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Old 01-24-2006, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default I need some help! Cracked front license plate holder!

So I made a bit of a mistake and bumped into something, cracked my front license plate holder last year, for a quick fix I used electrical tape and went over it with a coat of paint just so it didn't look like total garbage

So I looked and the license plate holder is held onto my ride by 2 rivets, now before I go and drill them out, what can I do for a replacement that wont look like crap? I think a smoother look will be better than the protruding license plate holder I have now.

Here'* a picture of my car, hehe god it looks great (aside from my crappy touch up paint jobs)

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Rivets? Every plate I've seen from GM was mounted with bolts. Can you please get a pic of that.

As for a fix w/o removal, try JB Weld.. you can sand and paint it when it'* cured.
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My 2000 Regal GSE was rivited on as well. When I cracked mine, we went and got a new one, drilled out the rivits and used screws to hold it back on. Looked just like it did before I broke it.

The issue you'll have if you move the location of the plate is two holes where the plate was. I would think your best bet is to get a new holder like you have.
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Need detailed photos to be sure how to fix it.

As for the rivets, carefully drilling them out should make it easy to cleanly replace them with bolts/screws.

As to covering the crack, there'* a couple of threads that have the info on the texturizer people use to modify plastic and have it look stock afterwards....
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Here'* the stuff. Cept you probably want black instead of graphite
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cool thanks a lot guys, I was actually thinking of trying to put something other than the stock holder on (nothing tacky or gross looking of course) but instead I might just go with this.
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cool thanks a lot guys, I was actually thinking of trying to put something other than the stock holder on (nothing tacky or gross looking of course) but instead I might just go with this.
Mine didn't come with the molded LP Frame (the joy of used cars that started in a different state) so I took the flat one they put on it and did this.....

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cool thanks a lot guys, I was actually thinking of trying to put something other than the stock holder on (nothing tacky or gross looking of course) but instead I might just go with this.
Mine didn't come with the molded LP Frame (the joy of used cars that started in a different state) so I took the flat one they put on it and did this.....

hey that looks pretty slick!
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cool thanks a lot guys, I was actually thinking of trying to put something other than the stock holder on (nothing tacky or gross looking of course) but instead I might just go with this.
Mine didn't come with the molded LP Frame (the joy of used cars that started in a different state) so I took the flat one they put on it and did this.....
hey that looks pretty slick!
Thanks. It'll be even better when I fill the two little mounting holes you can't see in that pic, but kinda can in this one....



So, you do have options, especially since you have a dark car too....
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cool thanks a lot guys, I was actually thinking of trying to put something other than the stock holder on (nothing tacky or gross looking of course) but instead I might just go with this.
Mine didn't come with the molded LP Frame (the joy of used cars that started in a different state) so I took the flat one they put on it and did this.....
hey that looks pretty slick!
Thanks. It'll be even better when I fill the two little mounting holes you can't see in that pic, but kinda can in this one....



So, you do have options, especially since you have a dark car too....
How did you go about filling the holes?
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