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Please help me with window work.

  1. Sep 1, 2008 #1
    I live in a studio apartment over a busy city street. About 99% of people who walk by stare into my apartment and focus on me. I've been pretty good at ignoring this, but after a year, it's taking a toll. About an hour ago, some guy was standing out there with his wife/gf, and pointed at me over and over. I've gone outside on occasion- there's nothing unusual here. Just very large windows that would naturally invite curious eyes. The way the apartment is set up doesn't let me escape their curiosity. But I loathe closing the blinds all day because when I get home from work, I need light. I don't get that at work. And I need to spend most time inside studying for classes.

    Does anyone know of some kind of covering I could put on the window so I can see out (reasonably well) while eliminating the visibility on the outside? My Google search strategy isn't helping.
     
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  3. Sep 1, 2008 #2

    cristo

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    To the OP: I can't be helpful at all, but my office window has this sort of one-way reflective mirror sticky plastic stuff, so something definitely does exist!
     
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  4. Sep 1, 2008 #3
    Yeah, that's exactly what I had in mind. Any idea who to contact?

    And I'm a guy, so it's nothing like that. I think it's just how the area is arranged. Businesses down below and just the whole scene feels like it should pull eyes upward. I dunno.
     
  5. Sep 1, 2008 #4
    why do you want to be able to stare at the people outside but not let them stare at you? That's not fair. thin curtains will let the light in and they won't see in.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2008 #5

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    So you're living in a fishbowl, OAQ? Cristo has a great idea - Google "reflective window coatings" and you'll get a bunch of leads.

    But if your landlord won't let you put that stuff on the windows, try some gauze or lace curtains. Something like this:

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  7. Sep 1, 2008 #6
    go to auto zone and get a few rolls of window tint
     
  8. Sep 1, 2008 #7
    In Arizona I see a lot of screens covering windows to keep the heat out. you can see out them but you can't see in.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2008 #8

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    Google something like "one way mirror window film."
     
  10. Sep 1, 2008 #9

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    At a hobby store I found some plastic sheets that adhere to the glass that look very nice, kind of a crystalized glazing, that lets light in but people can't see in. The plastic can be peeled off at anytime without any mess.
     
  11. Sep 1, 2008 #10

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    I visited my sister-in-law in Texas a few years ago. We were in her room, which had a large window facing the front of the house, and the curtains were wide open. She started taking her clothes off to change into a bathing suit and I gasped - "Lisa, you're right in front of the window!" (her name's Lisa, too - we're everywhere!). She calmly explained that they have those coatings on the windows that you're talking about, tribdog.

    I couldn't tell there was anything on the glass at all!
     
  12. Sep 1, 2008 #11
    spray a salt water solution on the window and let it crystalize.
     
  13. Sep 1, 2008 #12
    That's it! Thanks for your help.

    @tribdog, I just want some light and a sky. I've got the curtains, but they don't work. I can still see inside with no trouble, and so do they. But the mirror window film looks like it will do.

    EDIT: Actually, the line of automotive window films looks more appropriate. Anyway...
     
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  14. Sep 1, 2008 #13
    do you and lisa do a lot of taking off of clothes around each other? I'd love to come see if your windows are see through while you take off your clothes.
     
  15. Sep 1, 2008 #14

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    Ah trib, dream on. My sister-in-law...now, I love her to death, but if seeing her naked is the highlight of your week, you really need a life :wink: .

    At family reunions, we're about 50 people squished into one or two houses - not a lot of privacy. Besides, we're all family.
     
  16. Sep 1, 2008 #15

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    If you can't find the film, or it doesn't do what you want, a simple set of miniblinds should help too. You should be able to find the right angle to tilt them without closing them to keep the prying eyes out and still let the sunlight in.
     
  17. Sep 1, 2008 #16
    uh...

    Yeah, I haven't found miniblinds that will fit these windows. But I'm happy with film options. I'll also look for the plastic sheets Evo mentioned. What a relief!
     
  18. Sep 1, 2008 #17
    notice where I said I'd like to check your windows when YOU are taking off your clothes.
     
  19. Sep 1, 2008 #18
    I just knew voyeurism was going to creep into this thread. ;P

    Ah, Lowes has it: Privacy window film. 19.5 sq. ft for $16. Cheap!
     
  20. Sep 1, 2008 #19

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    :wink: ah...got it...
     
  21. Sep 1, 2008 #20

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