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I would like to replace the plain steel screws that hold the rear license plate to the car with black screws to match new black frames.

Unfortunately all the black fasteners I can find have threads for domestic cars. That works on the front license plate that fastens to the plastic grill but the holes for the rear license plate have a metric thread that doesn't match domestic black screws. :frown2:

Has anyone found black metric thread screws that work for the rear license plate?

Thanks!
 

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I have, but it's from a metric bolt collection that I've had probably since about 1970.

Around here, there's a fastener place that has all kinds of nuts and bolts, both English and metric. Maybe there's one in your area?

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Hometown True Value or ACE would be my guess if you live in the states.
Thanks everyone.

We have ACE and True Value but I haven't tried them yet. I did try Home Depot and Lowes but came up empty at both. :frown2:

I contacted customer support for the folks who make the frames. Their suggestion was to just use regular stainless steel screws and paint them with some quality black automotive paint . . . ???
 

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I contacted customer support for the folks who make the frames. Their suggestion was to just use regular stainless steel screws and paint them with some quality black automotive paint . . . ???
Perhaps some gloss black nail polish would do the trick
 

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My local ACE Hardware has a section for license plate screws. I found black nylon screws in a drawer labeled "for Mazda". The threads fit perfectly, and with nylon they will never rust or seize.
 

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Was going to also say ACE Hardware. That company has had a hard time competing with Home Depot over the years, but they hang in there! I try to always go there for fasteners, but I should also pay more attention to the other items they supply, like locks and keys for example, and try to NOT go to Home Depot for those items and just give ACE my business. I want them to stick around. Competition is a good thing, and if they disappear, where are we going to find all those machine-thread fasteners?
 
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