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    Covering headlights and fog lights with plasti dip

    I am wondering if this has been tested. When driving without a front plate, the only other really reflective parts on one of my cars is the headlight and fog light areas. I don't have any chrome on the car, it is all black plastic.

    Seeing that the black Plastidip peels off quite easily, I wonder how effective it would be to black out the headlights and fog lights during a long road trip. If driving during the day it likely wouldn't be too noticeable (no drls on my car) and it would just peel off in a few seconds if I actually had to drive at night. If it helps as a CM, I'd be tempted to just leave it on the fogs as I never use them anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowSe7en View Post
    I am wondering if this has been tested. When driving without a front plate, the only other really reflective parts on one of my cars is the headlight and fog light areas. I don't have any chrome on the car, it is all black plastic.

    Seeing that the black Plastidip peels off quite easily, I wonder how effective it would be to black out the headlights and fog lights during a long road trip. If driving during the day it likely wouldn't be too noticeable (no drls on my car) and it would just peel off in a few seconds if I actually had to drive at night. If it helps as a CM, I'd be tempted to just leave it on the fogs as I never use them anyway.

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    My experience:
    1. I tested a black color small Mazda 2 weeks ago & had no trouble IPT on his bumper. I've also shot numerous civilian black cars, SUVs, P/U trucks,etc., deliberately avoiding chrome or anything reflective & still IPT.
    2. My ride is color red (somewhat absorptive of IR) w/ chrome Logo removed, same for LP & HLs/Fog Lights/ covered w/ flat black snap-on covers...but w/ Parking Sensors OFF, Radarrob gets IPT wherever he aimed.
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    Interesting to hear. It sounds like with the modern guns and a good operator the surface doesn't make "that much" of a difference then? Do you think the snap on covers allow for any advantage at all?
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    It's possible that a marginal jammer setup may be helped slightly by a non-reflective surface, but it seems the modern guns are just too sensitive. I have read tests where HID headlights were in fact helpful against DETC guns in conjunction with ALPs, as these guns are by far the most difficult. A properly setup ALP system shouldn't need any help though.
    The hold days of black corvettes being virtually invisible to lidar are gone it seems.

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