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Sun shade, which side faces out? #4800374 06/29/18 07:37 AM
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Hello folks,

I am not trolling, a serious question.

I have a cheap $10 sunshade, both sides are silver in color but one side is flat like Aluminum foil and another side is creasy/wavy/not smooth and fluffy in the material. So which side should I face out?

I have tried both and I do not 'feel' the difference, so not too sure if there is any standard for this or put the way you like.

Many thanks

Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800376 06/29/18 07:38 AM
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Shiny side out.


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Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800427 06/29/18 08:34 AM
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Both sides are shiny, flat Aluminum side or creasy fluffy side?

Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800440 06/29/18 08:45 AM
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Can you post a pic? Aluminum side out, fluffy side inside...would be my guess without pic.


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Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800477 06/29/18 09:20 AM
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The side that was out when new is the side that goes out. Probably doesn't make that much difference.

Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800507 06/29/18 09:55 AM
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most shiny, reflective surface out. You're trying to reflect the sun rays out of your interior, the insides are going to get hot still regardless.


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Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800533 06/29/18 10:33 AM
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My son bought me a Star Wars sun shade. One side is dimpled and the other side is smooth(er) has an image with Luke, Obi-Wan, and so on. Only makes sense that the image side is out.

Re: Sun shade, which side faces out? [Re: MoneyJohn] #4800554 06/29/18 11:13 AM
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it probably doesnt matter if its cheap.

The reflectivity of dimpled vs smooth is inconsequential if they are both foil. The dimpled may be less of a hazard as it disperses the reflected light though.

On more expensive shades, he fluffier dimpled side goes out, because the dimples are due to a thin layer of foam insulation. (it is still foiled).
So it goes dimpled foil-> foam-> backing->smooth.

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if both sides are shiny, I don't think it really matters. The most reflective side would probably be best, but I doubt anything significant .
Just having anything in the window will reduce the heat inside the vehicle.


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Smooth side where it might collect the most dirt, dust, fade / sun.. Keep the fluffy side where the least amount of maintenance will occur.


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