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Dendritic monoprinting is a captivating and elaborate style of painting that is guaranteed to be an eye-catching piece of art. But can this style of painting apply to acrylic plates?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Can you do dendritic monoprinting with acrylic plates?’

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What is dendritic monoprinting?

What is dendritic monoprinting?

Dendritic monoprinting is a method of creating art through the non-porous properties of materials such as acrylic. This technique is done by putting paint between two layers of acrylic and pressing them together.

Many unique designs can come as a result of this process, with most of the designs resembling the shape of coral. Different types of paints can be used to create more pronounced effects.

Some of you reading this may be wondering where the correlation between this style of painting and number plates is. Well, this style of painting is used on non-porous surfaces such as acrylic, which standard number plates are made from.

With this understanding, is there potential for dendritic monoprinting to be done on a number plate?

Can you do dendritic monoprinting with acrylic plates?

Although dendritic monoprinting is done on acrylic sheets, it isn’t made for use on acrylic plates that will be used for number plates.

That being said, dendritic monoprinting may be done on acrylic plates, but this is only in a personal capacity. Regarding road-legal number plates, dendritic monoprinting is not an appropriate or practical way to create number plates fit for road use in the UK.

However, there are legal alternatives available for anyone who wants a change from the standard number plate. One of these alternatives is the Gel Number Plate.

Legal number plate customisations

Gel number plates come in ‘3D’ or ‘4D’ options. Both of these options provide a unique 3D look for your number plates, allowing the characters to be raised from the plate. 3D Plates have a slightly more traditional shape in terms of the characters, whereas 4D Plates look slightly thicker and angular.

Additionally, we at Bespoke Plates also offer additional options that can be used alongside 3D or 4D plates, these include…

  • Hex Plates – £15.00 – A Hex Plate is an alteration on the shape of a traditional number plate. Rather than the familiar rectangular shape of the plate, it instead opts for an elongated hexagonal shape.
  • Show plate
  • Plate tinting — From £4.99 to £15.00
  • Plate size options – £6.00
  • Borders – £4.99
  • Side badges – £12.00

Why can’t number plates look unique?

With all the options available for customising number plates, why exactly do some designs stop the number plate from legally being used on the road and being relegated to being a show plate instead?

There is more than one answer to this. Firstly, a number plate that is extravagantly decorated with bright colours and lights and other features is naturally going to be a distraction to other road users.

Having no regulations on the way a number plate can look can influence some to make extremely complicated number plate designs which could also end up being a hazard on the road should it fall off or get damaged.

Secondly, ANPR systems whether that be speed cameras, police ANPR units, and even those at paid car parks may struggle to identify the characters of a number plate if it is excessively decorated and stylized.

Even the yellow/white background with black writing is used specifically to be identified quickly and easily. This is why number plates only have limited flexibility in terms of what is considered a road-legal customisation.

Can you do dendritic monoprinting on a show plate?

In theory, yes. Show plates are not bound by the legal conventions placed on other number plates, as show plates are not road-legal as it is. They are designed specifically for show, not for use on a vehicle on public roads.

If you can find an artist who would commission a piece using acrylic number plates as their canvas, then dendritic monoprinting can be possible on a show plate. The challenge is finding a platemaker who can do it, as it is a very specialist request.

If you are successful, please remember that no such plate is legal to use on a vehicle in the UK.

How to get legal custom number plates

Getting your own bespoke custom number plate is relatively simple. In most cases, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! If you opt to use Bespoke Plates, you can order a custom number plate directly from our website.

Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.
  7. Confirm your order!

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Do number plates have to be made from acrylic?

Do number plates have to be made from acrylic?

Yes. All number plates that are intended for use on public roads must be made from acrylic. Acrylic is chosen specifically because of its moderate endurance and flexibility. It also holds a high level of reflectiveness, which is key in maintaining visibility on roads, for other road users and ANPR systems.

Additionally, acrylic is extremely lightweight, which means its placement on the vehicle does not compromise the vehicle’s balance in any way.

Have number plates always been acrylic?

No. Before 1972, number plates were made with aluminium in the UK. This presented a sleek and relatively reflective number plate at the time. These older plates had a black background and silver characters, the silver characters were the reflective part of the number plate back then.

The problem with aluminium number plates was that they were easily bendable, and were slightly more costly to create. Shipping was a complicated process as there had to be extra precautions put in place to prevent the plates from bending in transit.

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Is number plate customisation legal?

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options and the information you need to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have confidently displayed everything you need to know regarding the question ‘Can you do dendritic monoprinting with acrylic plates?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

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