Introduction: Retroreflective Material on Your Car Within 20 USD

Change the color of your car within 20 USD!

Step 1: Small Car Accident.....

The Twingo kissed other car.....

Step 2: Sheet Metals of the Car Are Changed... in White!?

Step 3: Retroreflective Sticker

Put on sticker which has retroreflective coating....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retroreflector

Step 4: The Retroreflective Effects

The light reflected back from the same direction, so if you take a photo with flash light then you will see a weird image.

Step 5: Before and After

Step 6: Take Photos Without and With Flash

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gdavidson4 made it!(author)2016-08-11

Is this legal?

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whoand made it!(author)2016-08-12

Definitely illegal in Germany and Taiwan....but Taiwanese police doesn't care ;p

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Navier-Stokes made it!(author)2015-09-27

This would be awesome on my Insight!! It has so many scratches I was looking for a cheap facelift for it :)

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User1 made it!(author)2015-08-16

What car is that? I wish they'd drive cars like that here in the states!

I'm also looking at this as something for my bike.

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whoand made it!(author)2015-08-25

Hi, the car is RENAULT Twingo which has a classic shape. Small car but the space inside is similar to a SUV.....;p

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crickleymal made it!(author)2014-11-12

I can't easily find any of this retroreflective material either. Where did you get it from?

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smooney2 made it!(author)2015-08-16

eBay.. look under reflective car wrap

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

Maybe the key word "Retroreflective" is not easy to find on eBay, maybe you can try "Reflective Vinyl Film"....

Google search of Reflective Vinyl Film

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junglegeo made it!(author)2015-08-14

Will try it on my bike!

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Raitis made it!(author)2014-11-12

Could you give a link to this or equivalent wrap?

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kingzilla made it!(author)2014-11-12
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Raitis made it!(author)2014-11-15

Thanks! Interesting if it's possible to closely match colours of reflective and non-reflective vinyl to wrap in a way that it only displays graphics when lit on.

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

Exactly! Thanks for the links!

Actually this work was done in year 2006, the "reflective vinyl" was cheaper at that time (10 USD/roll)

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krummrey made it!(author)2014-11-13

Would look great on a bike too... :D

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-13

I think it will be much easier for a bike, also much safer in the night.

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Kafukai made it!(author)2014-11-12

Full reflective vinyl is illegal in most countries. Some countries allowed to add stickers only for saftey, or if it's not take too much intention from other drivers you could apply stickers for decorations. The best option is to ask the your local MOT, because it'll be less awesome start to peel it while a cop told you this is illegal.

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

Thanks for your comment! I think people who likes to try this on their own car should make sure it is not against local law.

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Cedres made it!(author)2014-11-12

Nice! :-D

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

That's a work I've done 8 years ago for saving money and be cooler ;p

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DE4D+POOL made it!(author)2014-11-12

IT'S THE DECKERS

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

Thanks!

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verence made it!(author)2014-11-12

Nice job and interesting effect. Is this okay with your countries DOT/DMV regulations? And most important, what did it cost?

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

Thanks!

A car fully covered by retroreflective material is absolutely illegal in Germany.

But there is no problem in Taiwan, because no police catch me in past 2 years.

Two rolls of the retroreflective sticker cost 20 USD, cheaper than car paint ;p

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ironsmiter made it!(author)2014-11-12

What happens if you run a redlight camera? Just curious.

That looks like something my motorcycle should be upgraded with.
Awesome job!
Is it hrder or easier than vinyl wraps, to put on?

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whoand made it!(author)2014-11-12

Haha.....I also thought about this....the retroreflective material will cause the redlight camera "over exposed"....but somehow police can use image processing for getting the number on your plate....

I think it is a bit harder than vinyl wraps to put on the car, because the sticker with retroreflective material is not so flexible. You may need hair dryer to heat up the sticker for fitting the curve of your car/motocycle. You can spray some soap water on the car and put the stick on...then you can get rid of bobbles....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jfgb9uv0P8

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