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FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Jupiter Sun Shade

Q. How does the Jupiter shade attach to the car?

A. Although the Jupiter shade sits up against the windshield post of the car, the shade actually adheres to windshield at the top and bottom corners of the glass. This mounting procedure uses 4 small brackets that utilize 3M double-sided tape. In this way the installation never interferes with the production integrity of the vehicle.

 

Q. What keeps the shade from falling down when it is opened?

A. The Jupiter's unique mounting process provides the ultimate support system. One option (recommended) utilizes a thin nylon cord (transparent fishing line) that acts much like a curtain rod. This allows the shade to slide from the side to the center and back again with great ease while supporting the shade when open. A second option is to remove the nylon cord and simply use the vehicle's sun visors to support the shade. Both options support the shade very well; however, the nylon cord assists in guiding the shade back into its disengaged position.

 

Q. What happens if I need to remove the shade to replace my windshield?

A. Removal of the shade will weaken the adhesive properties of the double-sided adhesive tape. However, replacement tape is available from Solar e-clips for a nominal charge of $3.00.

 

Q. How strong and durable is the Jupiter shade?

A. Although the material used in the Jupiter shade is extremely thin and light weight and can be easily cut with a pair of scissors, it is almost impossible to tear, therefore making it extremely durable. The material used in the Jupiter was three years in its development in order to provide a reflective material that was strong and yet thin enough to compress into a 1/4" space when not in use.>

 

Q. How do I order the right size to fit my particular car?

A. The Jupiter shade is 28" high and is designed to fit essentially all vehicles. However, some windshields require a shorter shade in order to get a customized fit. This is easily accomplished by a simple trimming procedure of the Jupiter shade with a pair of scissors. Detailed instructions are provided with the installation instructions.

 

Q. My rear view mirror is attached to the windshield . Will this interfere with the operation of the Jupiter shade?

A. No. The Jupiter shade will simply open up against each side of the rear view mirror post, leaving a very small triangle of glass not covered by the shade. If the nylon support cord is utilized as part of the installation, the center support guide is placed above, below, or on either side of the mirror post. Some vehicles have a very thick support for the rear view mirror (1-1/2" thick) which requires two center support guides - one on either side of the rear view mirror post. That extra support guide is available from Solar e-clips without charge.

 

The Sundowner Sun Shade

Q. How does the Sundowner attach to the car?

A. The Sundowner uses a single bracket in the vertical center of each side of the shade that attaches to the extreme right and left side of the windshield, up against the windshield post. Attachment is accomplished using 3M double side adhesive tape.

 

Q. How do I shorten the Sundowner since my windshield measures less than 25"?

A. Using a pair of scissors, you can cut up to 3" from the top and up to 3" from the bottom of the shade without difficulty, using a pair of scissors.

 

Q. What happens if I need to remove the shade to replace my windshield?

A. Removal of the shade will weaken the adhesive properties of the double-sided adhesive tape. However, replacement tape is available from Solar e-clips for a nominal charge of $3.00.

 

Q. How strong and durable is the Sundowner shade?

A. Although the material used in the Sundowner shade is extremely thin and light weight and can be easily cut with a pair of scissors, it is almost impossible to tear, therefore making it extremely durable. The material used was three years in its development in order to provide a reflective material that was strong and yet thin enough to compress into a 1/4" space when not in use.

 

The SunFast Sun Shade

Q. How does the SunFast attach to the car?

A. The SunFast uses a single bracket in the vertical center of the shade that attaches to the extreme right side of the windshield glass, up against the windshield post. A complimentary single bracket is placed at the left side of the windshield in order to provide a latching device when the shade is engaged or opened.Attachment of the brackets is accomplished using 3M double side adhesive tape.

 

Q. How do I shorten the SunFast since my windshield measures less than 25"?

A. Using a pair of scissors, you can cut up to 3" from the top and up to 3" from the bottom of the shade without difficulty, using a pair of scissors.

 

Q. What happens if I need to remove the shade to replace my windshield?

A. Removal of the shade will weaken the adhesive properties of the double-sided adhesive tape. However, replacement tape is available from Solar e-clips for a nominal charge of $3.00.

 

Q. How strong and durable is the SunFast shade?

A. Although the material used in the SunFast shade as extremely thin and light weight and can be easily cut with a pair of scissors, it is almost impossible to tear, therefore making it extremely durable. The material used was three years in its development in order to provide a reflective material that was strong and yet thin enough to compress into a 1/2" space when not in use.

 

The Sundial Sunshade

Q. How is the Sundial shade installed?

A. The Sundial uses two suction cups that attach to the glass at the desired width up to a maximum of 49".

 

Q. Can the suction cups be left in place and the shade taken down for driving?

A. Yes, it is possible to leave the suction cups in place when removing the shade; however, these suction cups are black in color and 1-5/8" in diameter, and could interfere with full vision, depending on the size of your windshield.

 

The SunFade Sun Shade

Q. Can the window to which the SunFade is attached be lowered?

A. Yes. Since the SunFade is made of a soft material that hangs like a curtain, the window can be lowered down to the point where the mounting suction cups are attached.

 

Q. When the SunFade is pulled to the side, how much space does it take up?

A. Folded to one side, the shade takes up about 5" of space. However, a tie-back or strip of Velcro can gather that 5" into a very small fold if desired.


The Europa Mark I Sun Shade

Q. Will this shade fit on the back shelf if I have speakers and a brake light there?

A. The Mark I needs a flat 2" space for installation. This is normally on the back shelf, but it can also be at the point where the rear seat meets the back shelf. It can also be mounted over top of the speakers or brake light mound although this will cut down on the available window space.

 

Q. What supports the top of the shade when opened?

A. The Mark I uses 2 small plastic "cradle"hooks that attach to the top corners of the window glass using 3M double sided tape. Each end of the top rod of the shade then sits in its respective "cradle" hook.

 

Q. Can the Mark I be installed on the rear window of a hatchback?

A. Yes. This requires the us of a long strip of velcro to support the shades housing on the ledge of the window. Please click on this link to see an example.


The Europa Mark V Sun Shade

Q. Is this a "Do-It-Yourself" product?

A. Installation of the shade itself is very easy and can be accomplished by almost anyone including the installation of the battery operated control if it is located in the proximity of the shade itself. However, if you wish to operate the control from the front seat, then one has to be able to conceal the wiring from the shade to the dashboard area and this requires some additional handyman skills. If you want to use the vehicle's electrical system for power, we recommend that you engage the services of an auto mechanic.

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