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Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by alex350r, Oct 2, 2013.

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    Hi Guys,

    I've just bought some new plates from demonplates. I decided that rather than drill them I would use the sticky pads as it looks neater. Front one went on fine but the rear was another story - one of the bolts had completely seized. Luckily I managed to get it out with my drill. I've noticed that underneath the rear one is this sort of rubber padding stuff - unfortunately overnight it's got completely soaked so I can't stick my replacement on as the padding is soaking wet. Those of you that have done the same is it best for me to scratch/remove that padding? So that I'm sticking the new plate just onto the metal?

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    I did something similar, as I prefer the "clean" look of plates stuck on rather than screwed on or attached to mounts. It's a laborious job, but clean it back to bare metal, degrease the surface with an alcohol wipe, then attach the plates with new sticky pads.

    Make sure you get it positioned right first time!
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    Nice one thanks - i'll do the same. Any tips for removing that rubber stuff - worth heating it up with a hairdryer?

    Cheers
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    That would probably help, yes. As for removing the sticky residue afterwards, I find the wife's nail varnish remover invaluable.
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    Hairdryer will do the trick, and bug/tar remover. What plates have you had?
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    Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover will have the sticky crud off in a jiffy

    goose
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    The best solution to remove any sticky foam tape etc stuff is a "caramel wheel" & cordless drill, quite literally brilliant tool.
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    My rear number plate fell off (it was stuck on). I used WD40 to clean the sticky residue off before reattaching. Note I only had sticky stuff on the plate and not on the metal. It was pain of a job.
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    Over on Mk5golfgti.co.uk few of them use magnets. Can't remember the name of the company right now but they do 3m adhesive backed magnets the size of 50p pieces and are incredibly strong.

    Method for the front (non-metal) was to attach one polarity magnet to the inner section of the front bumper so it's completely hidden (have to be careful to get the adhesive on the correct polarity side). That way you could remove the plate whenever you wanted and wouldn't know the magnets were ever there. Great for shows etc.
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    It's all about plate holders (screwed but unseen behind the plate) and euro plates :cool:
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    I've started using this for trailers; means I can have one trailer plate for each car, and move it easily to the active trailer.
    Only became an issue when I started having more than one tow-hitch on the drive.
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    Thanks guys - I had some of that Autoglym tar remover in the garage so I used that - worked a treat. Once I got that sticky **** off it was an easy job. These are the plates i've had, nothing special really just nice ones from demonplates.

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    Those plates look lovely mate. :)

    As does the paintwork... Mmm shiny!
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    Cheers :thumbsup: the paint could do with being mopped tbh but i'm happy with it for now. Actually had the bonnet resprayed after I bought the car as the previous owner had let some bird poo rot into the paintwork!
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