Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman, Lex Luthor License Plate

original movie prop

Original prop Lex Luthor license plate from the show. 'LEX' written on back in black Sharpie.

 

Restoration info:

 

This plate was in somewhat bad condition when I first received it a few years ago. It had damaged and chipped paint throughout, 3-4 total inches of missing/loose sections of the black edge pinstripe in 2 different areas, and the Metropolis center logo sticker was brittle and falling apart. Since this item is from an important Superman character, I did a partial restoration to try to preserve it in the best possible condition. I cleaned off all the dirt and black adhesive residue from years of storage, touching up the missing and damaged paint areas with the exact same off-white base color that was used by The Earl Hays Press when they made these for the show. I used a custom-made cutting die to create the replacement sections for the missing edge pinstripe pieces. The new pieces were made from the same adhesive-backed material as the original details. I also had an exact vinyl copy of the center logo sticker made from the original artwork. I sprayed the finished plate with a new layer of clear coat (same type as original) to seal everything and prevent any further paint chipping or deterioration.

 

I was able to save the original Metropolis logo sticker and put it in a protective holder. Although it is still legible and identifiable, it has deteriorated considerably from its appearance in photo 3, which was taken 2 years ago.

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
celebrity: John Shea (2)
movie: Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman (TV) (1993)
original (12)  |  replica (1)
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