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Adhesive Number Plate Pads

Hey all,

Anybody got their plates fitted with the adhesive pads you can get? I have a new set of nice clean plates to put on the car and would prefer not to have to drill them.

I've seen the adhesive packs you get with 3 strips (left, middle and right) are these good enough to hold a plate on an Alfa considering how curved they are on the bumper mounts?

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I've put plates on with those adhesive pads on loads of my cars. The important thing is to get the surfaces clean before you put the pad on. Also don't forget to apply pressure on the plate for around 30 seconds to make sure the bond between adhesive on the plate and car is secure. I've never had a plate fall of after sticking it on with an adhesive pad.

EDIT: I think you'll need the thicker version of the pads for a curved surface, the thinner ones are only for flat surfaces.

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My new plates came yesterday and I am intending to do the same thing.

Got a nice Milano logo on 'em too
 
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I had a front one fall off on my old 147, although this could have been because I stuck them on in November, and the cold probably didn't help them stick properly.

I would also suggest trying to bend the front plate to match the curve on the front plate holder before applying applying pads and just bending it around to stick (this was fairly easy on my pressed metal plates), or you may find that the outer edge pop's out after a while due to the pressure of the plate wanting to be straight.
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2spark, where did you get your plates with the 'Milano' logo on (link?), and are they pressed metal?
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The kits you buy are a complete rip off!

They do work, but you can also just use any old double sided sticky foam tape. Normally a couple of quid for a whole roll of it, which means you can put two strips lengthwise instead of three vertically, which is WAY better for a curved plate.

 
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2spark, where did you get your plates with the 'Milano' logo on (link?), and are they pressed metal?
Number Plates Supplier - My Showplates - UK's Number One

Not pressed metal though, just normal.
 
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One thing to bare in mind......once these sticky pads, or sticky tape have been on for a while, they can be a pain to remove. Say you need a new plate because one is cracked for example. I've seen some very worrying bumper flexing when folks have tried to remove stuck on plates!
 
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Mine are stuck on with this stuff, went round the whole plate about 10mm in from the edge, then a few short vertical pieces, sticks like schit

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DOUBLE-SIDED-V...ht_2733wt_1051
 
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my advice is get them from halfrauds ! i've used cheap ones and they never last but the halfrauds ones work a treat !
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...or you may find that the outer edge pop's out after a while due to the pressure of the plate wanting to be straight.
The front plate my Alfa dealer stuck on my 159 kept coming undone, you'd think they'd know what they were doing, but after a few weeks I kept coming back to the car and finding the end unstuck and an inch or so off the bumper. Thinking that it was only a matter of time before some passing yob tried to remove it altogether, I got them to bolt it on, quite unobtrusive, looks quite neat, and it doesn't bother me at all. Only slight problem was that they ran out of solvent to remove the tape residue, but you can only tell if you look right down on it from above, don't think I'd bother with stuck-on plates on my next one.
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Well,

The plates are on, whilst I was out there prepping my neighbour who made the plates came out and gave me some sticky pads they use in the 'industry' (he works for a company that makes and sells the equipment for making numberplates) he said if they don't hold nothing will and that Ferrari use the same sticky pads.

So I used them instead of the ones I bought from Halfords today.

They are pretty good but on the front it is starting to come away so if it comes off completely on the more curved side I'll just stick about 6 on it side by side as he gave me a handful of sheets and there's 4 pads to a sheet.

Must say though it's looking much cleaner as the old plates had lines all through the letters and it just looked scruffy.



Thanks for all the input.

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I use Araldite & hold the plates on with masking tape until it dries
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Well there's no screws through my number plates, and they haven't moved for the 4 years I've owned the car.
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Adhesive is definately the way to go. much tidier
and anyway, my back plate is currently ever so slightly not straight. I hate that and don't get how/why people leave them like that. Or don't line them up tidy in the first place for that matter
 
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Probably because they've spent a tenner on 50p's worth of sticky pads, then put it on wonky before realising they will need new pads if they pull it off to straighten it up.
 
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Probably because they've spent a tenner on 50p's worth of sticky pads, then put it on wonky before realising they will need new pads if they pull it off to straighten it up.
No, it's screwed in at the moment. So even if I did use screws I'd have to re drill and I dont fancy that! Would just end up with an elongated hole
 
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My Brera front plates were screwed in wonky so I removed the screws, cleaned up the mating surfaces with meths, applied the glue, stuck the plate on, repositioned so it was on perfect then stuck it in place to dry with low-tak masking tape.

I also stuck the screw covers in place to cover the existing holes
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My Brera front plates were screwed in wonky so I removed the screws, cleaned up the mating surfaces with meths, applied the glue, stuck the plate on, repositioned so it was on perfect then stuck it in place to dry with low-tak masking tape.

I also stuck the screw covers in place to cover the existing holes
I like your style But why oh why don't they put them on straight

I've seen some top end cars with wonky plates and instead of thinking 'nice car', I'm just thinking 'grrr, wonky plate'.

I have nice new shiny plates to go on today. straight!
 
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It does my head in too!

PS. Drove passed Pen Y Bont on Thursday as down in Swansea for the weekend.

The S4 loves this weather but not the third world Swansea roads
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Number Plates Supplier - My Showplates - UK's Number One

Not pressed metal though, just normal.
Thanks for the link
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I used these guys & they were excellent:-

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