Fresh air has the power to rejuvenate you especially during long drives. When you're feeling tired after driving for hours, you just have to lower your vehicle's windows an inch or two, and you'll surely feel good. But this isn't possible during rainy and windy days as lowering your windows can make rain and whistling wind get into your cabin. Well, that's what the window visor is for.
Also known as vent visor or window deflector, this accessory allows you to lower the car windows a bit so fresh air can come in while keeping rainwater and wind out. Besides its practical role, a complete vent visor set can also give your ride a customized look.
If you want to start enjoying the perks of having a deflector on your vehicle's windows, here's a simple window visor installation guide:
- A set of window visors
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean cloth or wipes
Step 1: Washing the vehicle
Before you do any modification or installation job on the exterior, it pays to wash your vehicle first to get rid of dirt that could hamper the installation process. Wash and rinse your vehicle well, paying particular attention to the area where the window visor will be installed.
Step 2: Preparing the mounting surface
Once the vehicle has dried, prepare the mounting surface by wiping the area with wipes dipped in alcohol. This is to ensure that the surface is free of grease or dirt that can prevent the adhesive from sticking properly and cause the visor to fall off.
Step 3: Installing the visor
The process of installing car vent visors depends on the type of window deflector you're going to install.
For adhesive or tape-on window visor, you have to remove first the non-adhesive strip at the back of the visor to expose the adhesive. Avoid touching the adhesive; doing so can reduce its ability to stick to the surface well. Carefully place the deflector on the mounting surface, atop the window. Make sure it perfectly fits into the contours of the window before depressing the corners and working your way up the length of the visor.
To install an in-channel window visor, start off by rolling down the window you intend to put the visor on. This kind of visor usually comes with a lip that fits the inside of the window channel. Carefully bend the visor to fit it inside the open window, in line with the upper part of the window channel. With enough force, wedge the visor's upper lip into the window channel. Fit in the entire length of the visor into the channel and presto! You can now enjoy your newly installed window deflector.
Step 4: Cleaning the area around the newly installed window visor
If you've made any kind of mess, such as adhesive marks, around the area where you've installed the visor, get a clean cloth or wipe and dip it into rubbing alcohol. Carefully wipe off the marks or dirt until they are removed.
With this guide, even a novice DIYer with limited mechanical skills can have his vehicle outfitted with a set of window visors in an hour or two. The process may take a little longer if the vehicle is filthy.