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Faded Plate Letters...what blue paint to use to touch it up?

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But if you go to the MTO to get your plates replaced, they'll give you a C Plate (If you don't have a Personalized License Plate)
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Your not suppose to touch the plate at all. That means even restoring to original condition.

It's dumb but it's to prevent hackjobs and people messing with the reflective paint on the white and blue, which toll cameras and red light cameras are calibrated to capture and filter out.

You may get a ticket for alterations if a cop inspects the plate. So it's a do it at your own risk thing.
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zakregent wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 10:40 pm
But if you go to the MTO to get your plates replaced, they'll give you a C Plate (If you don't have a Personalized License Plate)
I think even if you have a personalized plate, still your replacement will be a C plate, unless you pay the fee for personalised plate again.
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Like everyone said, it's technically illegal, hell even dealer frames that block the top/bottom ontario lettering can get you in trouble. But I have to question how many people actually get tickets for this, I see plenty of colored or badly yellowed plate covers so clearly it's not a priority for enforcement. That's a obvious obstruction that anyone can see, but if you do a minor touch up to a part of a letter your odds of getting caught are slim. Still, going through the trouble of sourcing paint and trying to make it look decent may not be worth your time, I'd just get a new plate. You have to bend over for other regulatory BS out of your control anyway, they'll find a way to get that $40 from you sooner or later no matter what.
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kooroshkabir wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 7:31 am
I think even if you have a personalized plate, still your replacement will be a C plate, unless you pay the fee for personalised plate again.
What?

Normal plate replacement is $57 (unless it’s covered under warranty)

Personalized plate replacement is more, around $100 or so I think.
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Oh that is good. I thought you need to pay full price for personalized plate again.
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nasa25 wrote:
Aug 14th, 2017 8:18 pm
Personalized plate replacement is more, around $100 or so I think.
kooroshkabir wrote:
Aug 14th, 2017 9:22 pm
Oh that is good. I thought you need to pay full price for personalized plate again.
Replace a personalized plate: $99.10
Replace a graphic licence plate: $53.90

Source: https://www.ontario.ca/page/replace-los ... ence-plate
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Maybe try some rubbing compound and wax to restore the shine instead of painting .
-=phelan=- wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 11:41 am
I have a set of old plates (15 yrs at least) where the paint on the letters have faded. It is not peeling in anyway, and everything else is still visible (didn't use a cover). I'd like to simply just apply some blue paint on the letter portions to restore it back to original condition. I'm not really interested in shelling out $40 for new plates (MTO replacement costs) when I can simply buy some paint and restore it for probably 1/2 that cost.

I'm not "altering" it in anyway as the numbers/letters are still the same, i'm simply restoring the letters/numbers back to original condition.

My question is which blue paint is the best for this application?

Thanks!
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-=phelan=- wrote:
Aug 11th, 2017 11:41 am
I have a set of old plates (15 yrs at least) where the paint on the letters have faded. It is not peeling in anyway, and everything else is still visible (didn't use a cover). I'd like to simply just apply some blue paint on the letter portions to restore it back to original condition. I'm not really interested in shelling out $40 for new plates (MTO replacement costs) when I can simply buy some paint and restore it for probably 1/2 that cost.

I'm not "altering" it in anyway as the numbers/letters are still the same, i'm simply restoring the letters/numbers back to original condition.

My question is which blue paint is the best for this application?

Thanks!
How much do you figure the type of paint used on the plate costs? Including the film type later that goes over it?

Just spend the $40 or whatever it costs to get new ones.

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