Saturday, September 10, 2016

California Automobile Registration Sticker Protection

Fig.1 Toyota Trademark
By Gary Boutin


Tools and Supplies:
License Plate
Phillip Screwdriver
Razor knife or razor blades
Registration Sticker

California registration sticker give the driver the right to drive the roads. These metal foil stickers are expensive and need protecting. In California you can not place your driver license inside a protective case. The case could prevent police officers from reading the license plate and registration stickers.

This post shows the twelve steps to protecting your registration stickers. This should work for any state that uses registration foil sticker.

Step 1: Fig.1 above right shows the Toyota Trademark.
Step 2: Fig.2 below shows the peeling of older registration foil stickers.

Fig.2 Peeling registration stickers
Step 3: Fig.3 shows below the years the California foil sticker was removed intact.
Fig.3 Intact Foil
Step 4: Fig.4 shows below is the California foil stickers that will need protecting.  
Fig.4 Need to Protect This One
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the California Driver Motor Vehicle send with the updated foil sticker a diagram of were to place the sticker.
Fig.5 DMV Foil Location
Step 6: Fig.6 through fig.8 shows the application of the new California registration stickers.
Fig.6 Installing
Fig.7 Pushing sticker flat
Fig.8 Foil is installed

Step 7: To protect the California or any other state the first tool that will be needed is a razor blade (fig.9). If your interested there are two post that deal with installing razor blades. Fig.10 shows the Glass Scraper - Part 1 of 2 - Large Glass Scrapers Installation. If this is to large to work with see the following post. Fig.11 shows the Glass Scraper - Part 2 of 2 - Mini Glass Scrapers
Fig.9 Standard razor blade

Fig.10 Paint scraper

Fig.11 Mini Scraper
Step 8: Now place the foil sticker on the license plate. Use a razor knife, razor blade or a paint scraper to cut the lines into the registration foil. Fig.12 shows diagonal lines to the left that shows the razor cuts into the foil sticker. Fig.13 shows the other side needs to be done too.

Fig.12 Razor cuts diagonally
Fig.13
Step 9: Why? The idea is to make it difficult for a thief to take your entire tag off your vehicle.
Step 10: Fig.14 shows to paint your free license plate cover. Use inexpensive flat or semi-gloss paint to paint the plastic paint.

Fig.14 Flat spray paint
Step 11: Fig.15 shows the plate has been painted.
Fig.15 plate painted
Step 12: Return the metal screws back into the license plate cover. Fig.16 shows a Phillip Screwdriver that will install the plate back onto the vehicle. Fig.17 plate back onto the vehicle. Fig.18 shows the job is done.

Fig.16 Metal screws into plate
Fig.17 Phillip Screwdriver
Fig.18 Job done.

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