FAQs—Kia Window Visor
- What would be easier to install: a tape-on window visor or an in-channel type?
There’s no single answer here. It still depends on what you prefer. Some people find it easier to just stick the visor onto the frame using automotive tape. It’s quick and pain-free for most. You just have to keep the frame clean to make sure that the adhesive will stick. However, when using a tape-on window visor, you have to make sure that the visor fits every corner and all the edges perfectly before you peel off the adhesive. Otherwise, it would be difficult for you to remove the tape and re-attach the visor.
You won’t have to deal with any adhesive when installing an in-channel window visor. But since the visor has to fit snugly into the window channel, a little bending and flexing is needed to make sure that the visor will be firmly tucked. You’ll have to use a little bit of force, and you have to be careful not to break the visor. The good thing about this type of deflector or rain guard is that it’s easier to remove.
- What are the benefits of using a tape-on Kia window visor?
Since this visor isn’t tucked inside the window channel and just rests on the frame, it doesn’t actually touch the glass or any of the window mechanisms. As such, it won’t be breaking or scratching the glass or messing up the window operation in any way. Another benefit of its location/position is that this visor is able to provide greater protection against water that might seep into the window and into the passenger cabin. It can form some sort of a shield around the window channel due to its out-of-window design.
- Why do some car owners prefer the in-channel visor over the tape-on window deflector? What are the advantages to using visors that are installed through the window channel?
There’s no need to use any adhesive or tape when installing an in-channel visor. The visor has to be inserted into the window channel, relying on the strong grip. Without using any adhesive, the in-channel visor is much easier to remove. It can be pried out easily. When it comes to style, this visor provides a smoother, seamless look because of its invisible mount design. The mounting flanges are hidden from plain sight. Therefore, the visor offers a more low-profile look.
- What are the usual concerns with the tape-on window visor?
The tape-on window visor is a bit more difficult to remove compared to the in-channel deflector that can be popped out with a little force. The usual concern is the leftover adhesive or tape. When removed, the tape-on visor can leave behind some stains because of the adhesive residue and may have some dirt buildup where the tape has been. Others also like the design of the in-channel visor better because it doesn’t jut out unlike the tape-on visor that’s set outside the window.
- What are the downsides to using an in-channel window visor?
Because of its design, common concerns would have to be the visor scratching the glass or the window itself eventually breaking the visor. But as long as the in-channel visor is installed properly and cleaned well, these wouldn’t be a big problem. Another common concern is that this visor might become loose and might get detached eventually. But, with a top-quality in-channel visor and with proper installation, this could be prevented.
- What’s a good way to fix a small crack on a plastic window visor? What’s a good product to use?
Spray adhesive can be used to mend small cracks on the window visor and to stop leaks. The spray adhesive should be designed for the particular material used on the window visor (i.e., acrylic). This should be applied evenly and according to manufacturer instructions for best results. The visor should be allowed to dry fully after spraying.
- There are cracks on the window visor, so I had to remove it. How could I remove the leftover tape/adhesive on the window frame/surface? Any good product you can suggest?
Try using a blow dryer or heat gun to help lift off the glue or leftover adhesive and use a fishing line to help rub off the glue/adhesive. Some products you may use to remove the sticky glue are Goo Gone and WD-40. Look for 3M adhesive remover if you have the time or if the other suggestions don’t work. This will be a good solution for removing stuck glue.