If you ride a motorbike regularly, you’ll know that helmet visors get pretty dirty. Most people just use bog-roll, clean water and elbow grease to get their visors looking lovely. But, then came along the V2 sponge! It’s pretty much just an extremely fine wet sanding sponge, and it works amazingly. I used it on my tinted visor and it cut through the flies and crap like it was butter! Then same my clear visor; used the sponge, not a single bug on it, looks good! When I tried to clean off the water, I noticed that it had scratched the entire surface! It was not impossible to see through it!
After finding out that it is £29 for a new visor, I decided to try and find an alternative to buying one. I had the bright idea of using an electric polisher, or some more extremely fine sand-paper, but these would probably make it worse. I decided that eBay might hold the key to my success, so after a few searches for things like “plastic repair” and “fix plastic scratches” I came across plastic aquarium repair polish:
As I didn’t really have anything to lose, because if I didn’t repair it I would be buying a new visor anyway, I decided to give it a go. It was only a couple of quid and seemed like I would get results fairly quickly! Here’s a couple of pictures of my visor before I gave the aquarium repairer a go:
Not so awesome! (and yes, that’s a custom paint job on the mouse!)
The instructions on the packet were a bit short and to the point, but I gave them a go. After having little success (it was working, but only in small patches after I had treated the whole thing) I decided to make my own method. Here’s a quick run-down of what I did to get the results you can see below:
- Clean the front of the visor properly (water and bog roll!). You’ve probably cleaned the polished surface off, but it cant hurt to give it another wipe!
- Find the smooth sides of the cloths and lay them smooth-side-up. The instructions say to only polish with the smooth side, and it worked well for me!
- Squeeze a small amount (small pea size) of the polish out onto the smooth side of one of the cloths (the other one will be your ‘clean’ cloth for buffing).
- In circular motions, (This is important, even at the edges. Straight strokes don’t work for some reason!) rub the polish into the visor, small areas at a time. Use reasonable force.
- Once you have used all the polish that you put on your ‘dirty’ cloth (it soaks in/evaporates) use the other ‘clean’ cloth to buff it. (It should come up clean!)
- Repeat the above 3 steps for the rest of the visor. In hard to reach areas (like by the opening tab) apply the polish directly to the visor instead of onto the cloth.
Then you should have something like this:
I stuck some Cat-Crap anti-fog stuff on it too and I’m pretty happy with the results! 🙂
Let me know what you think, or if you had similar results, in the comments!