How to Make Polycarbonate Car Number Plates

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How to Make Polycarbonate Car Number Plates
Number plates can be created using a polycarbonate sheet. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The design and production of car number plates is a major industry in the U.S. due to ever increasing production of cars and the desire to personalise the plates. Although restricted by specifically defined regulations or sizes, styles and colours, there are opportunities to design a number plate that is tailored for the individual. The production of a number plate is fast and simple, with companies able to complete design and production within one working day. With the right tools, number plates can also be produced at home.

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Things you need

  • Self adhesive polycarbonate clear sheet
  • Self adhesive reflective yellow sheet
  • Clear plastic film
  • Printer
  • Number plate design program
  • Clamp

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  1. 1

    Install a number plate design program such as LG plates on your computer. This can be found at Open the program once installed.

  2. 2

    Enter appropriate information for car number plate design into the parameters. Standard styles and sizes should be already set up within the program. Ensure the data entered is legal.

  3. 3

    Print the car number plate design onto the clear plastic film.

  4. 4

    Cut down the self adhesive polycarbonate clear sheet, the self adhesive reflective yellow sheet and the clear plastic film with the print on to appropriate sizes. Standard sizes for front and back car number plates are 20 1/2 inches in width by 4 3/8 inches in height.

  5. 5

    Peel off the adhesive film on the self adhesive polycarbonate clear sheet. Place the clear plastic film, reverse side up on to the polycarbonate clear sheet. Ensure the two materials are aligned accurately.

  6. 6

    Peel off the adhesive film on the self adhesive reflective yellow sheet. Place it on the clear polycarbonate sheet, the opposite side to the plastic film with print. Ensure the materials are aligned accurately.

  7. 7

    Press all three materials together with the use of a clamp.

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