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    Solar Control Windscreen VS Radar Detector? Urgent request!

    OK guys and gals. I am in the process of trying to get a new windscreen, after my local Really Ace Company windscreens messed up the fitting and broken the windscreen trim. I am going to swing them by their dangly bits and see if they will stump up a Solar Control screen in the bargain. Trouble is I've heard that SC windows block radar waves, which would defeat the radar detector which keeps my licence clean.

    Any help Astra heads?

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    TBH I don't think it will ever work efficiently behind the solar glass, you may have to run some external detection device from the internal display unit running under the bonnet facing forward behind the grill.
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    What is a solar control screen?
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    GPS can sometimes be affected behing these wind screens so sat nav and tracking devices wont be as good as before

    I didnt have a problem with the radar dector I fitted to a brand new range rover with the screen but I can see why there could be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram
    TBH I don't think it will ever work efficiently behind the solar glass, you may have to run some external detection device from the internal display unit running under the bonnet facing forward behind the grill.
    This is the problem with a Valentine 1 detector, they don't do the external sensors, as their philosophy is that detectors mounted low down can't see as far (fair point really!)

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    I didn't know you had a V1, a friend of mine has one of these, he says his carries this warning:
    IMPORTANT NOTE:
    Windshield heaters such as Ford's InstaClear system (you can see a brown tint) block radar from passing through the glass. So do mirrored sun screens. Detector performance will be seriously reduced when mounted behind such metallic films.

    I imagine solar screens have some sort of reflective properties in order to work? I don't think it is a case that the detectors won't work, it more a case of not working 'as efficiently' with the solar screen as they would without.

    I know the mounting of the radar detection would not work as well sited lower down in the cars front grill but you've got to think would one work better or worse than having it sited behind this type of screen (worth a thought). Some units can be rigged up behind the grill and I'm thinking this is maybe for two reasons. The first could be the sinerio we have here and the other for areas were its illegal to have a detector and they'd like to hide a unit from Plod .
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    I've spoken to someone who says their detector works fine through the screen, but they say that 'detectors don't really see very far ahead anyway'. I am thinking that at the moment I KNOW my V1 has exceptional range, so I am going to give the solar screen a miss, just in case

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    The reasons those screens cause a problem is because they have a very fine metallic layer in them and work in a very similar way to polarized lenses, to cut out the suns rays. This is what causes the problem, so although some devices might work to some extent it reduces there effectiveness by 50% and more in some cases.

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