FAQs—Ford Window Visor
- I’ve been trying to remove my old Ford window visor that I installed using adhesive strips, but it’s stuck tight? How can I remove this part without damaging the window?
Because window visors are usually attached using automotive-grade adhesives, removing them can get tricky. What you can do is to expose the visor to a bit of heat to help melt the glue. You can use a heat gun or heat dryer, but make sure to use only a low heat setting. Also, don’t expose the visor to plenty of heat for a long time because it can melt.
- Any tips on how to remove glue residue from an old window visor? I was able to remove the old one since it needs replacing, but bits of glue are still stuck on the window’s edge.
To remove adhesive residue so you could properly install a new window visor, you can use glue-removing products. You can also use alcohol or mineral oil. Simply dip a clean cloth in alcohol or mineral oil and wipe it across the window’s edge until all bits of glue are removed. Never use sharp, pointy objects to scrape off the adhesive because you’ll only risk scratching or damaging your car window.
- In terms of materials, what type of window visor is the easiest to clean and maintain? I’m thinking of getting visors for my Ford, but I’m confused with all the options out there.
When it comes to materials, acrylic is the most common and durable compared to other types that come with a chrome coating. This is because acrylic won’t easily get scratched or nicked unlike chrome. It’s also very maintenance friendly since you can run it through a car wash. This means you don’t have to remove the visor to give it a thoroughly clean it. Plus, you can use a variety of ammonia-free plastic or glass cleaners on an acrylic visor. And because acrylic is a highly durable material, it won’t easily crack even when regularly exposed to extreme temperatures and other harsh elements.
- I just attached a new visor, but its edges have bits of glue because I spilled some adhesive during the installation. I gave the visor a good wipe with a clean cloth, but some of the adhesive marks are still visible. How can I get rid of these unsightly marks?
A clean cloth isn’t enough to get rid of stubborn glue residue. What you can do is dip the clean cloth in alcohol and wipe it across the visor’s edges. The alcohol should be able to dissolve the glue and remove the residue without a hitch.
- Is it safe to use a glass cleaner when cleaning a window visor?
Before you spray that glass cleaner on your car’s visor, take a look first at the list of ingredients. A visor-safe glass cleaner should be free from ammonia. Keep in mind that this ingredient can damage automotive surfaces. So for a safer yet efficient way of cleaning a visor, avoid ammonia-based products.
- Can I use any old cloth when cleaning a visor?
You can definitely use any old, clean cloth when cleaning a visor. However, for best results, try using a microfiber cloth. This tool is specially designed to prevent swirl marks and keep automotive surfaces clean without scratching them. However, if you don’t have a microfiber towel and you don’t plan on buying one, you can just use a clean rag.
- Any tip on how to restore my visor to its original condition? I clean it regularly, but it’s starting to fade a bit over the years.
A good way to revive an old visor is to polish or wax it. Apply a bit of wax or polish on a finishing pad, and wipe it across the visor after a good wash. This way, the visor’s surface is fully protected from dirt, grime, and scratch marks. Applying wax or polish can also help remove swirl marks that can make a visor look old and faded. For best results, use a fine-grade polish. With proper and regular maintenance and the right polishing or wax products, you’ll be able to maximize the lifespan of your window visor.
How Do You Install a Ford Window Visor?
Come rain or shine, you can count on your auto window visors to give your ride the extra edge. It can keep the side windows dry when raining and will allow heat to escape the interior while the vehicle is parked. These add-ons also reduce wind noise. The visors can even give your Ford a better side profile, giving it that sleek look. Installing these accessories will take just a few minutes. We have here a step-by-step guide for installing an adhesive or an in-channel type Ford window visor.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- Replacement window visor
- Surface cleaner/alcohol pad
Installing an adhesive window visor
Set the visor on the side window to see how it will fit. Before you install the tape-on visor, you first have to clean the surface where the adhesive will be placed. Use an automotive surface cleaner or alcohol pad, which may be included in the kit or package to remove dirt or dust. Don't skip this step to make sure that the adhesive will hold properly and stick longer. Wipe down the surface thoroughly and let it dry. Once clean, you can start peeling off the backing strip to reveal the adhesive. Don't pull this off all the way. Start with about 2 inches of strip. By folding out the excess strip, you can create some sort of a tab that you can grip easily. As you do this, don't touch the adhesive.
Do the front windows first. Place the visor above the window and stick it with the exposed adhesive. Check if the visor is properly aligned and if it follows the contours of the window. Once you got the proper placemen, you can press at the corners and then peel off the rest of the backing strip and push it along the visor. Do the same for the rear windows.
Installing an in-channel window visor
Slide down the window where the in-channel vent visor will be installed. Prep the surface by cleaning the window channel. Once it's already clean and dry, you can set the in-channel visor. Do the front windows first. The front end of the visor should be on top of the sill and should not slide down into the door. Slip the lip of the visor into the window channel. You then have to bend the visor towards you. This will create tension. Insert the rear end of the lip into the window channel, leaving about a half inch gap. From front to back, slip the lip into the window channel. When already lined up, apply some outward pressure to secure the window visor into the channel.
Window visors for the rear windows may have an additional adhesive strip. You just have to peel off the backing and set it into the rear window. Turning it slightly will help. From a slight angle, you then have to straighten it and insert it into the channel. Roll up the windows to seal the visors.
Tips and warnings
- When replacing the visor, make sure that there's no more adhesive residue or the tape is completely peeled off. An adhesive remover can be used.
- So you won't smudge the visors when installing them, you may wear gloves or use a cloth.