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Best way to remove stuck on number plates?

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    I need to replace my number plates. They look to be stuck on, whats the best way to remove these and put the new ones on w/o any damage to the car?

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    Dental floss is the favorite trick.
    New ones should use double sided foam tape or sticky pads. Just ensure both surfaces are properly clean & dry, use lighter fluid or white spirit. Warming up the adhesive with a hairdryer helps.
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    I had exactly the same problem with my rs4 front plate. It was stuck ALL OVER with that really sticky tape. I just got my fingers underneath one end of the plate and pulled. After pulling the plate off it was like a semi-circle !

    I used a combination of my nails, warm soapy water, and a bit of white spirit to get the sticky residue off
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    WHilest on the subject about number plates - i have new plates due anytime in the next couple of weeks. Whats the best way to attach the new plates? Sticky tape from an auto shop or drill / screw?

    CHeers.
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    To remove the old plates just get your fingers under them and pull them off. That double sided tape they use can be a right git though so you may find a fair bit of effort is required.

    WD40 is very good for removing the old sticky stuff, use and old credit card to remove a lot of the reisdue and then clean it up with a rag and some WD40. You'll need to use some kind of spirit to remove that tho if you plan to stick new plates on.

    Personally I prefer to stick the new plates on, not screw them I think it looks cleaner and tidier. The added bonus of this is it is easier to get them striaght. Once you've drilled the plates your kind of stcuk with them if they are on pissed!!!

    Halfords sell the sticky tabs for fixing the plates on.

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    try using some strong fishing line .It wont scratch your car and you can use it to cut through the tape . Then remove the excess with some acetone or similar
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    A jet wash. Peel the actual pads off by hand to leave the sticky residue behind then just get a decent jet washer on it and it comes straight off.
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    Cheers guys, will have a go at the w/e.

    One last question tho, is white spirit ok to use the way mentioned on clearcoat ?
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    It's personal preference really. I prefer double-sided sticky pads.
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    I'd use sticky pads myself...
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    Yep it'll be fine.

    J.
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    Yup,brute force and sticky tabs.
    Can't say I ever bother removing the old residue either,as it's hidden anyway.

    Ever noticed the amount of cars going around with manky numberplates ?
    Like water/dirt has got between the plastic and the numbers ?
    What's that all about ?
    Jetwashes ?
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    Also you can use (dare I say it) Autoglym Tar Remover which rips through stickers and stuff like you wouldn't believe.
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    your lucky
    I brought a brand new Sline few months ago and the back number plate fell off 3 times.
    The really hot weeks we had about 1 month ago caused them to fall off. One time it was at 70 mph and this damaged the black plastic surround of the plate.
    I managed to clean this up and remove it from the basic number plate and stick it back on.
    Then one week later the sun heated the plate up again and this time slowly slipped off and down the rear bumper marking it on the way down because of grit under the tape from the first time.
    I moaned to Audi and they tell me its the norm to stick plates on with tape onto a 23K car.....amazing

    Anyway it does work if you use alot of tape like the foam style stuff..
    good luck
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    Mine is taped on front but screwed on back.
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