Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA, USA
Helmet visor sun shade
I know there is a retail product out there if you're willing to throw money at the solution, but I have decided to go the cheap route. There are several local window tinting shops around here who are more than happy to toss you some of their scraps - all you need is a piece about 11" x 2", then cut to fit the inside of your face shield.
Not only am I going to slap one of these on my clear shield (for those dawn/dusk trips), but on my dark smoke shield as well - there are many times where the direct sun is a bit strong even for the standard tint of the dark smoke.
To fit my Arai helmet (with brow vents), I created my own paper template for cutting out the window film - see attached PDF. If your visor doesn't have brow vents, you can just extend the lines a bit by hand.
1. Clean inside of shield.
2. In a bowl, mix a cup or two of water with a healthy squirt of dish soap.
3. Cut the window film to approximate size, tape to the template (backing side up).
4. Use an exacto knife to trim to shape.
5. Peel off the backing and dunk the film in the soap mix (keep track of which side is the sticky side).
6. Position the film to the inside of the shield. This might be easier if you do this while the shield is on the helmet, in the closed position. The soap/water residue will easily permit precise positioning of the film by sliding it into place. Be careful to keep the top edge of the film far enough away from the rubber seal on the helmet so the film doesn't tend to get caught up on the rubber seal when the shield is opened.
7. Smooth any air bubbles out with your fingers.
8. Using a soft towel, gently smooth the film out, from the center outward. Use repeated strokes with increasing pressure, taking care not to slide the film out of position.
9. Wipe excess water/soap off the shield with the towel.
10. Shield is ready for careful use immediately; full "curing" will be complete the next day.
Once you've cut the film to shape, the whole process of applying the film to the shield takes about a minute or two.
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