Think about the future
License plates are not usually installed by mechanics. Normally this chore is done by someone who does not make a living navigating the world of fasteners and corrosion. So here is a little Public Service Announcement.
When you install license plates, remember that they will be subjected to years of exposure to salt water and extremes of weather. And further remember that unless you intend to keep your car until it suddenly dissolves in a pile of entropy, some poor schmuck will have to change the license plates someday: Put a little grease on the threads! Better yet, spend two bucks and get theft-resistant stainless steel fasteners and still put a little grease on the threads. Ask the guy or gal at the auto-parts store which fasteners to get for your car.
That is all.
Thank you, and we now return to your regular programming.
(More about my new 1988 Honda Civic later.)