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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; In Kentucky we don't run front plates. I have removed and I am going to fill the four holes in ...
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    Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    In Kentucky we don't run front plates. I have removed and I am going to fill the four holes in the bumper once the weather breaks in the Spring. If anyone else has removed it, feel free to add your thoughts, ideas, or work you have done.

    I found a good link on a the M3 forum of this process with using 3M Putty and Dr. Color Chip that I plan on using for reference.

    http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584852

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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    I've also seen folks use the GM push retainers painted to match the car, doesn't look too bad at all. Wish MN didn't require front plates, the car looks SO much better without it.
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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    Thought about the retainers... I'd like to see a picture of that if you have it.

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    Just found this, BumperPlugs ... They are not flush though. Not sure how that would look.

    http://www.bumperplugs.com/index.php...gory&path=1_11

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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    The retainers end up looking very similar to the website you referenced.
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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    Bumper plugs just got back to me... meeh $50 for for plastic plugs that are basically dorman panel plugs painted your choice.

    I like the idea of filling them better. Somehow I just haven't seen the plugs that have convinced me yet that don't look like on a bull.

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    UPDATE: This doesn't look bad, I may try it. Best one I have seen yet.

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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    Filling will cost much more (gotta paint the bumper) and then if you sell in the future to someone who needs the plate they have to drill out the holes you filled
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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    True about the filling job. This plug doesn't look too bad. I might do this. I found it on the CTS-V forum.


    Bumperplugs.com probably sells some quality stuff but I could never justify something for $32 without trying to do it myself first. Did a quick google search and found a way to do it myself.

    Went to Lowes and purchased some black nylon locking hole plugs for $1.04. I checked afterwards at Home Depot and they only sell the white ones. Go to Lowes if you have a dark car or white car (they sell the white ones too) or goto Home Depot if its closer and you have a white car. Regarding sizing, I chose the 1/4" plugs which are very small. IF you want a larger plug by all means get them, you'll just end up drilling a larger hole in your bumper.

    Lindsay had a "sale" on touch-up paint for $10.

    1) Remove the license plate mount with a drill. Once you remove your plate, size up the hole in the black rivet and drill baby drill! I slowly sized up until it was just the right size for the hole in the middle of the rivet. Upon initial inspection, it looks like a screw but it is in fact a rivet.

    2) Buy nylon plugs and have touchup ready to go

    3) Use a VERY fine grit sand paper to marr up the black surface until it is no longer shiny.

    4) Paint! If you don't know, touch up paint has a brush in it if you unscrew it. Go to town, it should smooth out when dried if you went a little liberal with the touch-up.

    5) Drill a hole w/ a 1/4" drill bit. Push your plug in after its dried!





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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    yeah there was a similar thread (or maybe even a few threads) on here talking about the same thing:
    bumperplugs.com vs diy (as detailed in your earlier post and the thread you tried to link to)

    personally i think it's worth your time and effort to pay bumperplugs
    but if you're the kind of person who can't stand to pay someone to do something you know you can do yourself
    (even if you're paying them to save you time and effort) ... then go for it
    either way the result will be the same (or just about the same)
    it's more about how you'll feel about how you came to that end result
    again, my opinion is that my time and effort is worth more so I'd pay up the money to the bumperplugs site and be done with it
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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    Fair enough. The bumper plugs to look considerably larger than the ones I posted though... I don't think using touch up pen paint is the right idea here. I would use a spray on it.

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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    Yeah GM sells the touch up spray cans as well as the touch up pens

    we don't like to advertise to our customers that the spray cans are offered because they often give people the idea that they can paint much more than they should and then just end up making a bigger mess of it and coming back and blaming us
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    Re: Filling in the License Plate Holes for Those Who Don't Run It

    For the competent person, this would be sufficient with a color match spray can such as you suggest. Keeping in mind that while I am a diy person, I also have many years experience spraying two part aircraft. Some people some times bite off more than they can chew. So the bottom line for me (and many other's I imagine is) 4 holes $48 +shipping for the custom ones that are done with no worries. Or spend less than half, IF you are competent with paint and such to get things done.

    http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...t-Bumper-Plugs

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