I sent in my V1 to get upgraded last week and I decided to order my first can of Veil to go with it.
I now have both the V1 back and the Veil, and I'm wondering about how I should apply it.
I live in Miami Beach. In South Florida, radar is dangerous, but laser is the biggest threat.
I drive a black 2005 VW Jetta IV GLI. You can see pictures of it here, with the three most useful views 1, 2, and 3 (I pay Henry of Color Tech South a decent amount of money for these shots, so feel free to view them at full size in all their high-resolution glory ).
So as you can see from the pictures, the situation is like this.
1. Black car. Laser guns hate black
2. No front plate. Yay Florida!
3. Hmm. I wish I had SOMETHING else going for me here. If anybody wants to mention anything to help cheer me up, please feel free.
1. My headlights are a laser gun's wet dream. BIG, flat, and vertical. None of those staggered convex circles or steeply raked aerodynamic glass. I might as well have two wall mirrors hanging from my bumper.
2. The chrome VW emblem on the grille is rather large and very shiny. There is also a narrow strip of chrome all the way across the bumper (and across the rest of the car). Honestly, I've considered having ALL the chrome on the car enameled over in black just because I think chrome should either be used liberally or not at all, and having a pure-black car would be very Darth Vader...but it would make the car fairly unsellable and I have worries that a completely blacked-out car might arouse too much interest from the police, seeing as I'm planning on having the wheels powdercoated black, leaving the chrome accents and headlights as the only light-colored parts of the car.
3. The car is shaped like a brick. A rather streamlined brick, maybe, but a brick all the same. Just like the headlights, every surface of the rest of the car is BIG, flat, and vertical. It may have a nonreflective paint job, but I worry that with ENOUGH flat surface area, a laser gun could get a reading off of anything.
4. As you can see, I have a Sebring International Raceway rear license plate frame. I know this is pure hubris when going up against ticket-wielding officers, but I'll be damned if I'll live in fear and take it down.
So, now I'm wondering...what exactly should I do with the Veil?
1. Of course, I definitely plan to put it on headlights. No real question there, but suggestions and advice welcome.
2. I also think I'm going to put it on my rear license plate. People here seem to have mixed feelings about that...is there actually anything illegal about it? Furthermore, seeing as my car is black and it tends to get very dirty anyway, how likely are the police to notice that that my license plate isn't just dirty like the rest of the car, but has in fact been treated with a surface coating? If they do, what is the likelyhood that I can get away with playing dumb? "I dunno, I haven't washed it in a while. I'll make sure to clean it up extra shiny tomorrow morning, officer!"
3. Would Veil-ing my taillights help at all, and would it make them dangerously dim? They are not LEDs, just boring old light bulbs :|
4. What should I do about the chrome? I'm reading that Veil makes chrome look "bad", but what does that mean? If it just isn't shiny anymore, then I think I'm okay with that, I don't really want the shine anyway. If it makes it look all goofy-colored like an oil slick or actually damages the chrome (peeling, bubbling, cracking, whatever), then that would be unacceptable. And would it actually help me? It's a relatively large, flat hood emblem, but it's still not as big as any headlight.
5. Turn signals? The four lights that aren't inside the headlight or taillight housings are TINY, I'd be surprised to hear that they ever made a difference...right?
Any other miscellaneous advice?
Thanks in advance for any help.