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Sun visor
« on: July 25, 2023, 17:40:32 »
While I’m having new carpets installed, I’ve been polishing all the chrome trim and trying to get the dash to sparkle.  So far so good.  The sun visors are original to the car and in exceptional condition.  Unfortunately, my dad clipped his garage door transponder on the drivers side and it’s left a depression?  Any ideas on how to alleviate this problem.  I don’t suspect I can ever get it perfect but any improvement would be desirable. 
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2023, 18:21:29 »
The internal foam has collapsed.
Carefully try an iron on a piece of cloth over the spot to see if the vinyl has memory?
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2023, 18:57:57 »
Your father's imprint. You could always clip something there to hide the dent. A pagoda badge ?

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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2023, 20:43:46 »
The internal foam has collapsed.
Carefully try an iron on a piece of cloth over the spot to see if the vinyl has memory?

Gary,
I was afraid to use an iron, so instead I used a hairdryer to heat both the vinyl cover and compressed internal foam. The heat made both pliable.  I pressed on the end of the visor in an attempt to re-inflate the foam while smoothing the vinyl.  I was able to improve all but the deepest spot after about 10 min. I’m going to allow it to thoroughly cool and I’ll try the procedure again tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2023, 00:16:47 »
The sun visors are original to the car and in exceptional condition. 
That's an amazing thing.  I don't think I've ever seen that written on these forums.

Your father's imprint. You could always clip something there to hide the dent. A pagoda badge ?
Put the transponder back on as an homage to your father.

Or, if the heat doesn't work, maybe try cupping therapy?
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2023, 02:36:28 »
Rodd,
Here’s the two visors.  The passenger side is pretty flawless, the drivers side still has a bit of a “dent” but heat has worked so far.  (Both are original.)

Actually think that some form of cupping could help…though I’ll admit I assumed you were just pulling my leg! 
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2023, 13:47:34 »
A heat gun usually resolves these issues.

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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2023, 14:08:03 »
Actually think that some form of cupping could help…though I’ll admit I assumed you were just pulling my leg!
Yes.   ;D
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2023, 00:36:21 »
Take care of those babies, new original Sunvisors are expensive. When I was doing my restoration years ago, I ordered original from MB at $400.  They were amongst the last of 12 left on selves anywhere in the MB world inventory. Them there is a member in England that went to a Chinese company to reproduce them(and I must say great looking copies), but then mB produced them again and they are now available from MB.
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2023, 02:06:07 »
My 1968 280SL sun visors faded (burnt color) from UV sunlight over the decades. Found new replacements for 230SL (different size than 280SL) but no matching set for 280SL.

So I tried the SEM vinyl prep (38343) and the SEM marine vinyl coat (M25143). After several light coats they look very good.
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2023, 02:30:39 »
Holy cow, that's amazing!!!
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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2023, 19:41:04 »
I would suggest and iron as well, with steam on!
Make sure you put a tea towel between iron and visor though! 😁

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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2023, 18:49:40 »
Take care of those babies, new original Sunvisors are expensive. When I was doing my restoration years ago, I ordered original from MB at $400.  They were amongst the last of 12 left on selves anywhere in the MB world inventory. Them there is a member in England that went to a Chinese company to reproduce them(and I must say great looking copies), but then mB produced them again and they are now available from MB.

Only the left visor is available from the Classic Center $468 list price.

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Re: Sun visor
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2023, 01:50:02 »
$468 and they no longer provide a mirror for the passenger side..
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