Black out Curtains Question

Submitted: Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 14:00
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After finally sorting out that nothing of this subject has been asked before, does anybody know of a product that can be used as black out curtains, but still allow air flow? I am wanting to use them on a camper trailer, so the lighter the better................ Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 17:10

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 17:10
You can't "black out" curtains.
Industry standard = "Block Out" curtains = Fabric + blockout lining.

None is designed for airflow, only light block out.

You could use outdoor blind fabric (like a weave fabric) black in colour which will allow air flow through, but I'm starting to talk about a few $$$ for fabric and make.

See and outdoor blind supplier or your local canvas guy.

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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 17:20

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 17:20
or

use a black sheer on a top and bottom coated wire.

Is your camper canvas tent style?
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 17:59

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 17:59
Cruiser, hi, camper is a hard floor with canvas top, I will stand corrected about "black out vs block out", LOL. May I ask what "sheer" is? I will have to talk to my mate that does canvas work, thanks. John
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 18:30

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 18:30
John, Are you wanting to block out most light so you can sleep past sunrise or simply have non see-through for privacy?
Apart from a highly complex baffle system I can't see how it cold be achieved to have air flow without light getting through. I have several times had to arrange forced ventilation system for a photographic darkroom and it was complicated.

Our Troopy has dark red (although faded) curtains which provide privacy and reduce light but we are still awakened soon after sunrise. Curtains which are not restrained at the bottom do move somewhat to allow breezes in but they still restrict slight airflow somewhat.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 18:37

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 18:37
Allan, Hi, looking for privacy, light doesn't worry me at all as I am an early riser...... I should have added that to the first post.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 19:55

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 19:55
That Big red and green building used to have a 90% black shade cloth. It would be reasonably cheap but a bit heavy too.
Creates good privacy as long as you do not have internal lights on. Lights on would create an interesting slide show for anyone outside

Or you could try 2 thicknesses of black mosquito mesh, again no lights on inside when changing ...

There's an old theatre trick with net:- Light it form the front, nothing shows through. Light it from behind and you can see everything. It might solve your problem.

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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 21:14

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 21:14
Hi John,

With 35 years of selling window coverings i can confidently say no such product exists. Your best bet would be to buy some triple weave polyester fabric, available to order from most curtain retailers.
It is basically three layers of polyester fabric woven together.
The darker colours are total blockout and the lighter ones about 80%.
The advantage over back coated fabrics is they can be washed with out damage.
They will not allow any breeze through the fabric, but if you attach only at the top they should allow air to come around the sides and base of curtain. They also don't crease even when crushed as will probably happen in the camper.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 06:59

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 06:59
Hi John,

You wouldn't happen to know of a measurer looking for work in SA?

One who can give the correct advice, quote & order correctly.

Many thanks in advance.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:18

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:18
Cruiser, I think you may have meant your reply to go to Rob M? Sorry, I can't help you.
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Reply By: fredwho - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 22:19

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 22:19
Blockout curtains on all windows except last window replace with aircon unit :-p

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 23:00

Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 23:00
Fred, not sure canvas walls will support an aircon unit, LOL
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:32

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:32
Maybe look at ways to increase privacy with lighting.
Eg. Reflective films on home window glass, if at night and the inside light is on, you can see straight in.
During the day whe sun is up and more light on the exterior side, no view to inside room.

A bit hard directing lights on the outside into mesh, but maybe a few led lights at corners of camper, facing out, would be enough to make inside viewing through the mesh very difficult ?
Possible worth testing a bit.
That no see un mesh works good during the day.
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