How to Install Window & Skylight Shades

Congratulations on your purchase of EZ Snap Shades.

You have taken the first step in helping reduce your energy consumption, while blocking harmful UV rays, unwanted heat, and glare. It is important to have instructions handy while installing your EZ Snap® Exterior Window Shades.

Please read instructions online, below, or follow this link to print your instructions.

EZ Snap® Installation Instructions

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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. You may want to follow this link to print these instructions so you have them handy while you do your installation.

Planning…

Have your Window Shade measurements and Fastener requirements written down, for all of your windows. Best to measure twice, cut once.

If installing multiple Window 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. Use the grid on Page 8.

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

Fasteners…

MAXIMUM 10 inch spacing between Fasteners recommended on most windows. If your window 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.

Shades…

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.

Step #1: Measuring for House Window Shades

EZ Snap® Window Shades can be fastened to your window frames, window trim/casings, or the siding just beyond your window frames. If none of these options will work for you, Adhesive Fasteners can be installed directly onto the window glass, if necessary.

Covering the whole width of your window trim/casing with Shade Mesh is more forgiving (should you have any crooked cuts) than partially covering your trim/casing. This is especially true if the trim color is a heavily contrasting color to the shading mesh, like black shading mesh over white trim.EZ Snap Window Shade Fastener Placement

Mesh Dimensions in Relation to Fastener Position:

For shading mesh width A, measure from the center of left Fasteners, across glass, to the center of the right Fasteners, and add 1 to 2 inches.

For shading mesh height B, measure from the center of top Fasteners, down across glass, to the center of the bottom Fasteners, and add 1 to 2 inches.

Tips: Distance between the centre of each Pin to the outside edge of the Shade Mesh must be minimum 1/2 inch.

EZ Snap Window Layout AnimationIf installing Shade Mesh on multiple windows, use the “Cookie Cutter” or “Tetris” method to nest your various window sizes into the 72 inch tall Shade Mesh. Windows can be rotated for the most efficient use of the EZ Snap® Shade Mesh with the least amount of waste.

Tip: Measure twice, cut once. We recommend that you print out and complete the measuring guide to figure out the most efficient layout before you start cutting your Shade Mesh.

Step #2: How to Cut Window Shade Fabric

EZ Snap Shade Mesh LayoutUnroll EZ Snap Shade Mesh and lay it flat on a clean surface.

Mark out your measurements on the Shade Fabric using the EZ Snap washable marking pencil (or a regular pencil for light coloured Shades). A straight edge and framing square are helpful for this step.

Next, cutout the window shade you have laid out on fabric using sharp scissors.

Tip: Before cutting, consider alternative layouts to ensure the most efficient use of Shade Fabric.

Step #3 Installing Fasteners: Clean & Prep Surface, Mount Studs & Pins

Most customers prefer using the “No-Drill” EZ Snap® 3M™ Adhesive Fasteners for their Window Shades. Deciding which EZ Snap® Fasteners are best for you depends on the type of window frames you have:

    • Stainless Steel Screw Snaps: Best for wood frames, stucco or siding mounting. Install in any temperature. No surface prep required. Be careful not to over tighten screws.

    • 3M™/Stainless Screw COMBO Snaps: 3M™ adhesive seals around screw hole. Install in any temperature. Surface prep recommended for better adhesive bond. Be careful not to over tighten screws.

    • 3M™ Adhesive Snaps: Installation temperature MUST be at least 15°c /60°F for 72 hours before attaching shades. Surface preparation required.

 

REQUIRED Surface Cleaning & Preparation for 3M Adhesive Studs:

1. Thoroughly clean the area where the studs will be mounted with 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and water to remove any film, dirt or oxidization.

2. 3M recommends using 3M Primer as the final surface prep before mounting studs.
EZ Snap Pins & Studs

3. Remove adhesive backing paper then press into place with a minimum of 15 pounds pressure (in the centre and around the edges) on each Fastener.

4. After 3M studs have been installed, wait a minimum of 60 minutes before you install the shading mesh or 24 hours, ideally.

5. After Studs have been mounted, snap Pins onto Studs.

Tip: For all Fastener types, we recommend MAXIMUM 10 inch spacing on most windows. For windows 25 square feet or larger or in high wind areas, MAXIMUM 5 inch spacing. Install 2 Fasteners on each corner, 1.5 inches back from the corner.

Step #4: Shade Fabric Placement

EZ Snap Shade Mesh on PinsStarting in the top left corner, push Shade Mesh down onto Pins until the Pin punctures through.

Push straight down to avoid bending and snapping off the Pin.

Tip: It is important to push Shade Mesh to the very base of each Pin using the metal end of the EZ Snap Removal Tool. This exposes all of the Pin’s teeth so that the matching interlocking teeth on the Cap can fully lock on.

Move from one pin to the next, working from top to bottom and left to right.

Adjust Shade Mesh on the Pins, as needed, to remove any wrinkles. Pulling Shade Mesh off Pins (to adjust the position) and poking a new hole is OK, if necessary, as long as you have not yet put the cap on the pin.

Tip: Put little or no tension on Shade Mesh. Please do not stretch fabric between Pins.

Placing Shade Mesh is more like hanging a poster, less like stretching a drum skin. If excessive tension is used from Pin to Pin, Adhesive Stud failure may occur.

Step #5: Cap Placement

EZ Snap Caps & PinsPlace Caps over Pins and press down towards the base of the Pin, as far possible.

Tip: You should hear the teeth on the Cap clicking as you press Caps down toward the base of each Pin. Once Pins and Caps are locked together, they should never be taken apart again. Pins and Caps should stay permanently locked onto Shade Mesh.

IMPORTANT: Do not pry apart Caps and Pins. This will permanently damage the Fastener.

Step #6: Care & Usage Tips for Window Shades

EZ Snap® Window Shades are very durable and weatherproof material that does not require any special care. EZ Snap Shade Care & Maintenance

EZ Snap® Window Shades can be cleaned simply with water from a garden hose.

For any dirt that doesn’t easily rinse off, warm soapy water may be used as needed.

Window Shades can stay on year-round or be removed during cooler seasons.

EZ Snap Removal ToolWhen removing your Window Shades, be sure to use the EZ Snap Removal Tool or a small flat screwdriver to separate the Fasteners.

Place the straight blade between the base of the Pin and the Stud, twisting gently, to pop them apart without pulling on the Shades or the Fasteners.

The Stud remains on the mounting surface and the Cap and Pin stay locked onto the shading mesh.

Window Shades should be clean and dry when rolled up for storage.

Shades will maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free appearance longer if you avoid folding or ‘kinking’ the Shade Material.

Customer Support

Call Toll-Free from anywhere in the U.S.A. or Canada to: 1-877-4EZSNAP (1-877-439-7627)

Follow this link for Live Chat.

Or send us your questions & details using the Contact Form.

Call Center Hours:

Monday to Friday – 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Pacific Time)
Closed – Saturday & Sunday and all Statutory Holidays in Canada & the USA

Before You Begin

Here’s a general overview with some important points you need to be aware of before you start your project. You may want to follow this link to print these instructions so you have them handy while you do your installation.

Planning…

Have your skylight measurements written down, for both Shades & Fasteners. Measure twice, cut once.

Where multiple Shades are required, use the “Cookie Cutter” or “Tetris” method to arrange your windows onto the 72 inch tall fabric. Nest your Shades together, rotating 90 degrees, if necessary for the most efficient fit.

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

Fasteners…

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

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

EZ Snap Fastener Parts



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

Pins & Caps:
Attach permanently 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.

Shades…

EZ Snap Shades are optical grade fabric and will not hinder your view when looking out through your windows or skylights. This material will not stretch or fray.

When unrolling the mesh fabric, you will notice 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.

Measuring for Skylight Shades

EZ Snap® Skylight Shades can be fastened to your skylight frames, right beside the skylight glass, or on the vertical outside edge of the skylight frames. If neither of these options will work for you, Adhesive Fasteners can be installed directly onto the skylight glass, if necessary.How to Measure Flat Glass Skylights for Exterior Shades

Mesh Dimensions in relation to the mounting position of the Fasteners:

For shading mesh width A, measure from the center of left Fasteners, across glass, to the center of the right Fasteners, and add 1 to 2 inches.

For shading mesh height B, measure from the center of top Fasteners, down across glass, to the center of the bottom Fasteners, and add 1 to 2 inches.

Tip: Distance between the center of each Pin to the outside edge of the Shade Mesh must be minimum 1/2 inch.

See other styles of skylights on our How to Measure Skylights page here

EZ Snap Window Layout AnimationIf you are installing Shade Mesh on multiple skylights, use the “Cookie Cutter” or “Tetris” method to nest your various skylight sizes into the 6 foot width of the Shade Mesh. Skylight sizes can be rotated for the most efficient use of the EZ Snap® Shade Mesh with the least amount of waste.

Tip: Measure twice, cut once. We recommend that you print out and complete the measuring guide to figure out the most efficient layout before you start cutting your Shade Mesh.

How to Cut Skylight Shade Fabric

EZ Snap Shade Mesh LayoutMethod #1 Cut to Size First:

Unroll EZ Snap Shade Mesh and lay it flat on a clean surface.

Mark out your measurements on the Shade Fabric using the EZ Snap washable marking pencil (or a regular pencil for light coloured Shades). A straight edge and framing square are helpful for this step.

Next, cutout the skylight shade you have laid out on fabric using sharp scissors.

Method #2 Install First, then Cut to Size:

If your Shade Mesh is not too much larger than your skylight, you can install first then trim off extra material later. Since the edges of skylight shades are generally not visible from the ground, trim cuts don’t need to be precise.

Tip: Before cutting, consider alternative layouts to ensure the most efficient use of Shade Fabric.

Installing Fasteners: Studs & Pins

Most customers prefer using the “No-Drill” EZ Snap® 3M™ Adhesive Fasteners for their Skylight Shades. Deciding which EZ Snap® Fasteners are best for you depends on the type of skylight frames you have:

    • Stainless Steel Screw Snaps: Best for wood frames, stucco or siding mounting. Install in any temperature. No surface prep required. Be careful not to over tighten screws.

    • 3M™/Stainless Screw COMBO Snaps: 3M™ adhesive seals around screw hole. Install in any temperature. Surface prep recommended for better adhesive bond. Be careful not to over tighten screws.

    • 3M™ Adhesive Snaps: Installation temperature MUST be at least 15°c /60°F for 72 hours before attaching shades. Surface preparation required.

Surface prep REQUIRED for 3M Adhesive Studs:
1. Thoroughly clean the area where the studs will be mounted with 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and water to remove any film, dirt or oxidization.

2. 3M recommends using 3M Primer as the final surface prep before mounting studs.
EZ Snap Pins & Studs

3. Remove adhesive backing paper then press into place with a minimum of 15 pounds pressure (in the centre and around the edges) on each Fastener.

4. After 3M studs have been installed, wait a minimum of 60 minutes before you install the shading mesh… 24 hours is ideal.

5. After Studs have been mounted, snap Pins onto Studs.

Tip: For all Fastener types, we recommend MAXIMUM 10 inch spacing on most skylights. If your skylight is 25 square feet or larger or you are in a high wind area, then MAXIMUM 5 inch spacing.

Shade Fabric Placement

EZ Snap Shade Mesh on PinsStarting in the top left corner, push Shade Mesh down onto Pins until the Pin punctures through.

Push straight down to avoid bending and snapping off the Pin.

Tip: It is important to push Shade Mesh to the very base of each Pin using the metal end of the EZ Snap Removal Tool. This exposes all of the Pin’s teeth so that the matching interlocking teeth on the Cap can fully lock on.

Move from one pin to the next, working from top to bottom and left to right.

Adjust Shade Mesh on the Pins, as needed, to remove any wrinkles. Pulling Shade Mesh off Pins (to adjust the position) and poking a new hole is OK, if necessary, as long as you have not yet put the cap on the pin.

Tip: Put little or no tension on Shade Mesh. Placing Shade Mesh is more like hanging a poster, less like stretching a drum skin. If excessive tension is used from Pin to Pin, Adhesive Stud failure may occur. Please do not stretch fabric between Pins.

Cap Placement

EZ Snap Caps & PinsPlace Caps over Pins and press down towards the base of the Pin, as far possible.

Tip: You should hear the teeth on the Cap clicking as you press Caps down toward the base of each Pin. Once Pins and Caps are locked together, they should never be taken apart again. Pins and Caps should stay permanently locked onto Shade Mesh.

To remove Shades (after installation) please use the EZ Snap Cutting & Removal Tool to unsnap the Shades from the Studs. Insert the metal tip on the removal tool between the Stud and the base of the Pin. Twist the tool gently pry the Pin away from the Stud. This will safely separate the EZ Snap Fasteners, without putting excess force on the Studs or the Shades.

IMPORTANT: Do not pry apart Caps and Pins. This will permanently damage the Fastener.

Care & Usage Tips for Skylight Shades

EZ Snap® Skylight Shades are very durable and weatherproof material that does not require any special care. EZ Snap Shade Care & MaintenanceEZ Snap® Skylilght Shades can be cleaned simply with water from a garden hose. For any dirt that doesn’t easily rinse off, warm soapy water may be used as needed.

Skylight Shades can stay on year-round or be removed during cooler seasons.

EZ Snap Removal ToolWhen removing your Skylight Shades, be sure to use the EZ Snap Removal Tool or a small flat screwdriver to separate the Fasteners. Place the straight blade between the base of the Pin and the Stud, twisting gently, to pop them apart without pulling on the Shades or the Fasteners.

The Stud remains on the mounting surface and the Cap and Pin stay locked onto the shading mesh.

Skylight Shades should be clean and dry when rolled up for storage.

Shades will maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free appearance longer if you avoid folding or ‘kinking’ the Shade Material.

Customer Support

Call Toll-Free from anywhere in the U.S.A. or Canada to: 1-877-4EZSNAP (1-877-439-7627)

Follow this link for Live Chat.

Or send us your questions & details using the Contact Form.

Call Center Hours:

Monday to Friday – 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Pacific Time)
Closed – Saturday & Sunday and all Statutory Holidays in Canada & the USA

How do EZ Snap® RV Window Shades work?
Installing EZ Snap® exterior Window Shades on your RV blocks the heat from the sun, before it enters the window. The magic happens by stopping the heat on the outside of the RV, not on the inside. EZ Snap’s patented do-it-yourself system offers professional looking solar shades for your RV, without drilling or screws. EZ Snap® exterior RV shades are up to 7 times more effective than traditional interior RV window treatments such as roller shades, pleated shades,  blackout shades, reflective sun shade material or RV quick shades. According to the U.S Dept of Energy. EZ Snap® RV Window Shades increase summer comfort inside your RV and help to reduce the amount of energy required for air conditioning. The proprietary EZ Snap® shading mesh is an optical grade so it “Blocks the Heat, Not the View”  You will find more useful information on our RV Window Shades page here
How to measure your RV for Window Shades?
Exterior Window Shades are ideally fastened to the side of your RV (just beyond the edge of the window frame). Shades can also be mounted directly onto the window glass, if necessary. When measuring your windows, go from the centre of the Fastener position on the left, across the window, to the centre of the Fastener position on the right, and add 2 inches. Repeat, measuring from the Fastener position on the top, down across the window, to the Fastener position on the bottom, and add 2 inches. If ordering Shade Mesh for 1 window, take the height and width of that window, then select the right kit from our online store here… Note: Window Shade Kits sizes are all 6 feet in one direction and the length of the kit in the other direction. For example: a 3 Foot Kit is 6 by 3 feet; a 5 Foot Kit is 6 by 5 feet; a 20 Foot Kit is 6 by 20 feet. If ordering Shade Mesh for multiple windows, use the “Cookie Cutter” method to nest your various window sizes into the 6 foot width of the Shade Mesh. This method provides the most efficient use of the EZ Snap® Shade Mesh with the least amount of waste. For example: two 3 by 5 foot windows could fit in one 5 foot kit. The number of Fasteners required will be determined by the size of your windows and wether or not you are in a High Wind area.  Fastener spacing is maximum 10 inches unless your windows are over 25 square feet or if you are in a High Wind area, then maximum spacing drops to a 5 inch spacing between fasteners. Tip: We recommend that you print our measuring guide and fill it in to figure out which kit you need. Your completed guide will also be helpful when it’s time to cut your Shade Mesh to fit your RV windows and skylights. When covering multiple windows and skylights, it’s important to use the washable layout pencil to mark your layout on the Shade Mesh before you start cutting. Measure twice, cut once.
Which snap fasteners are best for my project?

Generally speaking, most customers prefer using the EZ Snap® 3M™ Adhesive Fasteners for their RV Shades. “No Holes to Drill, No Screws Required”. NOTE: If your RV window is 25 square feet or larger or you are in a high wind area, then use a maximum 5 inch spacing. If not, the standard spacing for 3M Adhesive Fasteners is a Maximum 10″ spacing.

  • Stainless Steel Screw Snaps: Maximum 10 inch spacing | Shiny silver in color | Self-tapping screws. ( Install in any temperature | No Surface Prep required )
  • 3M™/Stainless Screw COMBO Snaps: Maximum 10 inch spacing | 4 stud color available to match your mounting surface color | Self-tapping screws | 3M™ adhesive seals around screw hole. ( Install in any temperature | Surface Prep not required, but recommended for better adhesive bond )
  • 3M™ Adhesive Snaps: Maximum 5 inch spacing | No-drill, no-screw option | 4 stud color available to match your mounting surface color. ( Installation temperature MUST be at least 15°c /60°f  for 72 hours before attaching shades )

You will find more useful information on the EZ Snap® Fastener page here

How much do RV Shades cost?
EZ Snap® RV Window Shade prices vary, depending on the size of the windows and fastener type you choose. The length and height of RV Shades needed, along with the number of Fasteners selected, will determine your cost. All the RV Window Shade Kit sizes and prices are listed in our secure online store. If you don’t know what size kit you need for your RV windows and skylights, please see ‘How to measure your RV for Window Shades’ above.
How to install RV Shades?
EZ Snap® Window Shades are installed on the outside of your RV windows and can be fastened to the side of your RV (just beyond the edge of the window) or directly onto the window glass. Using the EZ Snap® RV Shade and Fastening System requires no special tools or experience. Watch the ‘Installing EZ Snap RV Shades’ video here for a quick lesson on how it’s done. If you have questions regarding installation, our friendly staff are available to help you out via online chat, email or toll-free phone support. Contact us here with your questions
Care & Usage Tips for RV Shades
EZ Snap® RV Shades are very durable and weatherproof material that does not require any special care. EZ Snap® RV Shades can be cleaned simply with water from a garden hose. For any dirt that doesn’t easily rinse off, warm soapy water may be used as needed. RV Shades must be removed before travel because highway speed wind whip may prematurely wear out the fabric. Also, if a Shade were to detach during travel, it could be lost. Even worse, the flying shade could land on the windshield of the car behind you (possible liability). When removing your RV Shades, be sure to use the EZ Snap Removal Tool or a small flat blade screwdriver to separate the Fasteners. Place the straight blade between the base of the Pin and the Stud, twisting gently, to pop them apart without pulling on the Shades or the Fasteners. The stud remains on the RV and the Cap and Pin stay locked onto the shading mesh. RV Shades should be clean and dry when rolled up for storage. Shades will maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free appearance longer if folding or ‘kinking’ the Shade Material is avoided.
Life Expectancy
With thousands of applications in Sun-Belt states, EZ Snap Shade Mesh has proven it is able to maintain its shading coefficient for a life expectancy of 10+ years.
How do EZ Snap® Yacht Window Shades work?
Installing EZ Snap® exterior Window Shades on your boat or yacht, blocks the heat from the sun, before it enters the window. The magic happens by stopping the heat on the outside of the yacht, not on the inside. EZ Snap’s patented do-it-yourself system offers professional looking solar shades for your boat, without drilling or screws. EZ Snap® exterior yacht shades are up to 7 times more effective than traditional interior boat window treatments such as roller shades, pleated shades,  blackout shades, reflective sun shade material or RV quick shades. According to the U.S Dept of Energy. EZ Snap® Yacht Window Shades increase summer comfort inside your boat and help to reduce the amount of energy required for air conditioning. The proprietary EZ Snap® shading mesh is an optical grade so it “Blocks the Heat, Not the View” . This is great when you are moored in the marina. You will find more useful information on the Yacht Shades page here
How to measure your yacht or boat for Window Shades?
Exterior yacht Shades are ideally fastened to the side of your boat (just beyond the edge of the window frame). Shades can also be mounted directly onto the window glass, if necessary. When measuring your windows, go from the centre of the Fastener position on the left, across the window, to the centre of the Fastener position on the right, and add 2 inches. Repeat, measuring from the Fastener position on the top, down across the window, to the Fastener position on the bottom, and add 2 inches. If ordering Shade Mesh for 1 window, take the height and width of that window, then select the right kit from our online store here… Note: Yacht Shade Kits sizes are all 6 feet in one direction and the length of the kit in the other direction. For example: a 3 Foot Kit is 6 by 3 feet; a 5 Foot Kit is 6 by 5 feet; a 20 Foot Kit is 6 by 20 feet. If ordering Shade Mesh for multiple windows, use the “Cookie Cutter” method to nest your various window sizes into the 6 foot width of the Shade Mesh. This method provides the most efficient use of the EZ Snap® Shade Mesh with the least amount of waste. For example: two 3 by 5 foot windows could fit in one 5 foot kit. The number of Fasteners required will be determined by the size of your windows and whether or not you are in a High Wind area.  Fastener spacing is maximum 10 inches unless your windows are over 25 square feet or if you are in a High Wind area, then maximum spacing drops to a 5 inch spacing between fasteners. Tip: We recommend that you print our measuring guide and fill it in to figure out which kit you need. Your completed guide will also be helpful when it’s time to cut your Shade Mesh to fit your Yacht windows. When covering multiple windows, it’s important to use the washable layout pencil to mark your layout on the Shade Mesh before you start cutting. Measure twice, cut once. You will find more useful information on the Yacht Shades page here
Which snap fasteners are best for my project?

Generally speaking, most customers prefer using the EZ Snap® 3M™ Adhesive Fasteners for their yacht Shades. “No Holes to Drill, No Screws Required”. NOTE: If your boat window is 25 square feet or larger or you are in a high wind area, then use a maximum 5 inch spacing. If not, the standard spacing for 3M Adhesive Fasteners is a Maximum 10″ spacing.

  • Stainless Steel Screw Snaps:  Shiny silver in color | Self-tapping screws. ( Install in any temperature | No Surface Prep required )
  • 3M™/Stainless Screw COMBO Snaps: 4 stud color available to match your mounting surface color | Self-tapping screws | 3M™ adhesive seals around screw hole. ( Install in any temperature | Surface Prep not required, but recommended for better adhesive bond )
  • 3M™ Adhesive Snaps: No-drill, no-screw option | 4 stud color available to match your mounting surface color. ( Installation temperature MUST be at least 15°c /60°f  for 72 hours before attaching shades )

You will find more useful information on the EZ Snap® Fastener page here

How much do EZ Snap® Yacht Shades cost?
EZ Snap® Yacht Window Shade prices vary, depending on the size of the windows and fastener type you choose. The length and height of boat Shades needed, along with the number of Fasteners selected, will determine your cost. All the Yacht Window Shade Kit sizes and prices are listed in our secure online store. If you don’t know what size kit you need for your boats windows, please see ‘How to measure your boat for Window Shades’ above.
How to install Exterior Yacht Shades?
EZ Snap® yacht Shades are installed on the outside of your vessels windows and can be fastened to the side of your boat (just beyond the edge of the window) or directly onto the window glass. Using the EZ Snap® yacht Shade and Fastening System requires no special tools or experience. If you have questions regarding installation, our friendly staff are available to help you out via online chat, email or toll-free phone support. Contact us here with your questions
Care & Usage of your Yacht shades.
EZ Snap® Yacht Shades and blinds are very durable and weatherproof material that does not require any special care. EZ Snap® boat Shades can be cleaned simply with water from a garden hose. For any dirt that doesn’t easily rinse off, warm soapy water may be used as needed. Yacht Shades should be removed from the vessel before travel. If a Shade were to detach during travel, it could be lost. Even worse, the shade could impair your vision enough to cause an accident (possible liability). When removing your RV Shades, be sure to use the EZ Snap Removal Tool or a small flat blade screwdriver to separate the Fasteners. Place the straight blade between the base of the Pin and the Stud, twisting gently, to pop them apart without pulling on the Shades or the Fasteners. The stud remains on the RV and the Cap and Pin stay locked onto the shading mesh. Boat Shades should be clean and dry when rolled up for storage. Shades will maintain their smooth, wrinkle-free appearance longer if folding or ‘kinking’ the Shade Material is avoided.
Life Expectancy
With thousands of applications in Sun-Belt states, EZ Snap Shade Mesh has proven it is able to maintain its shading coefficient for a life expectancy of 10+ years. You will find more useful information on the Yacht Shades page here