A warn out car visor can be an eye sore, especially if you are driving around in a classic car. New visors for your classic could cost a lot of money. Money that may be needed to keep the car running, But there are ways to make your visor look as good as new, Just follow these simple steps.
The first thing you want to do when you are repairing your vehicle’s sun visor is look at its condition. Look at how it connects to your vehicle, there is probably a plastic plate with screws that holds in in place. These things can become brittle with age, and are best not touched. If you do have to touch it be careful as you could destroy it, and they can seldom be repaired or replaced without buying a whole new sun visor.
If the fabric is not ripped, just stained and warn, you might try cleaning it. Simply take some water and detergent and gently scrub the outside of the visors. Be careful not to soak the visors in to much water as they might not dry quickly and mold can grow inside them. If the visors are white, or you don’t mind it if they fade in a tiny bit you can put on some plastic gloves on and clean it with a bleach and water solution. This will kill and mold that may be spotting the visor and leave it fresh and clean. If this still does not work you will probably have to replace the fabric on the visors.
If your Visors did clean up well, but have a small tear, rip, or perhaps just a popped seam, you can try to repair it with either a vinyl leather repair kit, or with a needle and thread. Choose thread that matches the color of your visor, or if you wish to see the repair for some reason a complimentary color that looks nice and gently hand stitch the tear or popped seem. If the visor continues to rip as you try to repair it you might have to give up your venture and just recover.
If you decide to recover your Sun visors all together, choose a fabric that is stretch and looks nice in your vehicle’s interior. The stretchy fabric will allow for the material to contract once you have sown it in place, creating a taught and professional look. Once you have chosen your fabric, cut the old visors fabric off and use it as a pattern for your new fabric. Remember its always better to have a little extra and trim later, then to not have enough the first time. Once you have cut your new fabric into the shape of your visors look at any padding you have from the original visor, if it needs to be replaced find a similar substance and replace it with that, Remember you do not have to be exact, as your new visors will be customer build and not factory original. Once you have your foam or other substance in place put your new visor in place and gently hand sew it to the frame. Puling it taught as you go. This will contract when you’re done for a lovely finish, If you are unhappy with it, simply pop the seam and try again.