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Old 05-15-2021, 11:00 AM   #1
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Does Reflectix need to be hemmed?

Cutting Reflectix for the windshield and side windows, roof vents. Can I leave the edges raw or will it begin to separate?
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Old 05-15-2021, 11:36 AM   #2
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Mine are over 10 years old, and although becoming a bit crumpled on the edges, they have not separated at all.
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Mine are over 10 years old, and although becoming a bit crumpled on the edges, they have not separated at all.
Thanks, that saves me a lot of work!
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You could very easily "hem" the cut edges with some thin metallic tape like some people use to seal joints on flex air ducts. it is thin and has great adhesion on metallic surfaces. It might give you a more finished look and prevent the edges from any fraying over time.
Just a suggestion.
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We use the Reflectix on our coach to keep the heat buildup down, especially when parked broadside to the sun. But, I never liked the looked of it showing through all the windows (we have LOTS of windows on our coach.)

My solution was to use 3M adhesive to stick white fabric to the outer side of the Reflectix. The glue wasn't making a great bond, so I finally gave in and used the zig-zag setting on the machine to make a 'hem' all the way around all the pieces. That did the trick.

I know, the white fabric reduces the amount of sun that the material can bounce back. It looks great though, so it's a keeper.

Okay - why do I mention all this? Two reasons. First if you do want to hem the Reflectix a wide & long zig-zag is the way to go. Straight stitching creates a tear line and one good pull in the wrong direction and the stuff rips like the top of an Amazon bag.

Second, after running the zig-zag stitching all the way around the edges I found that it was much easier to put the stuff in place. The raw edge won't unravel, per se, but it isn't the most handy edge to work into tight places.

So if you have difficulty inserting your cut pieces of Reflectix into the windows you might consider doing the zig-zag around the edges.
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Some photos would be very helpful.

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Some photos would be very helpful.



Thanks, Dan
Kind of difficult to get a good picture of the stitches... It's just a row of the widest zig-zag stitches my machine can do all the way around the edges.

Due to the tinted windows, you cannot see the Reflectix from the outside. However, before I put on the white liner it showed through, which is why I put on the liner.

Attached to the windows with suction cups.

I left the silver showing on the inside, because if the Reflectix is in the windows the drapes are closed. Click image for larger version

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