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Old 01-25-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Pull down shades, help

I've been cleaning the pull down shades now, did the curtians last winter, and they turned out great. These are (I belive) the original pull down shades, they match the curtains. I soak them in Oxyclean, but careful not to submerge the cardboard roller tube. One of my shades the fabric has seperated from the roller/tube. What type glue do you think I should use to re-attach? Thanks John
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:14 AM   #2
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The tape on roller shades doesn't get that much of a workout, since the shade never unrolls enough to pull directly on the tape. So anything that will stand up over time will work. I've had success with duct tape.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:20 AM   #3
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We're fixing to replace the material on ours, keeping the original rollers. Taking it apart, we discovered that we'd used duct tape many years ago to reattach the material to the roller, still holding fine all these years later.

(What didn't withstand the major test of time was the vinyl material, which is now stiffer than a board. The new thick vinyl material from the fabric store is going to wake up the place a lot: It's bright turquoise, perfect for New Mexico!)


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Old 01-26-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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You are probably already aware of this, but just thought I would mention that if you ever need to replace any of the shades, Home Depot will cut them to measure while you wait. It has been over a year now, but we replaced ours for what I remember being about $7/ea.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:26 AM   #5
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We looked at some of the bigbox stores, too. They could indeed custom-build for us, but what we were looking for was ... color. The original material was a kind of light turquoise/blue (heaven knows how much it faded with time). For the new turquoise material, we'll need sunglasses.

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A couple pictures would allow the rest of us to know what you are specifically referring to.

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I'd love to see some pics of those turquoise shades too!!
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Gonna have to wait a while, Suzzeee! We prefer not to go out and muck about in the Airstream until it's a bit warmer outside. (And it's a mild -2F now.)

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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some pics

here's some pics of the cardboard roller and the shade material that needs to be reglued. Looking for a "glue" suggestion
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:00 PM   #10
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I just made shades for my Bambi II and attached the shade to the roller with Gorilla Tape. It's like duct tape, but tuffer! Mine are long enough that they'll never get to the roller when they're rolled down to cover the windows.
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