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Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 16, 2022 05:49PM
Yesterday, while out and about, I came up on a Tesla 3 maybe, I dunno some of them look too much alike to me.

But this caught my interest as it was all matte-black, all.

Well, all as in body and door handles, definitely a matte finish paint job.

I might have thought it a primer base except for the matching door handles.

Is this a factory color, or was the guy wanting a low radar signature.

Slight bunny trail, I've seen several fringe motorcycle riders go to ridiculous lengths to cover their sport bikes in black electrical tape for that very reason.

Frame, fork lowers, handlebars, plastics.

The one thing they didn't cover was the headlight/headlights, the most effective point on a bike and many cars in picking off revenue sources/s be it radar or lidar.

The driver was a 60-something male, glasses and snap-flat cap, forward lean, tooling along at the posted limit.

I've seen flat black motorcycle helmets, and one or two bikes had that as a factory color.

But a whole car?






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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: November 16, 2022 06:17PM
Not factory color....most likely a wrap. Never knew matte protects from radar.
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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: November 16, 2022 06:28PM
A VERY popular aftermarket job.

They're all over the place around here.



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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 16, 2022 07:04PM
A VERY popular aftermarket job.

They're all over the place around here.



Huh.

I wonder the attraction.

Maybe on a dash and hood, for the uber safety conscious.

I'm obviously stereo-typing, but this guy just didn't seem like a member of a demographic that would go for matte black, which looked charcoal gray.

I've seen advertiser wrap on cars, and seen it mentioned here, but matte-black?

Maybe do that for a family member who drives at night, and has a lot of life insurance.



Never knew matte protects from radar.


You'd be surprised at the number of people who think it does (in the context of matte paint on metal).

Wrap wouldn't fare any better, obviously.






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All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: November 16, 2022 07:18PM
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RAMd®d
I wonder the attraction.

It's a Darth Vader aesthetic. XXX "Beware of me. I'm not pretty, I'm evil!" smiley-sw018
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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 16, 2022 07:28PM
Texas is a "both plates" state.
I'm told that revenuers usually aim at at your front plate, flat and reflective. I put a spacer behind mine to angle it about 3-5 degrees from 90. I've haven't been stopped since then, but I have no real idea if it helped.



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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 16, 2022 07:37PM
I worked with a guy that sprayed his Honda with something like flat black Rhino Liner. Didn't look great but he previously suffered a lot of front end paint chips.

I would consider putting a wrap on my Integra and then spraying it with a VantaBlack clone.



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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 16, 2022 08:11PM
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Rolando
Texas is a "both plates" state.
I'm told that revenuers usually aim at at your front plate, flat and reflective. I put a spacer behind mine to angle it about 3-5 degrees from 90. I've haven't been stopped since then, but I have no real idea if it helped.

Ohhhh, reeeeally?
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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 17, 2022 03:07AM
The license plate, headlights, grille, and pretty much any flat surface will give a solid LIDAR return.

Most passive countermeasures don't, especially against modern kit.

A buddy who's a motor cop has handheld LIDAR and bike mounted radar.

If the left one don't get ya, the right one will.

Either can be beat, but they win far more than they lose.

But good luck with that one weird spacer trick 'hack'.






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All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 18, 2022 04:26PM
Saw one in a parking lot the other day. I thought they looked nice.
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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 19, 2022 01:06AM
Saw one in a parking lot the other day. I thought they looked nice.


It's not a look for me, but I did admire how evenly it was done, thinking it had to be custom paint, if not a one weird factory option.

That's a lot of surface area for me, to be matte without being primer.

I've seen a couple of motorcycles that had factory matte black and matte OD green paint, and one that came with a matte black/gloss black scheme.

But I'm a high-gloss, 40 coats of clear kind of guy.






I am that Masked Man.

All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Speaking of Teslas...
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: November 19, 2022 01:43PM
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RAMd®d
Saw one in a parking lot the other day. I thought they looked nice.


It's not a look for me, but I did admire how evenly it was done, thinking it had to be custom paint, if not a one weird factory option.

That's a lot of surface area for me, to be matte without being primer.

I've seen a couple of motorcycles that had factory matte black and matte OD green paint, and one that came with a matte black/gloss black scheme.

But I'm a high-gloss, 40 coats of clear kind of guy.

As Carnos Jax said, it's almost certainly a wrap. Like we've said; it's at thing.

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