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#1 Radioaktiv

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:51 PM

sorry if this has been discussed, i did try a search and perhaps missed the thread



is there any reason why automotive tint would not work on a helmet shield?

i only ask because my helmet seems to be rather rare, in combination with being a few years old...and the very few tinted shields i found for sale were $75+. unfortunately, that's just too expensive for me at this point.

i currently have a Fog City tinted insert, but i am looking for another option perhaps, as (some of you probably know) the Fog City insert scratches quite easily...along with it not giving full coverage.

thank you for any help or pointing me in the right direction on this.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 08:59 PM

There is no reason why it wouldn't work. If your gonna do it, mybe you should search for an anti fog type of tint.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:11 PM

Yeah man, it will not work. I've been there and tried that. The glue on the tint wont stick to plastic, and the tint will not curve right. Ask any tint shop and they'll tell you the same thing. If you want to try it though, go for it, just make sure you use an old visor, and not a good one.
I'm in almost the same boat. My helmet has been discontinued, and the visors too. So I'm stuck making my own visors for it now.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 07:51 AM

Ehh, by new helmet... yours probably smells funny by now anyway! :laugh:

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 08:18 AM

I have tried a one inch strip of home window tint (high heat reflection/mirror type) across the top section of my visor. It worked very well except it wouldn't stay completely stuck along the big radius curve of the shield. Thinner automotive style tint would probably have a better chance at that.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:21 AM

I been doing this to my helmets for years........

I just use auto film...... 1st , cut a strip about 3in.'s wide.... put it up against the Top Outside of the visor (leaving enough over hang to cut along the top edge.... this is to get the visor shape/line..... then take the film off and lie it on a sheet of paper, then draw along the top line of the film, now take the film off the paper and draw a inch strip on the paper using the top line you established ....*******"I'd not try to use paper to do the first steps"*******

After getting the strip cut, your goal is to apply the film under the visor..... But you want to leave the top line of the film just below the top line of the visor ( the object is not to let the water/air seal of the helmet to touch the film when you close it all the way).

I'd use window cleaner to apply****NOT SOAP****

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:07 AM

thank you monk

i think i will give this a shot this weekend :laugh:

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:59 PM

Ehh, by new helmet... yours probably smells funny by now anyway! :laugh:


Why would I do that? I just bought it last year, and have only got about 1500K/M of riding with it.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 04:03 PM

I been doing this to my helmets for years........

I just use auto film...... 1st , cut a strip about 3in.'s wide.... put it up against the Top Outside of the visor (leaving enough over hang to cut along the top edge.... this is to get the visor shape/line..... then take the film off and lie it on a sheet of paper, then draw along the top line of the film, now take the film off the paper and draw a inch strip on the paper using the top line you established ....*******"I'd not try to use paper to do the first steps"*******

After getting the strip cut, your goal is to apply the film under the visor..... But you want to leave the top line of the film just below the top line of the visor ( the object is not to let the water/air seal of the helmet to touch the film when you close it all the way).

I'd use window cleaner to apply****NOT SOAP****


Window cleaner has solvents which eats at the glue on tint.
If your going to tint use soap, but make sure it is baby shampoo as it has no chemicals or additives.

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 05:00 PM

I been doing this to my helmets for years........

I just use auto film...... 1st , cut a strip about 3in.'s wide.... put it up against the Top Outside of the visor (leaving enough over hang to cut along the top edge.... this is to get the visor shape/line..... then take the film off and lie it on a sheet of paper, then draw along the top line of the film, now take the film off the paper and draw a inch strip on the paper using the top line you established ....*******"I'd not try to use paper to do the first steps"*******

After getting the strip cut, your goal is to apply the film under the visor..... But you want to leave the top line of the film just below the top line of the visor ( the object is not to let the water/air seal of the helmet to touch the film when you close it all the way).

I'd use window cleaner to apply****NOT SOAP****


Window cleaner has solvents which eats at the glue on tint.
If your going to tint use soap, but make sure it is baby shampoo as it has no chemicals or additives.

BTW, Window cleaners like "Windex" have been also known to turn visors foggy/milky over time.
It happened to the visor on my BMW System 2 helmet. It happened so gradually that I didn't notice it till I got a fresh visor to replace it because of a stress crack. Haven't used it since. I now only use Plexus, Pledge or Honda Polish sprays to clean all my visors.

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