Ah really? You reckon It's fine to do that? Won't be a MOT failure or anything? They're not important at all really then?
Well I've not failed an mot without them. Just be sure to check behind the mudguards to see if the paint work is ok and it can get badly scratched.
Also the age you your paint shouldn't matter as long as the machine pad is kept damp/wet. Just take it carefully.
Hope this helps