We’re on our way to desert-y states like Utah, Arizona. Yes, with a little detour but we’ll be there some time this year. It’s going to be really hot, so we wanted to protect ourselves against heat in car and trailer. The flimsy window screens we had for the car didn’t work for us at all: not the right size, they didn’t hold on the windows and the material was too thin to actually protect from anything. Also they were those pop up things that always popped up when we least needed them.
We replaced them with premium car window mats: BlidiMax, custom made in Germany by my sister Anja and brother-in-law Gerhard. How lucky we are that they invented BlidiMax just in time before we took off on our big trip!
BlidiMax are the exact size of each of our windows, have a silver foil and suction cups on one side which is facing the window and a sturdy material on the other size with color of our choice. On that side are also the metal rings on the back side of the suction cups which can be used to remove the mat.
Now after using them for 2.5 months I can say they are the best car window screens one could hope for. If I have the choice between standing in direct sun next to the car or sitting in the car with BlidiMax up on the windows, I choose being inside the car any time.
In order to get the exact fit, I had prepared patterns with the exact measurements of the windows. Because that’s a little bit of work to do, I wanted to provide a How-to for measuring the windows, to make it easier for others. Here it goes:
Materials that I used: large plastic foil, scissors, a good marker, and double sided tape.
To get the exact measurement is quite complicated for the windshield since it’s large and due to the inclination of the window and the mirror in the middle. So I started with the easy windows on the side to get some practice.
First I distributed some patches of the double sided tape on the window, close to the edge in each corner and one in the middle. I cut one of the plastic bags so that I had one large sheet of plastic foil and attached it onto the window making sure that the foil was really straight and could be pushed into the space between window and seal.
Then with the black marker, I drew the line all around the window, pushing the marker’s end into the space between window and seal.
After that was done for the first window, I peeled off the plastic sheet from the window and removed the tape and cut off some of the overlapping foil. There needs to be a rim around the line of about a couple of inches so don’t cut along the actual drawing line.
On the same foil I wrote which window this pattern was from, e.g. ‘car front left’ and also marked any spots where there are stickers on the window. That part is really important because the suction cups don’t hold on stickers. Some stickers are hard to recognize, like the dotted area behind the rear mirror on our windshield or a tiny, black text on the side window which doesn’t look at all like an actual sticker.
I just had to prepare one foil of each window type, e.g. window on the driver side front, window on the driver side back, not for the opposite side.
Now onto the windshield: My plastic bags were half the size of the windshield so I had to stick two together. I recommend doing this before attaching the foil to the window. I also recommend doing the windshield with someone together who can help holding the foil. It really needs to be stuffed into all corners, be very straight, and also get wrapped around the mirror, not like I did on the window.
Our Tundra’s mirror is attached to the windshield. I’ve cut a thin line into the foil from the top of the windshield to the part were mirror meets windshield and made some space so the mirror could poke out. I clearly marked the spot where the mirror is and wrote the word ‘mirror’ next to it. I also marked the area with dots behind the mirror which is there to shield me from sun when I’m looking in the mirror. I never actually saw those dots before that day.
See how BlidiMax looks in our car for the picture:
And in real life:
I’m going to write another post about how we use BlidiMax in car and trailer. If you’re interested in BlidiMax for your own car, please check out Blickdicht Manufaktur’s website or ask any questions in the comments below. They only ship in Europe so far.
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