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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:14 AM
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Why is the paint textured? Poor prep or is it supposed to look like that?
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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:20 AM
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Here's a poor picture of said sticker.

Protected forever....encased in carbonite. (Some of you got the reference.)
IMO, that is worse than missing the VIN plate. It is plausible that the VIN plate was misplaced then erroneously tossed. Good chance that can be replaced as others have said. But to spray over the mfr's decal w/ the pertinent DOT and NHTSA required info? That is on every car on these roads (except grey market imports)? That is completely idiotic. There is zero excuses for that.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:24 AM
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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:26 AM
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Since you have to source a new VIN plate, try for a new sticker too. Hopefully the person / company you find can do both. Good luck!
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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:05 AM
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The paint is textured because it's the dreaded rhino line. Since we had it apart I had them rhino the high traffic areas. That part I was actually very happy with....except for their poor prep regarding the sticker.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:06 AM
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The paint is textured because it's the dreaded rhino line. Since we had it apart I had them rhino the high traffic areas. That part I was actually very happy with....except for their poor prep regarding the sticker.
Can't this sticker be replaced though?
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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:06 AM
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That is not true. We replace them all the time at the dealership when we replace dash boards. Sometimes techs forget to order the VIN sticker when they order the dash, but it can be ordered later. It takes about a month to get and requires a lot of signatures. I just don't know if they are available for the NAS Defenders.
I think JimC's point is that the loss is something the person / person's who lost it needs to be accountable.

Jimmy in your case you are describing how the dealerships do take accountability and resolve the loss / destruction of these items.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:15 AM
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The purpose of this thread is to find out how (and how much) replacement of the VIN and sticker is going to cost. Once I establish that, I can add it to my rather large list of disputes.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:20 AM
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I was able to order both through the dealer. They are holding on to my sticker, and have been for 3 years, until I can get the vehicle over there to be inspected. Every time I am over there for a part, they joke around about it. I have really gotta get this thing back on the road.


Just noticed the cost side of question. I don't recall off the top of my head, but it was not much. Conservatively questimating that it was something between $35-50. Been so long I cant recall, but I do remember being pleasantly surprised.
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You need to very carefully remove the paint over the vin sticker plate... Start with something very "soft" like goof off and then mineral spirits etc.. Don't go right in with lacquer thinner.. Even try a mild polish..
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You need to very carefully remove the paint over the vin sticker plate... Start with something very "soft" like goof off and then mineral spirits etc.. Don't go right in with lacquer thinner.. Even try a mild polish..
There is no chance of him not destroying that sticker if he tries to remove the rhino. I guess they didn't do a thick coat if you can see thru it.

I would leave it and just go to the dealer. Have them inspect and order new.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 11:25 AM
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whatever you try don't peel the outer clear layer off the decal, its an anti tamper decal and it will ruin it.
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Barry is correct... You may want to go and have an official at the local DMV inspect and verify and document the sticker before you try to remove the paint, that way if it doesn't go optimal you have backup for any disputes..

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Old March 11th, 2015, 11:35 AM
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I think I'll leave it as is for now, in the hopes of getting a replacement sticker with a replacement VIN plate. At this point, its at least somewhat legible and protected by a coat of rhino line. There for anyone to verify if need be.
Even if I can get a new VIN plate, I'd have to have the windshield removed to have it installed. And since I had a heated windshield installed, I really don't want to fool with it until I have to.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 11:38 AM
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There is a company that for body shops will recreate the stickers. Google it.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 11:56 AM
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IIRC the VIN is affixed to the actual bulkhead, so even a dash upgrade should not have involved its removal. Also, with all the shenanigans involving Defender VINs, if a shop which imported Defenders lost my VIN plate, my first call would be to the authorities, not a tag replacement service. I would give the shop a very short time to find my plate and return it.
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Old March 11th, 2015, 12:05 PM
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IIRC the VIN is affixed to the actual bulkhead, so even a dash upgrade should not have involved its removal. Also, with all the shenanigans involving Defender VINs, if a shop which imported Defenders lost my VIN plate, my first call would be to the authorities, not a tag replacement service. I would give the shop a very short time to find my plate and return it.
As far as I'm aware, there's not really anything you could do with a VIN plate that belongs to a vehicle that is already registered and titled in the US. That lack of a VIN plate makes the legitimate vehicle slightly harder to identify, but there's a reason it's not the only one on the truck.

Now if you were building a 'NAS' truck for export, you might have a need for one if your buyer thought he was receiving a real-deal truck. Not making any suggestions, but that's about the only reason I could think one might go missing unless someone just happens to enjoy collecting them.

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Old March 11th, 2015, 12:08 PM
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IIRC the VIN is affixed to the actual bulkhead, so even a dash upgrade should not have involved its removal. Also, with all the shenanigans involving Defender VINs, if a shop which imported Defenders lost my VIN plate, my first call would be to the authorities, not a tag replacement service. I would give the shop a very short time to find my plate and return it.

You don't think that was my first and second course of action?? Can't get blood from a stone....and it wasn't getting resolved, so I'm taking matters into my own hands.
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