This knowledge base article is all about our Reflective Number Plates, listing the components you need and how to assemble it together. Otherwise know as 2-Part Reflective after its components and what you print onto.
To produce a Reflective Number Plate you have to laminate printed reflective underneath a clear acrylic face. 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.
Printing onto reflective allows suppliers to produce cost effective number plates. Since it’s the industry standard, this construction is the simplest around. And it provides production options for sheet and roll fed systems. For more information on standards, regulations and our printing solutions, check out our number plates pages.
Clear Acrylic Face
Our 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 strength and durability to your assembled number plate.
Of course, our 5 micron thick Dry Reflective is also colour stable and resistant to fading. It’s also coated with a finish that provides superior bonding when you print onto it. And because we produce it from Oralite sheeting, we offer an array of sizes or rolls for thermal printers.
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.
- Use the pins and place your Printed Reflective face up on the jig, positioned flat and square.
- Now fold back a few centimetres of the adhesive cover on a Clear Acrylic Face.
- Line up the Acrylic on top, with the adhesive facing down towards the jig.
- Carefully join the components together at the exposed adhesive, ensure the edges match.
- Next slide both parts towards the rollers, with the joined side nearest.
- Take and keep hold of the folded adhesive cover on the acrylic face.
- Slowly Wind the arm so the components are fed through the roller.
- The adhesive cover should pull free, while the roller bonds the parts together.
- Finally, remove the other protective cover from the Acrylic Face.