09-26-2010, 02:05 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2004
DIY Visor Repair
If you've been stung by your visor coming apart (and you know who you are if you've experienced this), this may work for you.
Its been a while since I did this, but I figured I would post in case anyone else wanted to go this route. If you or someone you know is mechanically inclined, have a couple of spare hours, you'll spend less than $15. Relevant photos attached
First I detached the visor from its mounting location, loosening the two screws. Then, taking care with the wiring, I disconnected the electrical connector.
There are probably many ways to DIY repair the visor. I went to a big-box hardware store and purchased some 1/16" x 3/4" flat aluminum stock.
Your measurements will vary, but you will need to measure, cut, and sand the edges smooth a length of the aluminum stock that will snugly wrap around the clamped visor in the position roughly shown in the last photo. I kept the visor squeezed back into place using some small clamps. I also put pieces of paper towels between the clamps and the visor surfaces to minimize scratches or other marks.
Bending the aluminum to fit may be a bit of trial and error. But when you get the piece to snuggly slip over the clamped visor, in the proper shape, you can use a suitable epoxy along the edges of the aluminum stock to keep it in place. I smeared a little on the flat aluminum surfaces contacting the visor also. Give a day to set, or whatever the epoxy directions say, before taking the clamps off.
Once that was done, I went to Wal-Mart and found a flat machine-gray paint that very closely matched the visor. I masked off the areas with the holes, the inside of the mirror compartment, and the electrical connector (spray the visor with the mirror flip-door closed). I hung the whole visor assembly by a string and sprayed it. I even sprayed over the silly warning sticker, so the visor has a clean uncluttered appearance. If you want to keep the sticker, mask it off.
Its been about 2 1/2 years, and its as firm as ever, with no cracking. YMMV. I did take it down again recently to repaint over some minor scratches I experienced unrelated to the repair. But mechanically, this was the permanent fix for me.
Last edited by RotaryJeff; 09-26-2010 at 02:10 PM.