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Please check the contents of your kit. If there are any issues with the contents of your order including the size of your panels, Relax! We meant when we said, we will resolve any issues and we are as nice as your grandmother. We are here to please. In addition, if there is some issue with the stability of your panels, please call your planner. Quite often there is an easy solution and perhaps more fastening hardware we may need to send to you. We should have an idea or two to help with unforeseen conditions. Read more about errors
Outdoor Plastic Panels | Fixed Attachment (Click any image to enlarge)
The most common Attachment for Clear Vinyl Winter Panels is a fixed attachment. While our summer curtains are quite lovely when gathered back, let's face it, you aren't going to win any beauty contest gathering back a thick hunk of plastic. Tracking attachment is the option chosen when folks already have or plan to one day our Mosquito Curtains for summer such that the Clear Vinyl panels are interchangeable. Actual track mounting instructions will come with your order. Skip to Step 3.
Step 1: Determine Height Position & Placing Adhesive Velcro®
Hold up one of your smaller panels to determine the positioning of your top Velcro.
Curtains are side mounted to some surface "UP" from the lower edge of that surface typically from 1-3". You just need to determine WHERE such that the bottom of the curtain overlaps the floor by about an inch or so, but according to YOUR preference. Peel and stick the adhesive-backed Velcro® horizontally across your top attachment surface. If it doesn't stick well (rough cut wood or stained surfaces), reinforce the adhesive Velcro with a staple gun (or marine snaps, or L-shaped screws). The top surface is your most important attachment surface (good 'ol gravity). Velcro® tape helps to keep the curtains aligned. It is a pretty strong hold in the middle of the panel but weak at the two ends.
Step 2: Determine Horizontal Position
Now that you have top to bottom positioning, it's time to position the panel left to right. If attaching to a vertical surface, you will need at least 2
inches of overlap to eventually "snap" to that surface. Here's your opportunity to adjust the panel side-to-side before applying fixed fasteners.
Step 3: Add Fixed Fasteners
Grommets and L-shaped Screws
In the 4 corners of each panel there are metal grommets already on your curtain. These are your strongest fastener and the 4 corners are your most critical holds. Screw L-shaped screws through these grommets. Screw them in until about the last 1/2 inch and then turn them away so that the grommets won't slip off the L-bracket.
Marine Snaps and Wind Direction
Marine snaps are added as needed, but positioning is important
. The female snaps you place are comprised of a black button and a stainless steel socket. The black button should face against the wind and the socket should face in the same direction as the wind is blowing towards. Let the wind reinforce the male / female snap connection, otherwise the wind will try to pry the connection loose. See videos below.
Step 4: Optional Hardware
If You Are Using Adhesive Snaps
Be sure to read instructions and allow them to cure 24hours before doing ANYTHING or they are worthless!
Place your adhesive snaps on some cleaned surface. Don't snap to them, don't touch them, and try not to even look at them. Wait 24hrs for the adhesive to cure. Then use the snap tool to place female snaps. A little tension between snaps will force the webbing to lay flat for a good seal.
If You Are Using Tie Up Straps
Tie up straps are used to hand roll panels up. The strap has a single grommet on one end that is placed over the L-shaped screw beneath the panel. Roll up your panel and you will have a choice to use one of two grommets to place over the L-screw once again.
If You Are Using Belted Ribs
A belted rib is attached is used to brace the curtain against the wind. They are very effective for stabilizing the entire curtain and can be placed both on the interior side of a panel, on the exterior side or both sides.
If You Are Rigging a Roman Shade
A Roman shade is something you can easily rig on your own. This video
will give you step by step instructions. Roman shades for panels wider than 10ft are cumbersome and don't work well. There are a few inexpensive items you will need from the hardware store. A 2in or 2.5in PVC Tube, eyescrews, and para cord.
Step 5: Caring For Your Curtain
- Avoid sharp objects that can poke into fabrics
- Avoid anything hot enough to melt panels (barbecues, cigars, heaters)
- Roll up panels or remove them in very strong winds greater than 25mph at ground level
- Remove Panels during summer months (the sun will yellow and shrink CV)
- Clean well using soap and water & use our Fastwax® to protect surface
- Store in a cool dry place below 80 degrees (NOT in attic or garage). Beneath a bed or basement is a good choice.