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Today while I was walking on the street I saw something that gave me an idea. I saw a piece of tin foil stuck to the road. I think this happened when tin foil flew out of someone's trash, landed on the road, and was run over by cars repeatedly. After the cars run the foil over it wedges itself into the cracks and doesn't come out unless you peel it off. Now here's my idea: buy a ton of tin foil and cover the street with it or write something on the street. Anyone know if this would be legal? Anyone ever done this before? Any suggestions if I do it? P.S. I live stateside if that matters


 Odd question... XD
I'm pretty sure if it doesn't damage anything and you clean it up when you're done, it should be fine... might wanna check just in case though.
You can probably contact your city hall, they could tell you.


10 years ago

Only if you get caught lol. if you do it in the middle of the night, no one whould know who did it and then everyone will admire your work lol.

There are instructions somewhere for creating a mosaic on the road/as part of the road where you use pieces of linoleum/vinyl, tar and tar paper/roofing paper. The mosaic is laid out on the tar paper, covered with a layer of tar and applied to the road. A few days later, take the tar paper off.

Here it is.

yea, they could get you for littering, and creating a driving distraction and reducing traction. im pretty sure that not how they word it but thats what it would boil down to. and how would you get it to stick? cars usualy drive in 2 "lanes" on the road.

You could lay down a layer and use chrome duct tape on the ends.

You could get done for littering, possibly for (in the UK) "behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace", or maybe there is some road-safety ordnance that you could contravene. If you don't get run over while you're laying it out, you will be making the road surface unusually smooth, potentially creating a significant hazard to life and limb. So, whilst it sounds like an impressive project, I would advise against it.

Maybe I could use a small, unused portion of my driveway

It would certainly be interesting using a section of your driveway, and seeing what occurs from heat reflection, water drainage, and what occurs with freezing at under and around the foil. You could turn this into a real decent study of the effects of such a material on macadam. :-)

Indeed, please try and document! It would make a great slideshow or Instructable, depending on the outcome.

fFom the sound of things I think doing a whole road strip might get me in trouble but Goodhart's idea sounds good. If I were to make an iBle though what would I call it? How tin foil affects asphalt?

That could be one name, or maybe a more general: The effects of a reflective covering on asphalt Whatever is descriptive, yet concise. :-) PS: make sure, as you are doing your tests, to section off a portion of the driveway that you observe but do "nothing" to it; that will be your "control" section.

Now that I have a title I still am not quite sure how to go about doing this. I have two ideas. Idea 1: set up a control and test portion on my driveway and everyday record statistics such temperature, traction (maybe with an r/c car), take picture, and any other things you can think of. Idea 2: this idea involves doing multiple tests such as testing to see it affects traction, testing to see if temperature affects traction, test what happens when water freezes under tin foil, etc.

It will take a bit of time and patience to execute all the tests you could do; so I would take a little time to plan it out as well as you can.

sound good, I won't be able to start until the weekend though and even then it will take a while to document everything

If it were an unused portion of the driveway, it probably wouldn't stick like the aluminum foil you saw on the road. The repeated running it over with tires probably pressed it into the road.

u might get in trouble for littering... i'm not encouraging it in that case... (but remember its only a crime if you get caught)... but as soon as a officer of the the law sees it they'll probably do something about it... could definitely be fun though.

that would be kinda cool and im not sure if that illegal...i dont see why it would be

That actually sounds like a hilarious idea. I want to try! :P