How to Stick Number Plate on Car

For some people, screwing a number plate into their vehicle bumper is the last thing they want to do. As doing so can damage the aesthetics of the custom or private plate they invested in. So, is there more than one way to stick a number plate on a car? Can you do it with any kind of glue? Or is there specialist materials required?

In this blog, we will provide the answers you need regarding how to stick a number plate on a car.

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Why are number plates on bumpers?

Why aren’t all number plates digital?

Number plates are on the bumpers of a vehicle, as they are the safest place for them to be. If they were on the sides of a vehicle, it can be a distraction to other road users who try to read it whilst driving.

Having them on the front and back of the vehicle allows for ANPR systems to capture them easily. As well as road users who can make out the plate of the vehicle if it is in front of them, or oncoming.

Some road users have their number plates on their windows, this may be as a result of their plate falling off, or their bumper breaking. Having your number plate on your window whilst driving is not legal, though in some circumstances it can be permissible, as long as you are on your way to get the plate reattached correctly.

Why shouldn’t plates be on front or back windows?

A number plate shouldn’t be displayed behind a front or rear window, simply because ANPR systems can struggle to capture the plate’s characters, due to the angle of the plate. In other cases, reflections from the window obscure the plate’s characters.

How to stick number plate on car

How to stick number plate on car

Number plates can be attached to a car in more than one way, but when it comes to sticking a number plate onto a car, there is only really one way. Sticky pads.

Sticky pads generally come as a what is essentially a double-sided sticky tape, the difference being that the sticking power is more long-lasting and effective than the Sellotape or glue that you use in DIY.

The process of using sticky pads to attach a number plate to a car is very simple…

  1. Remove one side of the sticky pad, and stick the exposed part to the back of your number plate.
  1. After time has passed and the pad has stuck, remove the remaining side, and attach that to the bumper of your car.

If you wish to apply the sticky pad to the bumper first, and then attach the plate, that is also an option you can do.

The most important factor is ensuring that your number plate is perfectly level. It should be completely horizontal. It should also not be close to the bottom of the bumper, otherwise it could be affected by hazards or high pavements/speed bumps.

If you have a new number plate, or are reattaching an old one via a sticky pad, there are options for professional installation should you require it. Although it is easy to install, it is just as easy to make a mistake.

Can you remove sticky pads?

Sticky pads can be removed, however it must be done with care and control. Mindlessly ripping the plate from the bumper can result in damage to the plate or the bumper. In some cases, regardless of how the plate is removed, there may be residue on the bumper.

The adhesive residue on the bumper can be easily cleaned away, depending on where you get your sticky pads from, be sure to ask them how to remove any residue effectively.

Is a sticky pad the most secure way to attach a plate?

Although the stick provided by a sticky pad is very effective, it can still be bypassed with enough force. Screwing your number plate is the most secure way to attach your number plate, or using a number plate holder. Both options use screws, so the hold is reinforced by something other than adhesive.

Can you use glue or duct tape to attach a number plate?

No. Your standard PVA Glue, or other glues that are not specially made for car bumpers and number plates, will not be enough to attach your number plate securely.

When using a glue or adhesive, you need to be conscious of the fact that the plate will literally be at the brunt of bad weather, some hazards, and high velocity winds. As a result of driving on roads and motorways. Your standard glue and adhesives aren’t made to withstand this, whereas the adhesive of a sticky pad is.

When it comes to duct tape, it can’t be applied without covering an area of the number plate itself. Naturally, you would require more tape for a stronger hold, which in turn will cover the number plate even more.

Double-sided tape may be an option, but similar to using a normal glue, it is not made to have a hold that can withstand the elements, and the experiences that a plate will commonly go through.

What do I do if someone steals my number plate?

What do I do if someone steals my number plate?

If your number plate is stolen, you should notify the authorities immediately, followed by your insurance. If you are leasing or renting the vehicle, you should also contact the vehicle owner.

It is best not to tamper with the vehicle until it has been seen to by the authorities, whilst you’re waiting, it could be a good idea to check the locality for anyone who may have recorded the incident. This could have been recorded via a doorbell camera, or dashcam.

Why are number plates stolen?

Number plates are stolen to facilitate crimes in other vehicles. Essentially, criminals would use a stolen number plate on the vehicle they use to commit crimes. This tricks ANPR systems into charging the wrong road user with speeding or anything that the ANPR system catches them doing.

However, if the ANPR system they come across is in a police vehicle, the likelihood that they are stopped is higher, simply because the plate’s details don’t align with the vehicle it is currently on.

This is why it is vital to let authorities and your insurance know that your plate has been stolen, this lets police know which plate to look out for. Whilst also preventing you from being charged for road violations that you did not commit.

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In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options, and the information you need in order to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have shown you how to stick a number plate on a car.

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

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