Re-store Classic Car Sun Visors - Updated! - Volkswagen Bus




About: Recent life remod... into the 3 C's... Computers, Camping, Cars, and too many others to list. I had a VW bus, a westfalia, if you don't have one ... you need one. I do.

Classic Sun Visor restore for a VW Bus. Will work on most sun visors with inner frame.

Step 1: Remove Visors From Auto

Remove assembly from auto, being careful to keep all pieces separate from the other sides peices (our driver side visor differs from the passengers side) Now is the time to replace any broken or missing pieces.

Step 2: Trace Visor

Trace your visor out actual size for reference before removing old cover and padding. I knew I didn't want to use the original covers, so I wasn't careful in removing them. You might want to re use yours, so a few of these steps won't be needed in your project.

Step 3: Second Visor

Since The visors on our '79 VW bus are different designs, I trace both and labeled each for their sides

Step 4: Cut 2 in Plastic Canvas

I traced out and cut 2 of each pattern in plastic canvas, actual size.

Step 5: Batting

Fold batting, and place top edge of pattern along fold, trace and cut 1 in each shape

Step 6: Add an Inch

unlike the batting, place pattern bottom along fold and cut out 1 in each shape,But add 1 inch along all edges. With the cover stll inside out, stitch along both ends of the pattern with your sewing machine, leaving the top edge open all the way.

Step 7: These Are the Peices Ready for Assembly

This is what you should have ready to put together.

Step 8: Assembly

layer your pieces like a sandwich, batting, plastic canvas, frame, plastic canvas, batting. I used a needle and thread to sew through everything and the frame in one or two spots to keep it all from shifting during daily use. Then slide the whole unit into the cover from the top. Fold over the top of the cover inward and pin. The sew along the top of the visor to close.

Step 9: Finished Visors

Repeat all steps for the second visor, and you should have a nice set of visors for under 20 bucks. This project took me about half a day start to finish.

Step 10: Visors Installed!

Visors installed, Cieling covered. And a hint of my next project... Curtains!

Step 11: Visors Installed, Cieling Covered

Visors installed! Sweet!



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    8 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Wonderful! I am restoring a 1968 beetle, so my visors are similar to yours. I have used material from Joann's fabrics for my headliner, and now I can have sun visors that match. Thank you for this. BTW, love the fabric. Are your seats covered in the same? Kathryn

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thank you kathryn, no our seats are recovered with original oem fabric,(which cost a pretty penny to find) but we are recovering the roof of the cab area with this material. if you post your you work on your beatle I would love a link. My husband is a beatle maniac.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This isn't anything like what I thought it was going to be. I like this. It is easy and you can be as creative as you want in design. This could even become a business for some enterprising young spirit with a sewing machine. If you wanted to modify this, you might mention up front what tools you need, what materials to buy, and where to get the tools and materials.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your advice, I will incorporate them into my next project.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I like it. I have the interior panels of my old Saab covered in a paisley pattern. It confuses the hell out of people. I've thought of going to Zebra or some other nonsense when the current fabric fades. I purchased normal fabric from Wal*Mart on their sale table. The whole gig cost me 2 dollars for the entire car (4 panels). I already had contact spray cement.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    That is what we are doing to the roof of the cab, Matching materials and contact cement. This was actually my second try, the first I used craft foam sheets to sculpt an emblem on one side, but this heavy tapestry fabric doesn't sculpt well. It is upholstery fabric, it will fade slowly fo rmany years.The roof and the visors took 2 and 1/2 yards altogether.