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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there,


New to all this and I was wondering if anyone could give me some helpful tips on cleaning surface rust off of a set of older license plates without damaging the paint on them??


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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 02:08 AM
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Sounds like a job for this.
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Hey 4ocious!


I am assuming that isn't the products actual size For some reason my computer isn't opening up the thumbnail. Any way you could tell me the name of the product??


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Evapo-Rust. Works great. Just don't leave the plate in too long, it will screw up the paint.

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+1. Evaporust is a great product and only seems to be aggressive on rust. Although you don't want to soak it too long, it does require time to work.
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With probably close to 100,000 license plates in his collection, my Dad has never used anything but dish sop and water to clean them off first, then WD-40 for any remaining rust specs. Obviously if the plate is all rusted through the paint, it's not going to clean up and be original- it gets blasted with glass beads and repainted assuming it's collectible. You need to be careful as the older ones are all steel, but later they used both all aluminum and a mix of the 2. The earliest were actually leather with aluminum numbers riveted to them- even harder to clean! lol

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A little experiment here; I submerged a slightly rusty 1968 Michigan license plate in EVAPO-RUST at 8:30 this AM. Let's see if it damages the paint, and if it does how long it took to do so. I'll report back with the results.
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Not to change the subject too much, but does anyone know if in Florida (or other states) you can use an old plate as a car's permanent plate. I thought I recall reading you could. I like the idea of using the car production year plate vs. an antique/collector plate.
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Not to change the subject too much, but does anyone know if in Florida (or other states) you can use an old plate as a car's permanent plate. I thought I recall reading you could. I like the idea of using the car production year plate vs. an antique/collector plate.
I don't know about Florida, but you can use an original year of manufacture plate in North Carolina. You don't even have to register it, but you must keep the proper current plate and registration in the car to be presented upon demand by any law enforcement officer at all times.

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Not to change the subject too much, but does anyone know if in Florida (or other states) you can use an old plate as a car's permanent plate. I thought I recall reading you could. I like the idea of using the car production year plate vs. an antique/collector plate.
States are different- in Iowa you can run the year of manufacture, but it has to be registered by the state. We used to be able to run any plate that matched the year so long as you had the legal plates in the car and could show them if requested by law. I used to run 1965 plates from all different stated on my '65 just for fun- Texas one day, SC the next, Colo, etc. I've got a pair from every state, so it was fun to do.

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They're typically called "year of manufacture" plates, and yes, most states will let you run them, but they all seem to have different rules.

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I have a pair of 70 plates on Cherylene.
The plates had to be inspected by the registration office and OK'ed before I could use them.
Softsoap works really well on removing rust spots on paint, it's like a mild rubbing compound.
Make sure you give it a fresh coat of wax afterwards to keep the rust from coming back.


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Not to change the subject too much, but does anyone know if in Florida (or other states) you can use an old plate as a car's permanent plate. I thought I recall reading you could. I like the idea of using the car production year plate vs. an antique/collector plate.

It's best to contact your local MVA. Each state has different requirements.

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Softscrub not softsoap, sorry, not enough coffee to get the brain working yet.


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FYI- any of you Iowa VMF's need plates for your rides, let me know. As I said, my Dad has a massive collection and is starting to downsize and sell some plates. He's got pretty much anything from 3 years old back into the teens. Let me know what year and your location and I can see what he wants for them.

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