HI, anyone know who does a good job repainting original New York 1922 Plates? Please help me locate. Thanks!
Just Google "License plate restoration", there are plenty of places that will do it. Sadly, my home state of Massachusetts is (as far as I know) is the only state that will not allow YOM plates to be restored, retouched, or messed with in any way. I have been trying to get an explanation for this from my legislators, the Mass DMV, the police, or anyone who might know why. Nobody seems to know, and a bill filed to allow plate restoration failed to pass a couple of years ago. I don't get it.
Google "Dan Landino"
Massachusetts could not figure out a way to tax the restoration process so they banned it.
As Mel Gibson once said, "Everything's illegal in Massachusetts"
I believe NY also prohibits restored plates. No surprise there as they can't seem to get anything right in NY that does not involve raising revenue. Fortunately, they are not smart enough to figure out that you can restore the plates after they approve them!
Florida prohibits restored plates too
My dad is a longtime collector of early Minnesota license plates but doesn't restore plates unless they are something rare/special but in bad condition.
If the background color is an easy match (such as black) or a color that he can buy in a spray can off the shelf, he restores the plate himself and then has a fellow who is a sign painter/pin striper do the lettering.
This is the genuine plate #1 for 1918-19-20. My dad did the black - had a sign painter do the lettering:
Most recent plate - the back ground was Rustoleum that was a very good match to the original paint. Same procedure - my dad restored the plate and had a sign painter/pin striper do the black lettering.
Calif also bans restored plates. The YOM places on my 28 A look fantastic and the DMV inspector that looked at them remarked on their condition and all I said was that I was lucky to find them in that condition. Their condition when I got them?? Full restored
Mister Bumble's observation that "the law is a ass" would certainly apply to the provision that plates may not be restored. As Bill's story demonstrates, how would anyone know?
By the way, here's another answer to Tony's question: http://www.finishyourplates.com/.
Dwayne Wells here in Michigan does a great job.