Can sun visors be restored?

For those who obsess about exactly how their 356 left the factory!
Post Reply
Message
Author
David Austin
356 Fan
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:55 pm

Can sun visors be restored?

#1 Post by David Austin » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:58 am

I have a pair of what I think are original 1958 356A Cab sun visors.

The original padding has disintegrated, can this be restored?

Does anyone know someone who can?

User avatar
Mike Wilson
356 Fan
Posts: 4488
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:37 pm
Location: SW Los Angeles

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:38 am

Jack Arct (R.I.P) used to restore them. I know there was a very old thread about restoring them. It basically involved cutting the cover on the seam, installing new foam and using Super Glue to reseal the seam. If the cover is discolored, Krylon eggshell white spray paint was suggested.

Mike
Mike Wilson
Lomita, CA
'63 B coupe

David Austin
356 Fan
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:55 pm

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#3 Post by David Austin » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:13 pm

Thanks Mike, if no specialist turns up I will give it a go.

User avatar
Mike Wilson
356 Fan
Posts: 4488
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:37 pm
Location: SW Los Angeles

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#4 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:28 pm

You might check with an upholstery shop like Autos International or K & H Upholstery in Garden Grove, CA. You'll have to weigh restoration cost vs. repros.

Mike
Mike Wilson
Lomita, CA
'63 B coupe

User avatar
Dave Wildrick
356 Fan
Posts: 1777
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:10 pm
Location: Houston, TX

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#5 Post by Dave Wildrick » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:27 pm

Here's a blast from the past on visor restoration (not sure who Bob is):

[Subject: Re: [356Talk] Visor restoration
To: 356Talk@356registry.org
Message-ID: <OFB5FC1602.20F90DF3-ON85256E02.00661DE6@nsc.com>
From: "Glenn Hill" <Glenn.Hill@nsc.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 13:36:20 -0500
Thanks everyone for the replies! Can't wait to give it a try.
Glenn Hill
Portland, Maine
'61 Coupe
I have done this several times with 100% success. Split between the hinges with xacto knife (pull outward) stuff as needed (sandwich new foam to hide wire frame) Re-assemble with Wonderbond liquid super glue. One dot at a time to have a chance to follow alignment of new knife cut. It is easy!! you will laugh while doing it cause it is so easy!! Works best if you split the factory seam in the middle so that when re-gluing you have a nice flat cut to put the glue on. Take your time!!!! steady wins the race. Good luck!
Happy holidays Bob]

A slightly later post of which dye to use--from Tim Herman:
[May 7, 2008:
Here is the best color matching and durable, performing product we have found in 35+ years experience for visor color restoration:
SEM
Flexible Coating
Part #17033
SEM Color: Light Parchment

We get it at NAPA
--Tim Herman]
Dave Wildrick
Houston, TX
#10230
64C coupe
65C coupe

David Austin
356 Fan
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:55 pm

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#6 Post by David Austin » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:56 pm

Well found Dave ! Looks like a bit of DIY for me. Thank you.

User avatar
Paul Hatfield
356 Registry Member
Posts: 810
Joined: Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:46 pm
Location: Washington State
Contact:

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#7 Post by Paul Hatfield » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:13 pm

I have done it before. I went very very slow, and I changed out the razor blade about 3 times when making the slice down the center of the seam. You can use the old padding as a pattern for the new foam that you cut to put back in. Logic will tell you not to cut the entire outer seam. Only cut enough to get out the old and slide in the new. On re-assembly, don't overdue it at all with the glue. Use a toothpick or similar. Good luck!
Paul Hatfield
"Miss April"
http://www.enginesinback.com

User avatar
Doug McDonnell
356 Fan
Posts: 3645
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:21 am
Location: Augusta,Michigan

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#8 Post by Doug McDonnell » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:36 pm

http://forum.porsche356registry.org/vie ... =1&t=27748 Good discussion and pictures in the link.
1965 356C There is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

David Austin
356 Fan
Posts: 31
Joined: Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:55 pm

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#9 Post by David Austin » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:55 am

Doug, great link, I wondered what was falling out of my visor. It looked like sand, now I know its how the padding degrades. I will post photos of repair.

User avatar
Julian Hardy
356 Fan
Posts: 125
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:18 pm

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#10 Post by Julian Hardy » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:25 pm

I have also restored a few visors.Every one has the correct idea.
If you need new glass, the American glass will make the visors look to thick.
I do have some metric glass when I did my "C".

Julian

Thanks
 

User avatar
Doug McDonnell
356 Fan
Posts: 3645
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:21 am
Location: Augusta,Michigan

Re: Can sun visors be restored?

#11 Post by Doug McDonnell » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:27 pm

If you don't want to handle it yourself then send them to Julian.
1965 356C There is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

Post Reply