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License Plate Holder Removal

Snacks84

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Feb 22, 2020
5
0
Orange County
Looking to buy a used MS. Can anyone tell me if this license plate holder can be removed? And if there will be holes in the front bumper upon removal?

I'm not sure if this is a standard Telsa license plate holder or a 3rd party manufactured one - hopefully someone has seen this style before and can calm my nerves that there won't be huge holes in my front bumper if I remove it.

Thanks

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Thanks
 

paulk

Member
Jan 26, 2019
97
122
hartford, ct
i think that's stock. on mine there were two strange screws underneath i removed with locking pliers, and double sided tape on the front of the bumper/behind the plate which i just peeled off slowly.
 

Corsair

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Jul 5, 2015
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252
South Surrey, BC , Canada
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These are the proprietary screws Tesla uses. Most of the time are not screwed down tightly and you can remove them using a 90 degree needle nose pliers.

My friend has a 3D printer and I had him made this removal tool from Thingiverse.
 

SoCal Buzz

Early Adopter
Supporting Member
Oct 9, 2018
598
586
OC, Calif.
I followed these instructions and it worked great. You really do need 90 degree needle nose pliers to loosen the bolts underneath. The double sided tape is very strong but can be gradually rubbed off in pieces. Then use polishing compound and random orbital to clean up paint (or have detailer polish for you). Total job was about 35 min.

PS-No holes to worry about!

 
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Snacks84

Member
Feb 22, 2020
5
0
Orange County
I followed these instructions and it worked great. You really do need 90 degree needle nose pliers to loosen the bolts underneath. The double sided tape is very strong but can be gradually rubbed off in pieces. Then use polishing compound and random orbital to clean up paint (or have detailer polish for you). Total job was about 35 min.

PS-No holes to worry about!


Awesome - thanks for the link to the video
 

joe.smith

Member
Aug 29, 2020
44
10
Melbourne, FL
I followed these instructions and it worked great. You really do need 90 degree needle nose pliers to loosen the bolts underneath. The double sided tape is very strong but can be gradually rubbed off in pieces. Then use polishing compound and random orbital to clean up paint (or have detailer polish for you). Total job was about 35 min.

PS-No holes to worry about!

If you have a heat gun/hair dryer, it'll come off easily. Just be sure to not use too much heat!
 

RV8R

Member
Apr 22, 2018
117
28
Florida
Once the screws were removed, I dripped alcohol to soften the adhesive. It was a very slow process but a steady pull, heat, and solvent did the trick. Good Luck!
 

DerbyDave

Active Member
Jul 2, 2020
1,444
861
Kentucky
I used the video information, and ordered the pliers. Didn't end up needing the pliers for this job, but handy to have. I could loosen the screws with my hands and a straight screwdriver. I just carefully peeled the license holder and adhesive binding off slowly without heat. They came off in one piece and left no residue on my car.. My car was new, so I didn't need to touch up the paint or anything. I guess if it had sat a long time, or was exposed to heated conditions, the adhesive would be more difficult to remove and require some heat or added assistance. Your mileage may vary.
 

r1200gs4ok

Active Member
Jul 17, 2019
1,414
508
Irvine
I got screws out pretty easily....Used a piece of dental floss for get off bracket....I cleaned it up and looks fine....I keep plate and bracket in the trunk just in case the CHP pulls me over....I will tell them. the car wash stripped it off and I am waiting for new adhesive from Tesla...
 

joe.smith

Member
Aug 29, 2020
44
10
Melbourne, FL
I used the video information, and ordered the pliers. Didn't end up needing the pliers for this job, but handy to have. I could loosen the screws with my hands and a straight screwdriver. I just carefully peeled the license holder and adhesive binding off slowly without heat. They came off in one piece and left no residue on my car.. My car was new, so I didn't need to touch up the paint or anything. I guess if it had sat a long time, or was exposed to heated conditions, the adhesive would be more difficult to remove and require some heat or added assistance. Your mileage may vary.
I wish I exercised more patience. I ended up pulling off a chunk of the paint, which is why I cautioned about not using too much heat. I tried using Tesla's touch up paint kit to repair. Who knew it would be such a bad paint match! It's a very visible blemish on my front bumper, but I look at it as a battle wound. Now that I've damaged it, the 'newness' has worn off (hasn't even been a week) so I don't have to be so frilly-frally with it.

By the way, any advice on properly matching/blending the color is solicited. I know the ultimate fix would be to have the entire buyer re-sprayed, but I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon. And, this is all before my PPF has had to chance to come in so I can really protect it. Oh well... :-(
 

DerbyDave

Active Member
Jul 2, 2020
1,444
861
Kentucky
I am sorry. My former Mercedes AMG E63 had a front license plate and holder because I picked it up in Germany. To my horror, Mercedes factory had just drilled two holes in the bumper paint to attach it. I just put the front plate back on. Teslas apparently have so much trouble with factory paint, that the local dealers evidently do a good job of repairs. Maybe check to see how much they would charge. Unfortunate, but I think you are right maybe to just accept it.:(
 

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