License plate reflective spray testing

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  1. BULL

    BULL ________173.7mph_______ ___2016 Colorado Mile___ Gold Supporting Member

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    So I mentioned this stuff (crap) in another Caught Speeding!? damn.. thread and promised I would do some testing and post my results...

    http://amzn.com/B000LNVC1M
    Amazon.com: Reflect-All (12 oz. can): Home Improvement

    Short answer, don't bother...

    Long answer, I tried both, several times, with different variations on the application (based on label instructions however) and found neither of them to be effective.

    My belief as to why, you're starting with (at least here in Colorado) a surface that by design has a HIGHLY reflective background and intentionally flat black letters. However effective these sprays are, they can't overcome the extreme high-contrast of the two surfaces. The spray makes the black letters slightly reflective and the reflective background even more reflective. End result is you've simply changed the reflective values of each area, but not the overall contrast, 'end result is that you can still easily read the plate...

    If there is some magic application method that significantly increases the effectiveness of either of these, it's not within the realm of mere mortals using rattle cans.

    Before...
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    After...
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    1st product link is on the right, 2nd is on the left, not hardly any difference for the 1st product...
     
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    1FSTCAT The Punisher

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    Forgive me for asking, both pictures taken with a flash?

    Guess it doesn't matter...just looked up a bunch of reviews...stuff sucks.
     
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  3. BULL

    BULL ________173.7mph_______ ___2016 Colorado Mile___ Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes they were, honestly I didn't check for exact ISO/f-stop etc, but essentially the same conditions with flash... (Canon DSLR T5i built-in flash)
     
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    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    What is the point of applying the spray?
     
  5. BULL

    BULL ________173.7mph_______ ___2016 Colorado Mile___ Gold Supporting Member

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    The premise is that it will reflect so much light that the plate is unreadable to speed/traffic cameras
     
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    If it did work wouldn't the police pull you over when their headlights on your plate also resulted in an unreadable plate? Then, if they confirmed you messed with the plate I bet that is not a small fine.
     
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    Works much better if u spray it ON the camera.. dont get caught. Dont ask me how i know1
     
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    I speed all the time and haven't got a ticket in 25 years. Charmed life. Burnouts galore.

    A couple months ago I got careless doing about 65 in a 35 here in Portland on SW Barbur Blvd. FLASH!! FLASH!! went the camera and I thought well dammit I maintained an almost impossible winning streak of no tickets my time had come.

    Then I realized I hadn't got my plates yet ....... :)
     
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    CDNHellcat Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    LOL, that is funny since most red light cameras have dual ability that uses IR so by adding more shine you are just enhancing the systems ability to read the plate.

    The company is actually providing a product that enhances police abilities

    Awesome!
     
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    HellScoot Silver Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Bull I think this is a better way to go. Anti Photo Radar Plate Covers

    There are other coatings for the front plate to protect you from laser but I think a ALP jammer is the way to go in addition to a installed radar. This spray on stuff seems like a gimmick to me.
     
  11. BULL

    BULL ________173.7mph_______ ___2016 Colorado Mile___ Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, bottom line is that I don't recommend it, it might tend to cause more problems than it's worth if you ever have to speak with Officer Friendly anyway...

    One of my neighbors is a peace officer and he's already giving me grief about not having my front plate mounted...
     
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    HellScoot Silver Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Well that is another story about mounting the front plate. It is illegal to not have one in Illinois where I live too. I don't get stopped too often for it but I refuse to put holes in my front bumper so unless I get a stow-n-go for a front plate I guess I will have to take my chances. But ya... If you don't have it already go with a good radar and laser jammer since our cars are cop magnets. Try to drive responsibly and save the smokey burn outs and speed runs for the track and you should be ok. ;)
     
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    BULL ________173.7mph_______ ___2016 Colorado Mile___ Gold Supporting Member

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    HellScoot Silver Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Yes that is exactly what I would get if I had to.
     
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    Lucky for me I travel a ton for work so I spend more time in rental cars then I do my own cars!! So I can play the odds :D
     

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