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Improving the viewability of the outside TV.

 

One of the major selling points for our RV was the outdoor entertainment system... at least for me (can't say about the wife). Unfortunately, it has been all but unuseable, due to the glare that affects the TV. Consequently, we have maybe used the outside TV once in the year we have owned the RV.

The obvious solution is to purchase a daylight viewable TV, but they are expensive - around $2k for a 29in model... way more than I want to spend. so the second choice is to try a glare screen.

The screen I selected was from a company called Glarestopper.Com. It was the most reasonable screen I could find at about $45. As well, I could not find a rigid glare screen for anything less than a 32" TV.

Glarestopper claims a 90% reduction in glare so I was pretty excited.

To install the glare screen, you must doubly - tripley (is that a word?) ensure there is no dust on the screen. So that means taking the TV out of the RV and putting it on the workbench. And even with cleaning the screen with a purpose-made cleaner, I couldn't quite stop the dust.

You will have an issue with bubbles, so much so that it will be impossible to get rid of all of them. You can minimize the bubbles with the application technique (as well as a dust-free screen), but you will still get some. The screen does come with a squeege that does help to remove the bubbles. Honestly though, a few small bubbles are not noticeable. And Glarescreen says the bubbles should disappear over time - we shall see.

I found that the technique has a lot to do with getting rid of the bubbles. I started at one corner, and using a diagonal motion with the squeegie, flattened out the bubbles as I layed down the screen. This technique reminds me of the Olympic sport of Curling with those people using the brooms ahead of the stone. If you use that technique, you will have the most success I think.

Another thing we did to minimize dust (after cleaning the screen) is to use a can of compressed air to blow across the surface of the TV as we applied the screen - that kept the dust out as much as we could.

The initial results are encouraging as the TV did seem to be a lot more viewable. But if it doesn't work, oh-well, we are out camping afterall, why do we need 3 TVs?

 


Project video.

 

References:

Glarestopper Website
Skyview.com Get your $2K daylight TV here.

 

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Last reviewed and/or updated June 16, 2017