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Old 04-21-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
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Tinted Screen Door Panels

Didn't see a Tinted Screen Door Panel mod within the thread (apologize in advance if I missed a prior post) and thought I'd share what mine looks like.

When I run my heat or A/C I have to close my main outer entry door, but because I only have a small kitchen window on the entry side of my TT I have limited light coming in the TT, especially with the awning extended. So the objective of adding the tinted panels was to allow more light in while running the furnace or A/C with the main outer door open.

I used 3/32 thick tinted Plexiglas and cut them into three separate panels, and I elected to use commercial grade Velcro (2" long strips spaced 12"-18" apart) to attach the panels to the outer screen door frame. You could put the panels on the "inside" of the screen door, but I thought on the outside would keep the screen cleaner.

I've had the panels attached for over four years without any problems and remove them only for cleaning. The tinting allows light in, but it's difficult for someone to see in (provides some privacy). Looking out from inside the TT through the panels is actually pretty clear.

If I had to do it again, I would use 1/8" Plexiglas in lieu of 3/32" (less brittle), or would look into some of the Lexon material out there (couldn't find any tinted Lexon at the time).

This is my first attempt at posting photos, so here goes.........;

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Old 04-22-2011, 08:00 AM   #2
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Nice job Rustic Eagle! I assume you used a very fine jigsaw blade to cut the radius on the corners.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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Great job Rustic Eagle. You do good work.

Can you mass produce this mod? If so, how much would a mod like this cost?

If wondering, I'm thinking of plastic on the bottom of my TT door (due to my dog's sharp nails) and leave factory screen on the top section. How much do you think a plastic cover for "bottom section only" would cost?

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Old 04-22-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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I have about $70 invested in my mod (material/labor). I purchased the material from a local plastics company and had them cut and make the radius corners for me. Home Depot, Lowes, possibly Menards, etc., also sell the material as well. I've heard that some Lowes stores will also cut the material for you. I had a friend say that some marine/boat shops also carry it.

As far as mass producing, someone beat me to it : http://rvdoorbuddy.com/

The cost of a panel for the lower section of the door only, I would guess the material would cost around $15-$25 (depends on type/thickness of plastic). Tinted is a little more expensive than the clear stuff, and Lexan is more expensive than Plexiglas.

If you elect to put the panel(s) on the inside of the screen door "recessed" into the frame, you could also consider using "mirror clips" to hold the panel in place (the kind that hold our stick-home bathroom mirrors to the wall).

You might find a local hardware store where you can take your screen door in with the material and they can cut-to-fit.

The Lexan material is far easier to work with (less prone to cracking like Plexiglas), and easy to cut with a straight edge and fine tooth jig saw (even a radial saw).

Hope this helps.

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Nice work. Make one for me now, please.
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