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Before You Begin

Here’s a general overview with some important points you need to be aware of before you start your project.


Have your Shade measurements and Fastener requirements for all of your windows and skylights. We recommend using the EZ Snap Kit Size Calculator to figure out the most efficient layout before you start cutting your Shade Mesh. Best to measure twice, cut once.

If installing multiple Shades, lay out and cut Shades from the 72 inch tall Shade Mesh included in each kit. Nest your Shades together for the most efficient fit.

Count out Fasteners and mark their locations on window perimeter, making sure you have enough Caps, Pins & Studs.


MAXIMUM 10 inch spacing between Fasteners recommended on most installations. If your shade piece is 25 square feet or larger or you are in high wind area, then MAXIMUM 5 inch spacing.

Adhesive Studs are NOT recommended for wood surfaces. They stick well on surfaces like vinyl, aluminum, and fibreglass. Mounting surface must be minimum 7/8 inch wide, flat, non-textured, and cleaned properly (see Step #3 Clean & Prep Surface, below).

If installing on wood, you need to use the Screw-in Studs. Be careful not to over-tighten screws.

EZ Snap Fastener Parts

All Pins & Caps work with both Adhesive and Screw Studs.

Pins & Caps:
Lock permanently together around perimeter of Shades.

Studs (Adhesive or Screw-in):
Attach permanently around perimeter of window or skylight.


When removing Shades (after installation) please use the EZ Snap Cutting & Removal Tool to gently pry apart the Pins & Studs. This will safely separate the EZ Snaps without putting excess force on the Studs or the Shades.

Your Pins & Caps will remain on the Shades. Studs will remain around windows or skylights… ready for re-installation of Shades, when desired.


EZ Snap Shades are optical grade fabric that won’t hinder your view when looking out your windows. If installed over bug screens, you may see a moray pattern or ‘tiger stripe’ effect.

EZ Snap Shade material will not stretch or fray.

When unrolling Shade Mesh, you will notice it has a natural curl from being rolled up. The fabric should be installed with the corners curling towards the glass, for a more professional look.

Please do not stretch fabric between Pins. If excessive tension is used from Pin to Pin, Adhesive Stud failure may occur. Shades must be installed with little or no tension on the mesh. More like hanging a poster, less like stretching a drum skin.

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Place approximately 12 inches apart on the lens of the skylight.

AirFlo™ Spacers are recommended for all Dome Skylights or Skylights with Plastic Lens.

To use: Place the spacers approximately 12 inches apart or how every many
would be required to keep the mesh from laying on the skylight lens.

Why do we suggest the AirFlo Spacers: Many dome skylights are quality, "Made in America" skylights, but unfortunately there are
a lot of skylights on the market now that are made off-shore. In very hot weather, these poorly made skylight lens can develop crazing or imperfections in the
plastic of the skylight lens. This is caused by an excessive heat build-up in the sub-standard plastic lens.
The AirFlo™ spacers lift the shading mesh off of the lens of the skylight, allowing the excess heat to dissipate.

NOTE: Using AirFlo Spacers will slightly increase the size of the dimensions of the shading mesh you will need.

If you are confident that you have a quality built dome skylight, then these spacers
are probably not necessary for your project, but if you are unsure, better to be safe than sorry.

Outside View Black EZ Snap Shade Screens

OUTSIDE VIEW - BLACK EZ Snap Shade Screens.

INSIDE VIEW - BLACK EZ Snap Shade Screens

Outside View White EZ Snap Shade Screens

OUTSIDE VIEW - WHITE EZ Snap Shade Screens

Inside View White EZ Snap Shade Screens

INSIDE VIEW - WHITE EZ Snap Shade Screens

The Primer Pen is used for applications where it is necessary to increase the surface adhesion of the EZ Snap stud.

Contains a 3M Clear, Colorless primer. Enough to prime the surface area for approximately 50 studs.

To use: Shake the pen well before using.
A gentle squeeze 1″ in from the felt tip, ruptures the inner membrane, allowing the contents to be easily dispensed.
Apply a thin, uniform coating to the bonding surface using the minimum amount that will fully coat the surface.
Dries clear. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying the studs. This takes approximately 5 minutes at room temperature.
Extremely porous surfaces may need a second application for uniform coverage and good adhesion.

TIP: Make a template, cut-out to the same size as the stud.
This prevents wasting primer by only priming the area that the stud will bond to.
**As with all primer type products, test on small area first to ensure it is compatible with surface.