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#61 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 09:02 PM

Well, to each his own.  I kind of hate spending more than even a few seconds putting sunshades up, and rolling up something like the Introtech would drive me buggy.  I really can put the shades up (and take them down) in less time than anyone can count to two.  Plus I really want the sunshade to take up *zero* room in the car, which the Auto Expressions ones do (well, it's not physically possible to take up zero room, but they certainly don't take up even 1/8" of room between the seat you couldn't use anyway).

 

Honestly, I think they *would* be perfect if they were just a bit bigger and with the cars nowadays coming out with bigger and bigger front windshields I suspect it will happen -- just a matter of time.









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Posted 11 August 2014 - 03:40 PM

I'm going to give the Intro-Tech a shot, there is a lot of real estate on that dashboard, and this should help.  They have a promo right now at Auto Anything (link in the first post) where you get 10% off as well as a free side window shade, so there's that as well.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 11:56 PM

Still trying to get my Wife to at least try out the Pro Trim Sunblocker that I bought on Ebay. She tried it once, got frustrated and then gave up on it! From what I've seen on this thread it appears that the "ultimate" Intro-tech has the

best fit. The only draw back is that it doesn't store away easily like the Walmart shades.



#64 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:56 AM

I actually used my custom made shade two or three times before I realized it was WAY more effort than I ever wanted to do when I parked the car.  What happens is this: you park for, say, 10 minutes and think "Do I want to spend two minutes putting the shade up, a minute taking it down and putting it away, when I'm only going to be away for that short a period of time?"  So you skip it that one time.  And the next time you are gone for only 15 minutes...

 

Soon you just can't bring yourself to using it unless you are REALLY going to be away from the vehicle, for hours at a time.  In those cases (like for those of you who are unfortunate enough to have to work for a living :>) then I'd go ahead and get whatever is the best for you, knowing that even spending five minutes putting it up and taking it down will only be done once a day.  For those of us who don't have our vehicles unattended that long (or who make lots of short trips) I really think the absolute easiest thing is what you want because then you WILL do it (and I use the Wal-mart shades even if I'm out of the car for less than 10 minutes, because it takes less than a minute TOTAL for up and down).

 

Women are a whole different thing, as we all know.  And as soon as someone figures them out, I'll buy their book <g>.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

I actually used my custom made shade two or three times before I realized it was WAY more effort than I ever wanted to do when I parked the car.  What happens is this: you park for, say, 10 minutes and think "Do I want to spend two minutes putting the shade up, a minute taking it down and putting it away, when I'm only going to be away for that short a period of time?"  So you skip it that one time.  And the next time you are gone for only 15 minutes...

 

Soon you just can't bring yourself to using it unless you are REALLY going to be away from the vehicle, for hours at a time.  In those cases (like for those of you who are unfortunate enough to have to work for a living :>) then I'd go ahead and get whatever is the best for you, knowing that even spending five minutes putting it up and taking it down will only be done once a day.  For those of us who don't have our vehicles unattended that long (or who make lots of short trips) I really think the absolute easiest thing is what you want because then you WILL do it (and I use the Wal-mart shades even if I'm out of the car for less than 10 minutes, because it takes less than a minute TOTAL for up and down).

 

Women are a whole different thing, as we all know.  And as soon as someone figures them out, I'll buy their book <g>.

I have to disagree totally if you are talking about the ultimate Intro-tech fold up sunscreen as I have used the ultimate for nearly 1 1/2 years.  I just went out and timed putting it up and taking it down.  It takes less than 15 seconds to reach in the back and put the sunscreen up and less than 10 seconds to take it down.  Even doubling the time should one mix up the top and bottom and have to refold and reverse when putting up is a fraction of 2 minutes.  

 

RockwallRick, the ultimate does fit virtually all the windshield area except around the mirror.  As far as ease of use, one has to "learn" the best technique for putting it up and taking down. I've found that laying it folded on the dash, unfolding, sliding it forward to base of windshield, lifting into place, and then snapping / securing behind the headliner is rather easy.  Taking it down requires popping it out from under the headliner with right hand under the sunscreen in the middle holding it up, let it start to fold in the middle, and then complete the fold up on one side then the other (it naturally falls into place with virtually no effort).  Once mastered, taking it down is simple and quicker than putting it up.  IMO, storing is not much different than a roll-up one.

 

Also, my wife uses it all the time as she drives the car more than I do.  It's the best sunscreen we've ever owned as we've used roll up and the snap fold up sunscreens on other vehicles. We use it virtually every time we are out and about from 10 minutes to hours at a time.  



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 12:52 PM

There seems to be some confusion between the Intro-Tech Roll Up and the Intro-Tech Fold Up. ( Ultimate )  I like the way

the Ultimate fits and who knows, maybe my Wife would have been ok with that one?? At this point, I just want to get her

back in the habit of using a sunshade like she used to in her old car! :rockon:



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:26 PM

And, Plus, I'll respectfully disagree with you.  I can put up my sunshades with one hand, reaching in the seat next to me (so no reaching over the back seat, nor any problems with passengers sitting there).  I can also put the sunshades up with three other passengers in the car with me, all without disturbing them in the slightest (and remove them and put them away, all without even slightly touching them).  If you can do that with your shades, I'll eat them (well, you MUST at least provide some jelly and/or jam :>). 

 

Anything that involves two hands and any maneuver that reaches into the back seats or involves other folks in the car having to duck and or rearrange themselves is really ridiculous, in my never humble opinion.  However, as I said, for folks who travel alone and/or park for many hours I will admit almost anything is worth the effort.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 01:28 PM

There seems to be some confusion between the Intro-Tech Roll Up and the Intro-Tech Fold Up. ( Ultimate )  I like the way

the Ultimate fits and who knows, maybe my Wife would have been ok with that one?? At this point, I just want to get her

back in the habit of using a sunshade like she used to in her old car! :rockon:

Yes, I agree on the confusion.  I know the Ultimate is significantly more expensive but IMO is well worth it.   

 

IMO, I think the issues with sunscreens for the C-Max stems from the fact that the windshield is huge compared with most cars.  For example IIRC, the C-Max windshield is over 2000 sq.in. (car not home now to validate) and my Nissan Rogue is about 1500 sq. in.  So, a C-Max sunscreen would be about 33% larger than a sunscreen for my Nissan (we have a custom roll-up one for it).  This size difference alone would make a C-Max sunscreen more difficult to handle than a smaller one.  I've got to believe (from experience with roll-up screens) that a roll-up for the C-Max would be more difficult and probably more time consuming to install and take down than the Ultimate.  The time to put up and take down the Nissan sunscreen is slightly more than what it takes for the Ultimate on the C-Max.


Edited by Plus 3 Golfer, 12 August 2014 - 04:10 PM.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:28 PM

FWIW, I don't tuck my IntroTech Ultimate into the headliner. I rest it behind the visors. This allows it get closer to the mirror, actually, but that's not why I do it; I do it because I think it's easier, faster, and doesn't involve possibly putting undue wear on the front edge of the headliner.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:36 PM

FWIW, I don't tuck my IntroTech Ultimate into the headliner. I rest it behind the visors. This allows it get closer to the mirror, actually, but that's not why I do it; I do it because I think it's easier, faster, and doesn't involve possibly putting undue wear on the front edge of the headliner.

Good point.  

 

I just looked at my headliner.  There is no question that the soft padded fabric covering which is apparently glued to and overhangs slightly the rigid headliner surface at the front is slightly turned down at the overhang (not unglued though) and looks a little dirty..  It's likely given the frequency of use of our sunshade, that it may start to fray at the edge in a few more years.  So, we are going to start using the visor and not tuck it under the headliner.  

 

Thanks for the tip. 


Edited by Plus 3 Golfer, 12 August 2014 - 06:37 PM.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:54 PM

Bought the shades that Kellytoons has, jumbo size from Pepboys.  Fit well, go up fast, folding them took about 5 seconds the first time, a minute the second time.  Car was much cooler, much easier to drive without ac.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:47 PM

Folding them took longer the second time?  LOL -- did you forget how?

 

If you grab them with opposite facing palms and twist your hands together they go like magic (IOW, grab with one hand facing outwards, the other facing inwards and twist them in opposite directions and the shades follow suit).



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:39 PM

ya, but first try was pretty fast.  I am sure I will get the hang of it.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:28 PM

HeatShield, just fold it. Awesome, especially in the Los Angeles 100+ heat.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:36 PM

Ummm, according to the Heatshield website they do NOT recommend folding it - it should be rolled up so as not to damage it (I assume they know their product).



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:45 PM

I use to roll it but folding it works better. Plus it sits better on the window. There are vertical creases there anyway and I see nothing wearing out and I use it every work day since I've owned the car in Dec 2012....but if you're a stickler for rules...look  :detective:  elsewhere then I suppose.



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:29 AM

The "Ultimate" solution would be a power sunshade like we have for the Pano roof! C'mon Ford, you can do it!! :rockon:



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 05:21 PM

Hi I'm a newbie here and of course surfing on this site. Love all the info I am seeing. Have a question. Does anyone know if the sun shades that Ford sells made for the c max is of a good quality or name brand and has anyone purchased or used from Ford. It's supposed to be a fit and made for our large window but none in stock so I would have to order to figure this out and return if I don't like it.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 01:34 PM

Ok so I answered my own question. I happen to be working in another town today and stopped in a a Ford dealer. Low and behold they had one sun visor left for the c max so I bought it. Made by intro-tech and it's a roll up with the shiny silver on one side and white on the inside. Fits like a glove and cost me 24.95. Love it.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 02:15 PM

Ok so I answered my own question. I happen to be working in another town today and stopped in a a Ford dealer. Low and behold they had one sun visor left for the c max so I bought it. Made by intro-tech and it's a roll up with the shiny silver on one side and white on the inside. Fits like a glove and cost me 24.95. Love it.

 

Could you post some pics of it and installed?  

 

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