Originally Posted by Utahgoldrup
Hey, what you have done has inspired me!! I like that you tinted the window, we have been thinking of that as well. I think we will try and replace the blind without taking the inside skin off but if we need to, I think we can do it. Can you send a picture showing what you did?
You have returned the inspiration. I couldnít think of much to show in the photos, since I didnít take any with the skin off and now it just looks the same except the tint is darker and the shade works. Well, the door is much cleaner.
First I shot the photos looking through the door window and the front side window from the inside out so you can see the difference it makes in the color. Then I went outside and shot the two together. Then the inspiration struck. I got ambitious and did the front side window for before and after shots. I also included a shot of all four windows in the living and galley area. (Yes, Iíll admit it, the line from the handle is holding my old Braund Skyliner antenna up. I have new gears, just one more thing on the list.
I also ran into a couple of gotchas. The bolt that holds the screen door to the outer door was secured with oversize pop rivets. As you can see in the photo, I got one to kind of hold, but the other simply falls out. A trip to the hardware store will solve that. The other is especially important. When the inner skin is installed, the friction makes it need much
more tension to roll up the shade. That is as far as I have been able to retract the shade so far.
It seems to go up a little further as I use it, so Iím hoping with a little more use it will improve. Use a lot more tension than you think is necessary!
There is a noticeable difference in temperatures you can feel between windows and the mini blinds from the window in front of the door to the one behind the door that hasnít been done yet. They are identical nonopening windows so they make a good comparison. When I get my IR thermometer back from my brother I will shoot the temps on these two windows and post an update.
I used Gila titanium window film from Home Depot. They claim it rejects 72% of the sunís heat. It really is a two person job, though. I could have really used an extra pair of hands. These Airstream windows are especially tough.
I really like the look from the outside a lot.