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    have just bought some aftermarket no plates,noticed the front no plate is bent slightly in the middle to the contour of the bumper,which is the best way to do this?...your thoughts welcome

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    I drilled a hole in each corner so my numberplate follows the contour of the bumper ....

    I dislike the the sticking out at the sides way that vx do them

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    the only problem is i,ve already used the old plates holes as templates for the new plates..did,nt notice the slight bend when i took it off

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    Could just use the old holes to fix the plates on but get some of those double sided adhesive strips to stick on at both ends to hold it flat against the bumper.

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    yeah i was thinking that aswell,i,d love to know how the stealers got the bend in it,probs with a machine like a pipe bender,i was thinking of borrowing the wife,s hairdryer!! (last resort)

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    Yeah heat and bending did cross my mind like lol. Maybe worth applying a light bend in it and taking the hairdryer to it. But be gentle last thing you want is a snapped or melted plate after you spent all that money! but i think you cant go wrong with those adhesive pads anyway safe as houses. Any chance of a pic just so we can get an idea of the style of it?

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    My choice would be gentle heat, but I'm not allowed to do things like that since I tried to defrost the freezer with a blowlamp. Cost me a new freezer.

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    this isnt my car,but the no plates the same

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    If you've got a single slice toaster m8 stick the bit you want to bend over the top, this way the heat is restricted to the bit you want to bend. They're basically the same as a strip heater so may well do the job for you. Andseeing as you'll be in the kitchen once it's hot enough to flex bend it over the kitchen worktop slightly and hold it until it cools. I doubt the toater will get it hot enough to bubble, but if it does at least it'll be on the back.

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    Buy number plate fixing pads from halfords bud to stick each end down and use the screws to secure it thats what i did to my sons astra and that has a bigger curve and they have held in place.

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