I was recently asked about my Prius Screen design.
I figured it would be worth while going through the design detail here in my blog.
My design criteria is to have screens but don't make them real obvious. They needed to be easily stored. They needed to be installed from the inside, and they needed to be something I can easily put up and take down. I also had to be able to get in and out of the car without having to fuss with the screen.
After a lot of looking and pondering designs I decided to use thin-walled fluted plastic sheets. Some refer to it as corrugated plastic. This is the material a lot of stick in the ground signs use.
I decided on making two screens, both for the rear windows so I get cross ventilation in the sleeping area.
I first cut cardboard to make a template of the window opening. I then transferred the shape to the plastic sheet. It only takes one pattern as either side is a mirror image of the other.
Then I decided the size of the opening in the plastic. I cut the opening in the center of the window.
This gave me a frame for my screen and an insert I could pop back in.
I painted the outside of the plastic sheet with cutout in so the outside would be black to match the tinted windows.
I sprayed adhesive to the outside of the sheet on top of black paint. But only the outside and not the center I cut out.
I applied no see um screen I bought on Amazon and stretched the screen to glue screen on tight.
I cut the screen to the outside edge of the plastic
I added an extra layer of plastic to the top inside edge that is narrow as it needed support.
Insert unit into window frame opening.
This picture shows the screen with center insert in.
Open window and remove center panel and this is what it looks like without my curtains in place.
I can leave the window cracked and the vent shade allows air flow but no bugs.
From the inside see first picture of this blog.