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Hi there. I've searched youtube for videos on how to secure reflectix to the back window of my t & c minivan. The window is slanted so gravity pulls it down. It does not stay in with the compression factor like all the other windows. 

I did a search in the forum and found no info. I want to remove the reflectix while driving and insert it while not driving. I had to make one for shiny side out and another for black felt side out. The window has a contour over the rear window wiper and it is not in the center, so I can't just reverse it.

The other issue I am dealing with is the little vent windows in the back. Anyone else have a t & c with those awful irregular vent components that make it nearly impossible to cut out and around?

I cut the reflectix to fit the larger part of the vented window, then cut out the basic shape for the vent area. But I have not yet cut it to fit exactly. I want total stealth. NO light showing from the outside at night.

When I get those darn little vent window covers cut then I need to use some kind of tape to attach them to the main window cover. Maybe electrical tape, so that I can separate them if I need to open the vents on sunny days in Southern AZ. If anyone can suggest a better tape pls let me know.

Would appreciate feedback on how to adhere the back window reflectix so it can attach and detach often, and suggestions on dealing with reflectix and the little back vent windows. Getting the contours cut so that NO light is visible has been a real pain in the you know what!!!  Dodgy

I see tiny slivers of light showing where I have to add duct tape to the reflectix edge. A van with rectangular windows is sooooooooo easy. I can't believe how long this project has taken me.

I'm still working on the complete darkout scenario for the front curtains. Going to buy the home depot aluminum strip Kelly Doyle reveals in her Sienna curtain video. But the strip at Home Depot does not look long enough to shape to the contours of the t & c ceiling. If it fits it will be a darkout miracle!  Shy  

Thx, Kathleen
I had an '05 T&C, I used snaps on the foil covering, 2 at the top & two on the bottom , one on each side ... just enough to hold it in place.
I used the snaps you get with the screws (or holes for screws). It worked ok...
(11-26-2018, 03:53 PM)becida Wrote: [ -> ]I had an '05 T&C, I used snaps on the foil covering, 2 at the top & two on the bottom , one on each side ... just enough to hold it in place.
I used the snaps you get with the screws (or holes for screws). It worked ok...

Thx for your input. I will consider that technique.

Kathleen
You might try SCOTCH brand adhesive putty between the reflectix, and the window, which is easily removable/replaceable. It's available at Walmart, and just about any hardware store.....works well.
(11-28-2018, 11:34 AM)ckelly78z Wrote: [ -> ]You might try SCOTCH brand adhesive putty between the reflectix, and the window, which is easily removable/replaceable. It's available at Walmart, and just about any hardware store.....works well.
Sounds like it would be great for the reflectix side. Wonder how it would work on the black felt??? I will ask at the hardware store. Thanks!!

Kathleen
why is it that everyone seems to think that you have to put black material onto one side reflectix? That is not the only option around suitable for making window coverings that have a reflective side and a black side.

One such group of products that comes in large sizes, black polyester on one side and reflective silver polyester coating on the other side are windshield snow covers. Here is the ASIN number for one version from Amazon B07H3GXV49 . There are other versions, makes and sizes of the same type of thing with black on one side and silver on the other that are also being sold as snow covers.

Home Depot sells by online order delivered to your local store big rolls of black EVA foam insulation that has a silver metalized reflective surface on one side of it. The 2mm thick roll is $39.00, the 3mm thick roll is $49.00 but it is more than enough to do several vans at 39" wide by 732" (61') long. That means two people can share the cost and the materials from one roll. You can cut it with scissors. You can sew velcro tabs onto it, you can use glue on the EVA foam side, you can put a little fabric reinforcing patch and put snaps in it. EVA foam is a nice, soft insulating material that does not degrade or off-gas. It also deadens sound. It won't scratch your windows. You can roll it up for storage. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Dekorman-Lam.../303636012

So please spread the word around that putting black material on the backside of Reflectix is way more labor than is needed, there are easier options around.
(11-29-2018, 07:14 AM)maki2 Wrote: [ -> ]why is it that everyone seems to think that you have to put black material onto one side reflectix? That is not the only option around suitable for making window coverings that have a reflective side and a black side.

Here is the  ASIN number for one version from Amazon   B07H3GXV49 . ... 

Home Depot sells by online order delivered to your local store big rolls of black EVA foam insulation that has a silver metalized reflective surface on one side of it. The 2mm thick roll is $39.00, the 3mm thick roll is $49.00  
So please spread the word around that putting black material on the backside of Reflectix is way more labor than is needed, there are easier options around.
You are so right. I WISH I had known re that roll of silver and black material at Home Depot. This project has been a big hassle. My windows are extremely contoured. Shutting out every bit of light with two layers has been a monster.

I can't see in the dark to drive (head injury) so I must be stealth. Thanks for the info of various sources and materials. May others see this and learn. Thanks!

Kathleen   PS Minivan window covers with the black and silver roll material would make an excellent CRVL video.
The fastest way to get the word out is for a few people to order some and then take it to the RTR events and show it off. If you have more than you need of the material no doubt you will find a person needing your excess material. It would also be a great demonstration for the WRTR event. There will be thousands of people at those events who can see it in person and then spread the word through videos. It gives them something new and helpful to others to make a video on. As to the CRVL video, maybe he will get to it....eventually....but I think he has a pretty long list of subjects waiting to be shown. However if he was touring a van and someone already had it for a window covering then it would no doubt be an interesting feature to show in the context of the van tour.
I was at a Menard's store tonight, and saw this silver one side/black the other roll back between the plumbing, and flooring department....same price.
(11-29-2018, 05:04 PM)maki2 Wrote: [ -> ]The fastest way to get the word out is for a few people to order some and then take it to the RTR events and show it off. If you have more than you need of the material no doubt you will find a person needing your excess material. It would also be a great demonstration for the WRTR event. There will be thousands of people at those events who can see it in person and then spread the word through videos. It gives them something new and helpful to others to make a video on.  As to the CRVL video, maybe he will get to it....eventually....but I think he has a pretty long list of subjects waiting to be shown.  However if he was touring a van and someone already had it for a window covering then it would no doubt be an interesting feature to show in the context of the van tour.

Yes, it would be great to show that material off at both events. Such hassle prevention. Cut one layer, not two. I also found out that you can order window covers for specific make/model vehicles online. Two companies, one has the desirable black on one side, silver on the other. For the time it has taken and the expense (bought 25 bucks worth of fabric first that did not work) it would have been worth it to me to order the perfect fit window covers. The names of the co's are listed at the Women's RTR site.

I know there is a long lineup of planned CRVL videos. Just saying, it would be REALLY HELPFUL to let people with huge contoured windows know that there is a better way than cutting two layers of fabric.  One rectangular window is a different story: Easy Peasy.
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