harold1946 - Thanks for the referral, (Plexi film) I had never heard of this, will check this option out!
3M makes films for plastic (say, taillight covers) - but none of them that I've seen are "clear" and will badly distort the view.
D3500ram - interesting comment and yes, I would be willing to apply a "sacrificial" film over the outside of my windows knowing full well I would have to replace it when it become too scratched up - as long as I could safely remove it without using a razor blade and scratching the underlying plastic.
More to come, thank you!
I am exploring window tint films/screens for retro-fit application to existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) windows.
I live in Southern California. Clear windows. Lots of Sun. I want to diminish it.
In my case the windows are double-pane acrylic (manufactured by Dometic) and Heki skylights. I have been told placing any tint film on the interior surface can cause excessive heating and subsequent damage (cracking) to the windows, due to trapped heat inside the sealed interior space (I have no idea if this is a vacuum or air gap), of if this is true. I'm OK with placing films (or "micro-punch" screens) on the outside; but also understand it is likely to get damaged (tree branches, washing, etc.) so ideally would like to place removable/replaceable film/decal without permanent damage to the acrylic substrate.
Dometic had no advice for me.
Window tint professionals I speak to are reluctant to apply standard 3M tint films to the acrylic windows, (inside or out) worried about differential thermal expansion causing disbonding or inability to remove/repair in the future if applied to the outside. I'm OK with the idea of using the micro "Punch" film screens but haven't found anyone with actual experience using this on acrylic. (I've only seen this on the outside of busses).
Looking for any advice/actual experience!
This may get moved out of the TC forum but as usual I expect TC forum members are the most knowledgeable.
Like so many others have said, thanks for sharing! Many viewers will regret not taking more photographs when they had the chance; if anything your post will remind us! (Still true regardless of today's digital phone cameras vs older film box methods)
THANK YOU for this important reminder!
From a fossil,
Brownie Box camera camper