead bought a new plate surround from here
Mercedes Chrome number plate surround | eBay
The clips that hold the front of the plate are strong enough to absorb the bend needed, and so there's no need for double sided foam tape or any visible screw heads or fixings. In my humble opinion I think it looks a lot tidier.
 

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Thanks everyone.

Are a couple of the above pics 'show plates'? Do you ever have problems with an MOT?

I want to put a couple of extra spaces in the middle (ie. XX XXX becomes XX XXX). I'd use standard font, colours etc so I don't feel like I am overly taking the proverbial. Seems I would do so at my own risk. But is it really a risk?
 

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I don't see anything that looks remotely dubious posted in this thread. Even the pressed steel plates issue has pretty much resolved itself now and the metal plates linked are marked up to the legal standard required. Then again, the eBay seller making them does not seem to be requesting any of the paperwork you are legally required to produce so who knows if they're really BS standard or just BS?

With regard to interesting spacing etc., you're probably fine EXCEPT they'll always have a reason to pull you over and if you do do anything daft (caught speeding etc.) it's another 3 points to add to whatever else they'd normally award you.

Personally, I wouldn't. I'm driving a Mercedes SLK. It doesn't need anything to make it "special". It's special already.
 

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Incorrect spacing is a mot failure, happened to me once.
 

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Incorrect spacing is a mot failure, happened to me once.

Totally a MOT failure yes and putting in extra xxx spaces in the number plates .

You will eventually get a pull by the old bill and it will give them an excuse to check your car over fully etc .

And you will look a bit silly in spacing it out .
Your car is fine as is .

If you want your reg to stand out get a private plate on .
 

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If you want your reg to stand out get a private plate on .
I am but with so few digits I have a lot more space to play with. It seems silly having it so concentrated in the middle with just a 33mm gap. I wasn't going to go crazy, but I was looking to extend the gap.

I went outside and checked and my current front plate is put on with screws so I do have that option. The plate has the name of the garage that I bought it from so presumably this is something that they have just done.

Speaking of which, legal plates are required to have the manufactures details printed in the centre. In some of the pics I couldn't see these (perhaps just angle and/or resolution). That is what I was referring too with regard my "show plate" comment. My mistake. I didn't mean to offend.
 

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I am but with so few digits I have a lot more space to play with. It seems silly having it so concentrated in the middle with just a 33mm gap. I wasn't going to go crazy, but I was looking to extend the gap.

I went outside and checked and my current front plate is put on with screws so I do have that option. The plate has the name of the garage that I bought it from so presumably this is something that they have just done.

Speaking of which, legal plates are required to have the manufactures details printed in the centre. In some of the pics I couldn't see these (perhaps just angle and/or resolution). That is what I was referring too with regard my "show plate" comment. My mistake. I didn't mean to offend.

No offence taken

The plates are meant to have the correct spacing by MOT standards etc
The name of the vendor who made them at bottom center and the bs i etc

On the far right

But you can change as you please but be aware you could get a tug or put the original back on for mot purposes etc .

Or leave as . :grin:
 

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My UK dealer supplied car has a "bent" plastic carrier plate on the front that clips over the number plate and bends it. The carrier is screwed to the bumper. No screw holes are visible. It's obviously made for this purpose as its a perfect fit on the front bumper.
 

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If you use a good quality expensive double sided foam tape ( 3m , Wurth )
You will have no issues as the attachment is from behind the plate .
So no physical damage is done like drilling through the number plate which eventually opens it up to the elements .
Even using caps etc
The screws eventually corrodes the rust expands water / salt air will eventually get in and then the number plate starts opening up and it will start to look awful.

A stuck on number plate there will be no physical damage to plate and will last many years longer .

I have been fitting number plates for many years and the amount of time screws have corroded and ruined plates is well thousands . >:D



1 It has a cleaner look
2 professional finish
3 Longer lasting
4 Less chance of being nicked to . :grin:
5 and is a bugger to remove
6 less prone to bubble and pry apart
7 no chance of drilling in to your bumber
8 MOT failure due to water / air damage
Thousands wowlaugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:Y)Y)
 
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