This knowledge base article is all about our Film Number Plates, listing the components you need and how to assemble it together. Otherwise know as 2-Part Film after its components and what you print onto.
To produce a Film Number Plate you have to laminate printed clear film above a rigid ABS Plate. 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.
Film Number Plates / 2-Part Film
Printing onto film allows suppliers to produce affordable colour number plates. Since it’s clear, you can use any colour you want. But be aware, you’ll need to reverse print to protect the elements and comply with standards. For more information on standards, regulations and our printing solutions, check out our number plates pages.
Clear Film Sheets
Our 3 micron thick Clear Film sheets are UV stable for ink or toner fastness and are highly durable. Each one of the sheets is coated for better bonding, so either side can be printed on. And your prints are protected by being sandwiched between the 2 components. But you’ll need to be aware of colour correction issues, especially on yellow plates.
Rigid ABS Plate
Of course, the reflective finish on our ABS Plates is also UV stable and resistant to fading. Wet-faced, their adhesive coating is protected by a quick release cover. And each 3mm thick plastic plate adds much needed colour, reflectivity and durability to your assembled number plate.
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 evenly.
- Start by applying a Badge Panel to your Clear Film, for colour correction.
- Simply peel off its adhesive cover and stick it under your side badge.
- Now use the pins and place your rigid ABS Plate, face up on to the jig.
- Fold back a few centimetres of the adhesive cover at the end of the plate.
- Next, line up your Clear Film sheet on top, with the printed side facing downwards.
- Carefully join the components together at the Exposed Adhesive edge.
- Ensure all the sides are correctly lined up before you press it together.
- Now slide the two parts towards the Rollers at the end of the jig.
- Slowly Wind the arm so the components are fed through, keeping hold of the folded adhesive cover.
- This will remove the remaining adhesive cover and bond the two parts together.