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Experience with sun shade window blinds

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16 Mar 2020 07:04 #219908 by Bosanek
Does anyone have experience with OEM and aftermarket sun shade window blinds for the rear window and for the rear side windows?

Any negative effects of using them?

Any aftermarket products to recommend from experience?

Does anyone have used ones to sell?


Would tinting the windows with a foil be a better solution instead?

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16 Mar 2020 08:14 #219910 by Lambert
I have full opaque rear windows as part of the van conversion and they are the bane of my life, the reduction in visibility is horrible, I will not be doing it again.

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16 Mar 2020 09:13 #219915 by Daniel30
I would get a 20% tint done in vinyl

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16 Mar 2020 09:54 #219916 by mlines
I have the Suzuki clip in shades, they are great.

Two considerations:

1. Mine are at least 13 years old and the outsides have faded from black to a grey colour, this does not affect their operation

2. One has gained a small tear from stuff I have carried in the rear, however having had a vinyl window tint on another car I had a similar thing happen to the tint.

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2003 M13 early KAP build.
3" Trailmaster lift with 1.5 Spacers on front
Customised winch bumper and roll cage
235/85R16 Maxxis Bighorns on 16" Rims, 4:1 Rocklobster, Rear ARB locker and on-board air
Corrected arms all-round, rear disks, Recaro seats and harnesses

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16 Mar 2020 12:14 #219918 by GeezerDan
I had a 5% tint done on the back 3 windows, it was cheaper than buying the sun shades and gives UV protection too.

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16 Mar 2020 19:22 - 16 Mar 2020 19:24 #219947 by Scimike
I used the tint film that Halfords sell, circa £14 for enough to do all the three rear windows. I did the rear side windows easy, the finish is as good as the professional ones in my son's Corsa, so I gave myself a pat on the back. Very happy with the tint level, no issues with external view, even in the dark. It's also still perfectly good, so nothing wrong with the quality.
Now the rear window is another matter. It's a complex curve and so was very difficult to achieve a finish I was happy with. I would go so far as to say that if I tried again I would take the window out in order to tint it, then refit. I ruined the film trying and so never tinted the rear, but I now I like it this way.

So I have no negative effects to report (on my part tint), but if you want the rear window tinted pay someone else to do it :laugh:
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20 Mar 2020 13:58 #220092 by Tin Worm
Excuse my ignorance, but why is there an issue with visibility?

The Jimny has bigger mirrors than most vans, and is lovely easy to park little box of fun. It's like wearing a large jacket :-)

I don't see the need to see out of the rear windows personally. Tempted to get the rear windows all vinyled the same colour as the car.

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20 Mar 2020 15:22 #220093 by CC Baxter
There's no issue with lack of a rear window, most of us will have driven vans built this way. If you want to black out the rear of the car to keep valuable tools out of sight (for example) then it's probably a good idea. If it's just a styling exercise it may not be. At least vinyl quickly peels off if you change your mind. Chris

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20 Mar 2020 16:13 #220097 by Lambert
Reversing out of car parking spaces is a pain simply because most people assume that my opaque windows are actually transparent because they don't expect a Jimny to be a van, it doesn't look like a transit or whatever. Also oblique junctions where the traffic is coming from the near side are not much fun either. First world problem obviously.

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