Imagine driving on a mid-afternoon or a hot summer day when the sun shines so bright that you have to squint all the time. The sun's rays can have a bit of a blinding effect, making it difficult for you to look straight ahead on the road. This would be a big problem if your windshield visor isn't there to protect you from the glare.
If you want to add an external sun visor to your vehicle or replace the old piece, here are some things that you have to consider:
What are windshield visors typically made of?
If you browse through the different options, you'll find visors that are made of these materials: fiberglass, ABS polymer, and stainless steel.
- Fiberglass windshield visors are known to be durable but are also quite expensive. They don't easily corrode, rust, or wear out even when exposed to harsh road conditions or weather. These are often used on vehicles with smaller windshields.
- Stainless steel windshield visors are highly resistant to corrosion and varying temperatures. Stainless steel is not only durable but also quite easy to cut, weld, and form. That's why visors made of this material are available in different styles. These visors are typically used in large vehicles like trucks.
- ABS polymer windshield visors are less expensive than other types of external visors, making them a common option among car owners when it comes to customization. They can withstand heat and impact, though their durability doesn't compare to fiberglass and stainless steel options.
What are the common windshield visor options when it comes to finish?
The windshield visor may be coated for protection against rust and corrosion or can be custom-painted according to your preference.
- Some external sun visors have a paintable finish. These visors can be painted with any color you want to match the color of the vehicle or create a new accent with a different color scheme or style.
- Other visors come with a gel coat that highly resists corrosion. This coat makes the material much stronger such that it can withstand exposure to common road and weather elements like heat. If you choose to paint the gel coat, surface prep is needed.
What are the different styles and designs of the windshield visor?
Windshield visors can be curved or flat, depending on the shape or dimensions of the vehicle's windscreen. Others are designed to fit sedans, convertibles, and light-duty vehicles. These visors are typically compact and light. For trucks and heavy-duty vehicles, their visors are usually wider and longer to provide larger coverage. They may have rounded contours to fit the windshield. Other options include extended visors for minimized glare and enhanced aerodynamics. Some of them are extended from 6 to 8 inches beyond the roofline or windshield. Visor designs may also include sculpted air reliefs, which don't only make the visors look more customized but also help reduce glare and eyestrain while improving aerodynamics. You can choose a standard design for your vehicle or go for a custom piece for enhanced exterior styling, whether you want it to look sporty, rugged, or sophisticated.
How is a windshield visor installed?
Windshield visors can be easily mounted onto the cab's roof and installed using self-tapping screws. Other visors, however, may require some drilling to be bolted. In some visor kits, snap caps are included so that fasteners can be hidden from plain sight.