Fixing a old plate

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ronnie wehba on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 07:03 am:

I have a 25 texas plate in pretty good shape it has no paint left on it what I would like to do is reprint it then make it look like old paint don,t want it to look redone need ideas


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Alexander in Albion, Maine on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 07:08 am:

Find someone who has an original, painted plate and take it to a good auto paint store. They can scan it and come up with "old" looking colors. Don't prep the surface too well just enough to provide a surface for the new paint and you might end up with the look you want.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ronnie wehba on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 07:47 am:

Thanks good friend has a body shop here


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 08:55 am:

Put the paint on very thin and let dry. Then use mud on a Scotch-Brite pad to take any gloss off. Let that dry and then rub with a rag til it looks good to you. Don't do it evenly but in a random pattern.

Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Treace, North FL on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 09:25 am:

Photo from www.plateshack.com



...something to go by :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary White on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 10:44 am:

Use an alkyd enamel with a flattening agent...modern 2-part paints don't look right at all.

I refinished this '42 plate a few years back (had the enamel color matched to another plate at my local Sherwin-Williams). Just make sure you remove all the rust...I evidently didn't and it's creeping through on the bottom.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 10:54 am:

Texas doesn't allow restored or modified plates so make it look good and old. The plate above doesn't look like the right color on my PC display but the colors should be white characters on maroon background.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Travis E. Towle on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 11:37 am:

What's the trick to doing the numbers right?

Travis


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Terry Woods, Richmond, Texas on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 11:48 am:

Ken, the statement that "Texas doesn't allow restored or modified plates" is news to me. I repainted a set of 27 Texas plates, myself, and have used them for more than 10 years (along with the little sticker tag that has your registration sticker). I also have a set of plates restored by a man in Fort Worth that I use on another T. Maybe I am just lucky and have a liberal County Tax Assessor.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 12:07 pm:

That's probably the case. It states that the plate must be "approved" by the tax office. This means individual clerks do the review. I know they work from a set of guidelines in a DMV manual. Perhaps it's the individual's interpretation of it. Apparently, some changes were made in 2011 and/or 2013.

It's been a while since I was getting plates at the office. When I was in line, there was a guy with YOM plates at the counter and was told they couldn't be used because they were repainted. The law specifically states that the plates can't be reproductions--The must be manufactured in the year of the car.

The quote below is from the latest registration form (VTR-54). I see that it doesn't mention modifications any more.

/quote{If using “old” Texas plates, the plates must be examined at your local county tax assessor-collector's office before submitting this
application. To be approved, the Texas plates must be the same year as the year model of the antique vehicle, with the correct
color scheme, and be in good readable condition. Qualifying license plates, such as Farm plates, Dealer plates, etc., may not be
used. If approved, a plate tab with sticker will be issued to show valid registration.}


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