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Old 12-02-2008, 07:34 AM   #1
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an idea (or 2) for window shades

So, I've been trying to think of some alternatives to the roller-style shades and thought I might be able to copy what they use in the space shuttle These are accordion style, and made of heavy fabric with kevlar (I think) stiffeners. The ones at the front windows are kind-of secured within a channel during launch, then unfold and pull into place to cover the window. They secure around the frames using velcro. They're not real pretty, but I was thinking of something like this - maybe not fixed in place - that would match the cutout of the window and hold in place using ...... not velcro but ...... magnets. Maybe paint the window screen frame using that magnetic paint????

What do you think? More of a PITA than what it would be worth? I do like the Oceanair blinds, but they're a little too dear for me right now ......
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I would not mess with the magnets or the velcro. For you 73 model, I would have them latch on to your window locks.

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There are accordian style shades for auto/truck windshields that could work. The are sold as pairs and I have had a pair for 3years that still look and work like new. If I remember right they are called "Ultimate Shades"
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I've had good luck replacing roll-up shades with mini blinds. I get them at Lowes. They will cut them to length for free, and it's a simple matter to alter the length to what is needed. I've replaced the ones at the kitchen, the one in the rear bath, and installed one in the middle of the front window, reducing the length of the drapes.
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I would not mess with the magnets or the velcro. For you 73 model, I would have them latch on to your window locks.

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Latches? The latches at the bottom? But what about at the top? I'm up for ideas!!!
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