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    Blackout Blinds: Casstyle vs Shy Zipscreen vs Hunter Douglas

    I'm finally getting serious about putting a roller-style blackout blind over a large window adjacent to my darkroom. I found three devices that look like they would work. The difficulty now will be trying to purchase it. Like many things on the internet, a pretty picture and or a PDF brochure can be a far cry from actually obtaining the product. Even with cash at hand. Does anyone have any experience with any of these products, or know of another product?

    Shy.co.uk
    Farnboorough Blinds UK
    Decora Blind Systems UK
    Hunter Douglas USA
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    Shy.co.uk
    This UK based company makes a nice roller blind with a 'zipper' on the edges of the blind. The zipper fits in a track that fits in a metal channel which slides up and down the sides. This looks like the best one out there. I'm waiting to hear from them to see if they ship to the USA.

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    Farnborough Blind Co. UK

    Again this looks like an excellent solution. They handle the Casstyle brand of shade. However, it is also UK based. I'm waiting to hear from them about USA shipping.

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    Decora Blind Systems UK

    Similar to the others and likewise, waiting to hear about USA shipping.

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    Last on the list is the USA based Hunter Douglas. Although USA based, they are the most difficult to obtain any information from.

    For example in the link above, the picture does not show a proper blackout blind. However, by scanning the link to their PDF file on the RB500 system, I located a mechanical drawing of a proper blind system, the RB500 5-51. However, there is no other mention of that product on the website, so it is a mystery if it is actually available.

    I have an e-mail out to them, not asking if they ship to the USA, but to see if the products are actually available for purchase. There is no ordering or purchase information on the site.

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    Hi ic-racer,

    In addition to my curtains, my windows are blocked out with removable plywood. I nailed up a furring strip above the wall window and set an aluminum channel below to hold a 1/4-in plywood panel. Thursday I "daylighted" my darkroom because the weather was nice and I needed the cheer. This morning I put the panels back and loaded some film.

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    Followup on this thread. I just ordered a total blackout blind system with side channels, bottom channel seal and light-tight upper cassette from www.seesawusa.com This is a USA company that was very easy to deal with and will be shipping all the components straight to me for only $40 postage.

    The other companies mentioned either were not interested in selling their product or did not respond to my inquiry. Shy UK did respond with a nice quote but wanted me to arrange shipping from the UK, which I thought was strange, but maybe that is the way they do things across the lake.

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    Hello,

    Which product did you choose from SeeSawUSA? I am always on the look-out for black-out systems. I have bought some El-Cheapo ones from IKEA (made in Poland, but discontinued). The product seems fine, although I have not installed them yet. They don't have the fancy side tracks, etc.

    If the British supplier is not used to shipping overseas, they are probably rather reluctant to quote a shipping price, since the shipping to North America is often quite dear and wide ranging in price. I am located in Canada.

    Thanks.

    Cheers,
    Clarence

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    IKEA - yuk, European trrailer house furniture.

    http://www.missouritrailertrash.com/page7.htm

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    Blinds

    Try this:-

    http://www.richards.uk.com/decora.htm

    I have 2 of these which work well.

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