This knowledge base article is all about our 3-Part Number Plates, listing the components you need and how to assemble it together. Otherwise know as Hybrid Plates since it uses components from the 2 main plate constructions.
To produce a 3-Part Number Plate you have to laminate clear film between an acrylic face & wet reflective. This plate construction is covered by our British Standard Certification for 145e. So we can guarantee plates made from this specification will be road legal, subject to correct use & assembly.
3-Part Number Plates / Hybrid Plates
Printing onto clear film allows you to produce colour number plates. While its acrylic face provides you with strength and durability. Finally, the wet reflective provides the high performance background needed by the regulations. For more information on standards, regulations and our printing solutions, check out our number plates pages.
Clear Acrylic Face
Tennants Clear Acrylic Faces are UV stable to resist clouding and discolouring over time. Wet-faced, its adhesive coating is protected by a quick release cover. And each 3mm thick plastic face adds much needed durability to your assembled number plate.
Clear Film Sheets
Our Clear Film sheets are UV stable for print fastness, as well as highly durable. And a specialist coating provides improved bonding for toner. Plus film offers you a way to produce colour number plates. But you should be aware of colour correction issues. And remember, us a badge panel on your rear plates.
Finish off your plate with our Wet Reflective from Oralite, it’s colour stable and fade resistant. And its adhesive coating is covered by a quick release film, for easy assembly.
Here’s a simple guide on how to combine your plate media together. Whenever you assemble a printed number plate, we recommend you use a jig and roller for a professional finish. Then you can use the pins to line up your media accurately. And the rollers will apply equal pressure across the entire width of the media, all at once. Which will help the pieces to bond together.
- Place your Clear Film sheet face up onto the roller jig.
- Fold back a few centimetres of the adhesive cover at the end of an Acrylic Face.
- And position the Acrylic above your Film, adhesive face down and join the two parts together.
- Next, feed the two parts through the roller, keeping hold of the folded adhesive cover.
- This will remove the cover, while you are bonding the two parts together.
- Now you need to place your Wet Reflective face up on the jig, folding back part of its cover.
- Position the parts joined earlier on top with the Film side facing down, and join them together.
- Once again feed your components through the rollers, bonding it and removing the adhesive cover.
- Finally, remove the final protective cover from the front of your Acrylic Face.