Introduction: Create a Simple Visor for Your Otherwise Visorless Full-face Helmets

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This is a very cost-effective way to create disposable visors for your Full-face style helmets. This is a good way to save money because these style helmets are generally at least a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the helmets with "proper visors". Most of the materials and tools you should have lying around the house (if you're reading this website you should have more than enough). It only takes about 20 minutes total. (not held responsible for any assumptions as to what it will protect you against or cuts, burns, harm you receive during the process) (ALSO, this is not tested for extreme conditions)

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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For this project you will need:

-A two litre pop bottle (no-name brands seem to spring into a roll, which could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.)

-Some velcro, enough of both sides (hoops and hooks) to cover the outer edge of where you're applying it

-A helmet with an open space for the visor to go


-Exacto knife (deadly)

-Sharpie (or other permanent marker)

-Something big enough to hold enough water to immerse, and hold the two liter pop bottle

Step 2: Get That Unsightly and Sticky Label Off!

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Get out your deadly Exacto knife and cut that hideous label off, being careful not to nick the plastic. It should look like this.

Step 3: Get Rid of That Layer of Paper Still Stuck to the Bottle

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That layer still stuck to the bottle? GONE, get your container (or sink) and fill it with hot water, also, fill the pop bottle with water (so it will stay in the container) and let it sit for 5 minutes. When you take it out, dry it off, and use your fingernails to pick off the paper, it shouldn't be that hard at all. There will be a small amount of glue left where the paper was, if this bugs you, you can take the extra time with anything relatively abrasive and a gentle household cleaner (orange cleaner, hand soap) to get it all off, it really isn't that much of a problem though, these things are disposable.

Step 4: Mark Where You're Going to Cut It, Then Do It

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This is just the general how tall its going to be, you should cut just after the bottle starts to curve at the top, and at the bottom just before the sections-thing starts (base), mark it with a sharpie first, then cut it out, scissors or the Exacto knife work fine.

Step 5: Cut It So That It Is One Strip

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Cut it right down the middle of the glue residue, so that it ends up being on the edges on either side, so that you end up with a single sheet of plastic.

Step 6: Mark and Cut Out the Shape You Want

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Hold the plastic up to your helmet, and get your sharpie ready. You'll probably want to cut it to conform to the contours of the helmet. Draw it all out, then cut it out and see how it fits, always cut on the outside of the marked line so that if you mess up, you have room to re-do it.

Step 7: Velcro!

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Once you have the visor to the shape and fit you want, its time to bring in the velcro. Cut into lengths and widths to fit inconspicously on the helmet, put the "scratchy" side of the velcro on the helmet, this is so that when the visor rolls up when not in use, the scratchy parts wont damage the visor, causing it to be un-see-through-able. Be generous when applying the lengths of velcro on the helmet. Cut out the soft side of the velcro now and apply it accordingly placed on the visor. An efficient way to do this is to place the visor up to the helmet and mark where the velcro will be with a dry erase marker then place the velcro where you marked.



You're finished! It should fit and conform to the shapes of the helmet and be very easy to see through, it works just as well, if not better than a real visor "built in" to a helmet. I use my helmet for longboarding and on my scooter (1981 Yamaha Beluga) and the visors havn't caused me any troubles so far, they do get scratched up, but I just make a new one, usually lasts a month for me.


agai111 (author)2016-03-10

...Or a sheet of polycarbonate, like a sane person would use?

DavidA87 (author)2015-09-05

rosoi (author)2015-01-04

Guaranteed to melt your face in case of fire !

Better use a pair of motocross/ski goggles.

cristoph (author)2014-05-30

I might use this for a replica halo helmet visor thanks

corkey123 (author)2013-05-08

Thanks for sharing!

allangee (author)2013-04-30

Don't make the water too hot. PET plastic -- which the bottle is probably made from -- shrinks if heated up too much. So don't put it into the dishwasher either. if you have an extra bottle around, put it in the sink and pour boiling water on it. It'll shrink and shrivel.

allangee (author)2013-04-30

To remove the residue, try Goo-Gone or a similar product. If the adhesive is petroleum-based, butter, margarine, oil, may also work. Let it sit for awhile, remove whatever it loosens, repeat as needed. That way you don't get any scratches.

fredellarby (author)2012-10-07

An original equipment face sheild for my helmets costs $70 and I use it to protect my face and EYES!
I'm not convinced trusting this job to a pop bottle is a good idea.

BraisedDuck (author)2011-01-27

so.... if i want a black visor....then what??

corkey123 (author)BraisedDuck2011-01-28

ALSO! Here is a pic of the helmet with the logging style face shield cut to size, with velcro applied like my 'ible said and tinted.

corkey123 (author)BraisedDuck2011-01-28

Get window tint from Canadian Tire or your local auto glass shop and follow the instructions or ask for a quick play by play on how to apply it. It's extremely easy since the visor is flat when applied. Limo tint is an adequate darkness and is very easy to see out of. All you need to apply the tint on such a small scale is a mild soapy solution in a spray bottle, a credit card or something similar (hard, flat edge) and some lint free cloths. Here's the only shot of mine tinted.

Spade115 (author)2011-01-20

You guys want Snell not SHELL helmets. These are helmets certified with Snell.

Goes from bicycles to motorcycles

Stonehopper (author)2009-12-22

 I have seen DOT helmets fail under normal highway speed crashes. Try to find one that is SHELL rated. These are put to much higher standards than DOT and I personally have never seen one fail even under extreme crashes. I figure if the NASCAR pros won't use DOT and only use SHELL it must be pretty good.

corkey123 (author)Stonehopper2009-12-24

I have never heard of SHELL but am very interested.  I own a motorcycle now and have a regular "cheap" (300$ is NOT cheap to me...) DOT helmet, which I'm led to believe is safe for one good crash.  I probably will do research, but from what you know, what are the main differences that make SHELL safer and more desirable than DOT certified helmets? They're probably more expensive, but you can't put a price on safety.  I also wonder about their availability, because I frequent the local bike showrooms and shops and they have never mentioned SHELL (what does it stand for by the way?).  Until I hear back, google will be my friend.

jongscx (author)corkey1232010-07-05

For the sake of safety... All helmets should be replaced after one crash...

Stonehopper (author)Stonehopper2009-12-24

I'm sorry but my memory has been fading some with age. What I meant was SNELL. This is an independent testing group and they test helmets to a much higher standard than DOT. They will not be cheap but as you say what price safety.

bpfh (author)2008-09-21

I do not like the idea as a full face mask replacement, but other ideas spring to mind: 1) Formula 1 / motorcycle race "tear-off" visor protectors: A 90$/€ polycarbonate visor is protected by a 20 cent transparent semi-rigid plastic sheet 2) Add on sun visor: Create this as a 5-10 cm "ribbon" across the top of the visor (or add on for a non visor helmet) and add a layer of car window tint (the self gluing type) so that you can pull down a soft plastic screen over the top of the visor or add a sort of "peak" to give your eyes extra protection. Finally, there is a company in Germany who makes this sort of thing as a 3 cm strip that installs into the helmet just in front of the eyes as a fixed sunvisor. This would be almost free compared to the commercial offering, and being soft plastic would reduce injury in case of an accident (I would still prefer installing it over the standard visor as an extra protection).

nkRtist (author)2008-09-17

Wow. That is a badass helmet.

corkey123 (author)nkRtist2008-09-17

well, thank you, I think I might invest in an Icaro helmet instead of this... now those are badass

=SMART= (author)2008-08-02

wow nice !

je2000 (author)2008-04-22

I'd be worried about 85 mph pebble durability personally. My eyes and time are worth the $30 it costs for a rated visor. How bout a how-to on mounting a real visor? Great idea though.

corkey123 (author)je20002008-04-22

I have graduated from pop bottles, and have experimented using replacement lathe face shields, and am now on a flexible, logging style face shield, and have rigged it to flip up and down on a pivot. The lathe shield failed miserably on a 75 km/h crash when it shattered on me (no face/eye damage), and this logging shield is working perfectly, seeing as my most recent crash was with it installed, and I managed to dislocate my shoulder, but not break this newer visor (which hit the concrete also) I will do an instructable on the full visor that is currently working very well for me when I can use my arm again, and I'll include how to tint it also, i'll have this all up in a couple of months

jakee117 (author)2008-02-12

i have one that i use for 4 wheeler and mx and this sounds pretty cool plus 1 rating!

tumtum (author)2007-11-13

I'm looking for a full face helmet and I thought yours looks cool so I wanted to look into it lol thanks!!

corkey123 (author)tumtum2007-11-14

What are you getting your helmet for? (I use mine for Longboarding and my Scooter)

sharebear (author)corkey1232008-02-09

I believe DOT is not actaully a company, but it stands for Department of Transportation and is put on the back of helmets that pass their safety rating.

corkey123 (author)sharebear2008-02-10

Sweet, someone who knows his (or her) stuff...I assumed that DOT was the company name because of the fancy font - therefore I have no idea who makes it as that is the only identification I can find on the helmet (and the box is long gone) other than the letters SHR, which probably stand for something else obscure.

tumtum (author)2007-11-14

haha you read my mind. I need a full face mask cause I messed my face up last time I was bombing a hill lol

tumtum (author)2007-11-11

hey what kind of helmet is that and how much did it cost?

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