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Old 07-25-2015, 08:46 AM   #1
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How to remove day/night shades?

I am getting ready to tint all of my windows and need to remove the day/night shades to make it easier. Is there an easy way to remove and reinstall them without taking down the valances?

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Old 07-25-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
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We just replaced ours and I think the valances do have to come down because of the screw locations. It really was not a big deal to remove the valances and reinstall.

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Old 07-25-2015, 09:07 AM   #3
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When we restrung ours it just snapped off. Have to pull down on bottom side and twist.
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:14 AM   #4
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This may be Monaco specific. I have previously replaced the day/night shades and did just take the valances down. As mentioned, it is not that hard and it might make your tinting job that much easier.

The issue with my install was that I could not even see how the shades were attached. Turns out, they were screwed into the top of the valance behind the shades. What you can try is to open the window and kind of lay on your back with your shoulders up against the bottom of the window and your head half out the window. Maybe you would be able to see the screws up in there and use an extension on a power drill to back them out.

Of course once you loosen the strings they shade will want to fall. Even to take the whole valance down you need to secure them. I compressed them and used masking tape to hold them up. I'd say give one a try!
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:16 AM   #5
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We removed the shades in the bedroom recently on our 2004 Newmar. just unscrew the plastic string adjusters on the bottom & with a flat head screwdriver release the two pins on the top main channel of the shade. These pins are more towards the center of the upper main body of the shade. Reverse the process to reinstall. No deed to remove the valence.
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:24 AM   #6
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I am getting ready to tint all of my windows and need to remove the day/night shades to make it easier. Is there an easy way to remove and reinstall them without taking down the valances?
Well Sir, It depends. The shorter (width dimension) ones, usually only have two screws that hold up the upper bar, to the bottom of the valance. Those can be a bit of a pain to get to but, doable. The longer width ones, as in say, oh, around 3' wide or more, will have the two screws, one close to each end and, there will also be a "clip" in the center section. That clip, is one like what's used in home blinds.

It's one of those that, once the two screws are removed, you have to tilt the upper bar, one way or the other, either towards the window or, away from it, to "un-hinge" the one side then, slide it in the opposite direction that you tilted to get it to "un-hinge from that side. I hope I've explained that correctly so you'll understand.

Then it will drop in your hands. Here's a bit of some help. When I had to re-string many of our larger ones, I opened the window and, also slid the screen out of the way too. That way, I could put up a ladder and work on undoing some of the screws from outside the coach which, made it a heck of a lot easier 'cause I had a couch and or, other stuff in the way of getting my head up side down to find the screws.

Oh, by the way, depending on just how good your eyes are and, how much light you have in or around those screws, I wear a really bright "head lamp" (the kind with an elastic band that holds it to my head) and, it's LED so, it's ultra bright to help these old eyes find and see those screws.

Another hint of help. Get a small battery powered screw gun for this. It's seriously easier to remove those screws with it than trying to use a screwdriver and all the blood is leaving your hand and arm and the pain is setting in 'cause you're working upside down. Magnetic tips work great in this application. Good luck.
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We just went through, this replacing three large ones and the two smaller ones at the ends of the slideout. The first was was a pain, it got slightly better. The longer blinds ones were held on by two clips. You can barely see them but you can feel them. You need to get a thin bladed screwdriver between the blind header and the clip. Pop both the clips loose on one side and then rotate the blind to release it from the other. I did not remove the valance from the large windows, I couldn't see how they were attached. The smaller ones did not use clips. They were secured with two drywall screws through the blind header into the valance. You have to pull the blind pleats away near the header to see them. They were obviously added after the valances were installed since the blinds covered some of the attachment screws. Replacing them was no picnic either but once you see how they attach to the clips it isn't to bad. I did remove the side valances and used the clips supplied with the new blinds. I was able to attach the blinds to the valance and then used some L brackets to mount the valances back to the wall. I found all the blinds had a sticker with the measurements and color codes that you might want to write down if you ever need a replacement. It's not visible without removal. One of the hardest things I found was adjusting them, Im still messing with them.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions!
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I just had to repair one of those (and will have to try again!). The valences have to come down on mine as that is how they are attached, from the top.

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