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      11-29-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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License plate holes - how to get rid of raised edges?

There are a lot of threads about license plate holes, but nobody talks about how to get rid of the raised edges around the holes. It looks like this:



I have clear bra on the bumper, so I think sanding would be difficult without scuffing the clear bra. Any other ideas on how to get rid of the raised edges?
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      11-29-2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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finese with a heat gun and something to smooth them down with like a putty knife broad side or something along those lines. Dont melt it, just warm it so that its soft then work the plastic in.
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      11-29-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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I found a thread where one guy used an exacto knife to carefully shave off the edges. I might try that.
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      11-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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man they really screwed that bumper. i only had two holes from the plate holder. looks like they just screwed the plate directly into the bumper.
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Here is what worked for me:

First of all, I pushed the raised edges back in to the hole the best I could. Then I went through my old RC pit box and found my lexan body reamer. These can be had at any hobby shop for $15 to $20 (see pic below).

From there, I gently reamed the holes until all raised edges were gone. Came out great. Good luck.

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Here is what worked for me:

First of all, I pushed the raised edges back in to the hole the best I could. Then I went through my old RC pit box and found my lexan body reamer. These can be had at any hobby shop for $15 to $20 (see pic below).

From there, I gently reamed the holes until all raised edges were gone. Came out great. Good luck.
Thanks for the tip. I didn't even know what reamers were and had to look it up lol.
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I'm glad I could help. I guess I should not assume that everyone was and RC Car geek like I was years back.
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I'm glad I could help. I guess I should not assume that everyone was and RC Car geek like I was years back.
What did you use to push the raised edges back into the hole?
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I think I used a combination of my finger and the tip of the reaming tool. If there were any stubborn areas that wouldn't fold in, I cut them off carefully with a razor blade.
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I think I used a combination of my finger and the tip of the reaming tool. If there were any stubborn areas that wouldn't fold in, I cut them off carefully with a razor blade.
I ended up using the sides of a small phillips screw driver to push the edges in as much as I could then trimmed the edges with an x-acto knife. Then I realized that the plastic retainers I bought were too big Time to go back to the auto parts store for smaller ones.
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Use a snap blade AKA OLFA. The blades are like 4" long and flexible allowing it contour around the bumper when cutting.
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2" hole saw, put the guide bit in the hole.
Home depot has them...

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2" hole saw, put the guide bit in the hole.
Home depot has them...

Well, the point is not to enlarge the existing holes :P
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Well, the point is not to enlarge the existing holes :P
Ohh... I thought he was just trying to eliminate the edge
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2" hole saw, put the guide bit in the hole.
Home depot has them...

sorry i laughed a lot even though it was a misunderstanding
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sorry i laughed a lot even though it was a misunderstanding
I would be horrified to have four 2-inch holes in my bumper
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