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    Question Best way to mount an LCD to car window?

    Hi Guys

    I've had a quick search and can't find anything like what I'm looking for.

    Basically I've just started my own company so I'm trying to be creative with my advertising. I have an 8" LCD that I would like to mount to my side-rear window so when I am parked up at a customers premises, people walking past my car will see it and hopefully have a good look at the slideshow/video that will be playing. I will start off with saying that in this area there are very few crimes involving thefts from vehicles so I don't think that will be anything to worry about, you can walk along any road around here and see sat navs left in windows, ipods, even the occasional laptops inside unattended cars.

    My thoughts at the moment are to use an old ipod touch or smartphone as a video source for the screen as it is low powered and I can leave it running for several hours without it discharging the vehicle battery too much (the source will be hidden either in the dash or out of site elsewhere).

    I would be interested to hear peoples recommendations on how to mount the screen to the glass window and still have it look fairly decent. I have seen aluminum lcd bezels such as this which I think would be great if I got it laser etched with the company logo and contact details but still that leaves the problem of how to mount it to the window. Would 4 suction mounts be strong enough to hold the screen when driving or would it fall off? Or maybe is there some kind of self-adhesive strips that look nice or a type of glue that wouldn't show from the outside?

    Any advice appreciated.

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    I don't think that will be anything to worry about, you can walk along any road around here and see sat navs left in windows, ipods, even the occasional laptops inside unattended cars.

    Where did you say you lived? lol j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfxwave View Post
    Where did you say you lived? lol j/k
    thats what i thought at first


    it depends on the temps in the area-- when it gets really cold here in the midwest, the gps in my work truck doesn't like to hold to the window as well with the suction cup mount, so this might not be the best option, but, in most cases, suction cups would hold fine..

    the next thought i had was velcro-- but that has a tendency to suddenly pull apart...

    i think some mechanical latches/hangers would be your best option for supporting the weight of the screen, but velcro, or suction cups would still work great for holding the bottom of the screen to the glass.


    another better super cheap option for the screen-- one of those lcd picture frames. many are really cheap, and i believe some will even play movies..

    this would be better then a standard screen+ video player device because it would mean less things to get broken/stolen/or to fail..

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    lol @ jfxwave

    Thanks for your thoughts soundman98, I'm thinking suction cups at the moment, maybe one large cup on each corner of the screen and I can make up a nice looking frame to hold it. I've never really had much luck with velcro, all the velcro I have used in the past has failed to stick to anything so I've ended up having to use hot-melt glue to attach it which I would like to stay away from if possible but if I do find some decent stuff I will give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    thats what i thought at first


    it depends on the temps in the area-- when it gets really cold here in the midwest, the gps in my work truck doesn't like to hold to the window as well with the suction cup mount, so this might not be the best option, but, in most cases, suction cups would hold fine..
    I used to use a GPS using suction cups but unlike soundman98 im on the other side, it gets to damn hot down here and the suction cup gets so soft it falls off.

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    Temperatures here in the UK are generally cold, usually between 5-20c which seems fine for my gps and phone mounts so I'll give it a go. Decided to use an old ipod touch as a video source so that solves that problem too.

    Cheers for all the help

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    They sell automotive-grade velcro at auto parts stores that has a stronger adhesive than the standard stuff. It's designed for sticking to slick, shiny plastic dashboard pieces. I used it a while back to hold a 7" Xenarc monitor and it worked pretty well. I didn't try it on glass but if you let that side of the velcro "cure" to the glass for 24 hours or so before using then it might work. I think it's the temperature extremes that get you.

    I have to agree with the LCD picture frame idea, though. Convert your slide show to a movie or JPEG's, stick it on a memory card, and you're done. Plus I think they would be a less desirable target for thieves, would be a lot easier to set up, and cost less money.
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    Thanks Zogg, never knew they made different grades of it, I can't say I've really looked though I just assumed it was all the same.

    I'm tempted with the photo frames too. I'm using Keynote on a mac (equivalent to Powerpoint) to make a presentation and it has an option to export it as jpegs or a movie which would be perfect.

    I'm thinking a photoframe would be much lighter weight than a normal screen too so that would help with making it stay stuck to the window. At the moment I was just cobbling together something from the bits I've got laying around but next time I've got some spare cash I'll invest in a couple of photoframes.

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    I don't know about the picture frame. Do you live in a sunny area? If so, it may wash out....

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    hi whats77inaname, i should have clarified I meant a digital photo frame like this

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