Cheap Two-way Mirror - Tinted Window - Car Intimity

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Introduction: Cheap Two-way Mirror - Tinted Window - Car Intimity

I found by chance how to make two-way mirror on my car: with rescue blanket and milk!

This is a great system because from the outside light is reflected like in a mirror. So you get cooler inside, and good privacy. And on the other hand, from the inside of the car, you still can see outside. Like with a two-way mirror.

Materials you need:

  • 1 rescue blanket
  • a bit of milk (used as glue)
  • 1 cutter
  • 1 clean cloth
  • 1 window wiper

Step 1: Spray the Milk on the Window

After different experimentations, I found out that milk was the best glue for this special purpose: it can stay for long time (at least one year in hard conditions on my car), an once you decide to remove the two-way mirror, it is really fast and easy to clean (not like synthetic glue).

In fact i first tried to fix the blanket with water, which was working for few weeks. But once high heat comes on the car, it slowly starts to unstick from the window.

My second experiment was with casein glue. It sticks very very well, but it is a bit too thick and difficult to spread out. So at the end it stays smears in between the blanket and the window. Not very nice...

This is how I found the good compromise: milk is liquid enough to be spread out, and stick well.

Step 2: Lay Down the Rescue Blanket

It is really easy to adjust the blanket on the window if it is large enough. With the milk, the blanket will naturally stick on the glass (static electricity). You can use a wet cloth to lay down the blanket easily.

Step 3: Cut the Blanket Left Over

Use a cutter to remove neatly the useless part of the cover.

Step 4: Spray Out the Milk

This is the most important part if you want to get a great result.

Use a window wiper to spray the milk out, always from the centre to the outside! If you can roll down the window, it is easier to reach the edge.

If you add water on the blanket, or if you wrap the wiper in a wet cloth, the wiper slides better, and it get a great result without damaging the blanket. Almost all the milk must flow out below the blanket, so that it looks dry and transparent at the end.

Step 5: View From the Inside


From inside light is subdued, witch is great when hard sun shines on the glass.
But just one thing: People from outside can see what happens inside the car during night if you turn on the light! So if you want complete privacy it is worth to add an opaque curtain that you can roll (I fix mines with magnets sewed on the textile).

Step 6: Here You Are!!

And this is it!!

Have a good trip!

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    16 Discussions

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    ЕвгенийС37
    ЕвгенийС37

    3 years ago

    LADA 111))))) не думал, что в Европе ездят на таких)))

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    oucheu
    oucheu

    Reply 3 years ago

    Da da!! yeah, we love our lada!

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    den0matic
    den0matic

    3 years ago

    This is a great innovative instructable, pay no mind to the legal lecturers, I'm sure we can all get that local jurisdictions may or may not go for it. I think you have come up with a wonderful idea, and very economical as well. Keep up the great work.

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    batvette
    batvette

    3 years ago

    As someone else suggested this is illegal in many or most states. California prohibits any reflective tint.

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    oucheu
    oucheu

    Reply 3 years ago

    OK, I didn't know that. Pity, because it is very practical.

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    neopolitan
    neopolitan

    3 years ago

    might be handy to tell the audience that the odds of this being illegal where ever you might live would be approximately 3:1

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    jon_chalk
    jon_chalk

    3 years ago

    Well done instructable. I wonder if this method can be used on regular home windows (or even a patio door)?

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    oucheu
    oucheu

    Reply 3 years ago

    Well, it should works, but problem is to find large enough blanket to cover the full window. or maybe it is possible to overlap the blankets...

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    LydiaT2
    LydiaT2

    3 years ago

    Wow! Great idea! I voted twice for you.

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    oucheu
    oucheu

    Reply 3 years ago

    thanks for voting!

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    KVSBUNNY
    KVSBUNNY

    3 years ago

    very cool! the milk doesn't smell? I don't suppose this would be legal on the top portion of the windshield or driver door . . . Darn Thanks!

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    oucheu
    oucheu

    Reply 3 years ago

    No, milk doesn't smell more than milk powder: to the end it only stay an invisible layer of milk, which dries fast.

    And yes, it it illegal at the front of the car (at least in France). My solution is to use a sun visor on the windshield, and to sew this rescue blanket on one side of a curtain on the side door. So I roll the curtain when I drive, and I unroll it to get full opacity.

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    CaseyCase
    CaseyCase

    3 years ago

    Would have never considered using milk as an adhesive in this application--very clever. Also, didn't realize that "space blankets" were actually transparent.

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    oucheu
    oucheu

    Reply 3 years ago

    yeah, it is really by chance I found this idea. First, I also didn't realize theses blankets were transparent, and I wanted to use it as a removable curtain. And when I tried to fix it, I saw it was possible to see through the window. So I tried different tricks to fix it.

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    wrsexton
    wrsexton

    3 years ago

    Nice, creative use of materials!

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    Swansong
    Swansong

    3 years ago

    That's neat, it probably helps keep the car from getting as hot as well!