Police lasers clock speeds by bouncing an invisible light beam off the target. But like police radar, sometimes they get confused. If the return signal is weak, the laser needs more time to calculate a speed, decreasing its range. Veil ($97.95 MSRP) uses this to its advantage.
Veil is a translucent greyish liquid applied to the laser's favorite targets on a vehicle, the highly reflective license plate, headlights, fog lights, turn signal lights and any vertical brightwork. We have no idea what's in this witch's brew and after having worked on getting the formula exactly right for many years, its inventor is understandably reluctant to volunteer the information. We don't blame him. And frankly, we really don't care. Our only question is: Does it work?
Finding out wasn't quite as straightforward a project as testing the only known antidote to lasers, a laser jammer. First we had to apply it. This is the fifth-generation Veil, known as G5. Unlike the preceding G4 version, it's water-borne and easier to apply.
Veil isn't claimed to make a vehicle disappear from lasers. It's intended to reduce the effective range of a laser, giving a driver extra time to react. The manufacturer also touts Veil's potential to enhance the effectiveness of a laser jammer. We've rarely seen a laser jammer that can't be defeated; at very close range the pinpoint laser beam often can shoot past a jammer and get a speed. But the best jammers can easily fend off a laser long enough for a driver to react.
If the officer has no luck targeting the front license plate or grille area, within a few seconds he'll likely shift his aim. Usually it'll be a headlight, a terrific target for both radar and lasers.
But if no headlight is available—Corvettes, for example, had retractable headlights for years, making them exceptionally poor targets—and if the vehicle has no front license plate, this process can take awhile. And like with a jammer, a Veil-protected vehicle exploits this phenomenon and gives the driver extra time.
During testing we also found that using Veil with even a marginal laser jammer will enhance its performance. The magic coating even made a K40 Defuser Plus, unquestionably the least effective laser jammer we've tested, look like it was dramatically chopping the range of some lasers. (It wasn't the jammer, trust us; Veil was doing the heavy lifting.)