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So my minivan is like, ALL windows.  I've watched countless videos to make coverings and made note of what other people have done.  I can't seem to come up with a good, workable idea.

The very back windows are quite large too, rough is 38x18 and the hatch is roughly 50x20.  And the back windows curve.

I'm not ready to make Reflectix coverings because I am only dabbling so far and I'll be on the road where it's quite temperate. Luckily the tint on everything behind the front seats is quite dark.  Speaking of front seats, I'm having issues coming up with hanging a privacy curtain too.  All I have to work with is the seat belt contraption.  I tried a tension rod and couldn't get it to work.  Does anyone have some ideas for me?

I feel so needy. lol  Thank you!

Here's a pic of my made out of windows minivan.

https://imgur.com/P07PXF0
I just cut open larger cardboard boxes, got the $1 spray paint cans (big mistake, they spit and stink, so get the regular flat black not the cheap ones) and gave both sides a couple or three coats.

If you have clear 3" packing tape (cheap thin stuff) then tape all edges so that when you squish them into the window frame they help keep the edges ok. Double/triple tape any folds in the cardboard so that it is stiffer.

Cut with scissors, box cutter or whatever.
I stopped by Hobby Lobby today and looked at every possible large black paper-like things they had, from thickish foam board to poster paper and everything in between. I got a couple things to experiment with but nothing they had was going to be as big as that back hatch window. The only thing that was going to be long enough for the back side windows was some black matting for framing pix at $11/sheet.

Sitting in the van today and said screw it, I'm just going to run parachute cord ALL THE WAY AROUND and put up some kind of black material with binder clips. lol

I'll see if I can find some cardboard big enough and try that out. Thanks!
How about something like this from WM - static cling blackout window film?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Popeve-Static.../527591457

Cheers!
I do the binder clips with a black plastic tablecloth folded lengthwise from the dollar tree on windows with no ventilation. I did paracord along both sides for the forward windows and clip a more pourous fabric there (some screen held in place with painter's tape along the few inches of open windows under the rain deflectors). The front and hatch windows get a sun shield.
i used bungiecord so i can get a snugfit.
I ran the cord through just like a curtain rod. Some of the cord/curtains i made semi permanent by screwing the ends to the van. The front bungie curtain i just wrap around the front and hook the bungie ends to whatever is available.
(03-03-2021, 07:00 PM)JDub Wrote: [ -> ]How about something like this from WM - static cling blackout window film?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Popeve-Static.../527591457

Cheers!


Interesting!  I'd be afraid it would screw up the tint taking it off though.  I put something like that on the window behind my computer desk and it was a bear to get off.  Ended up needing a single edge in places.
(03-03-2021, 07:19 PM)GypsyJan Wrote: [ -> ]I do the binder clips with a black plastic tablecloth folded lengthwise from the dollar tree on windows with no ventilation. I did paracord along both sides for the forward windows and clip a more pourous fabric there (some screen held in place with painter's tape along the few inches of open windows under the rain deflectors). The front and hatch windows get a sun shield.


Reminds me, I need to get rain deflectors.  And a sunshield.  I'll look in Dollar Tree for the tablecloth tomorrow, thanks!
(03-03-2021, 07:26 PM)desert_sailing Wrote: [ -> ]i used bungiecord so i  can get a snugfit.
I ran the cord through just like a curtain rod. Some of the cord/curtains i made semi permanent by screwing the ends to the van. The front bungie curtain i just wrap around the front and hook the bungie ends to whatever is available.

I like the idea of using bungies.  This van though, for some reason it doesn't have a lot of things to attach to.  Or it will have something on one side but not on the other.  She's weird. lol
Reflects are worth their weight in gold! They are a pain to cut, more so if you have a short attention span. My minivan (odyssey) I only had to fit one side and then traced and reversed it since the other windows was the same window shape but reversed. I cut and glued fabric onto them dark gray fleece and then tapped them on with gorilla tape after a few months of wear. They are not perfect some cracks let light in but they really keep a lot of heat out and Keep everything more cool massive difference when I’m in town shopping my car is on fire it’s so hot but I could still park directly in the sun with my window coverings and be perfectly comfortable.

They work for a reason. Just do one at a time it’s worth doing them than messing with anything else also the rear window is still a mystery. Oh I also put on strips of Velcro on all the windows to help them stick. Plus in the back windows since it’s more of a sun roof than a window I drilled in 4 holes (8 actually) and put in u hook nails (should of used screw of some sort) and that helped keep it from falling down plus I used a 3m big hook on the bottom windows silll to also keep it in place around the notch for the backup light indent. I do need to flip the coverings every week since they are also curved enough to also make the the sides fall out of place.

I’m sure your more discouraged than ever to try them but for every window ya make it for there is going to be an major improvement! Also the driver side rear side windows is worthless when driving so permanently placing in a reflect covering is gonna be an easy step since ya can tape that bad boy in and get out that frustration!!!!! I used duck tape the first time then upgraded to the roll of gorilla tape.

I did buy the picture 3m Velcro piece that’s my next project to help keep that back windows sides in place.

I think eventually I might get blind spot mirrors and just make most the coverings permanent.

Easy way to make them is just measure length and higher add a few inches and just try to jam in windows remove and cut and repeat. If you mess up just trace it onto another section and then cut 2 inches out to “undo” your mistake. I ended up throwing so much of my roll away since I was to scared to use it and make mistakes. I learned for next time when I buy a new roll and redo them. Until then what I have works well and maybe you will learn from my mistakes either way happy minivan life!
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