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I have read several times about putting window tint on the top of face shield to block the sun. Well, I got tired of my 20 mile due west commute with the sun killing me. Bought some static cling tint and put on top of shield. WOW, it works great. Picture is of first test. After riding with it today I can make it about half inch lower. I used 20 percent, can still see traffic lights and such. I know the picture is bad but kept getting to many reflections. Has anyone else done this?

 

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My HJC modular helmet had a slide down sun visor. I always wear polarized prescription sunglasses in the day time and used the visor a few times, but never found it very useful.

For the limited amount of time when I'm riding right into a sun that is low in the sky, I usually tilt my head forward so the top of my helmet opening acts as a sun visor.

A few times riding right into a sunset Ive had to hold my hand out to block it.

Makes me wonder, I have never seen anything like a sun visor for a MC windshield, but I'm sure someone must have done it.
 

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I've got a drop down tinted visor also, but that setting sun is a killer. With the tint on and drop down I don't have to tilt my head down. There are some rwady nade ones but I'm cheap. Spent $7 on tint. I now have enough to do everyone's shield on this forum. 😀
 

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Looks good. I prefer to ride with my beanie so sunglasses or yellow glasses all the time. My full face i wear does have the drop tinted shield. But i can see how this would be very effective on a cruiser..Not so much a sportbike that is always tilted down but hey a lot of sportbike riders have full tinted shields already.. If it's working for ya than it's a good thing :)
 

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I did a similar thing on a helmet in the past and it was quite helpful. I later purchased a helmet with a drop down shield so now I don’t need it, but it a cheap fix and worked great at the time.


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I have read several times about putting window tint on the top of face shield to block the sun. Well, I got tired of my 20 mile due west commute with the sun killing me. Bought some static cling tint and put on top of shield. WOW, it works great. Picture is of first test. After riding with it today I can make it about half inch lower. I used 20 percent, can still see traffic lights and such. I know the picture is bad but kept getting to many reflections. Has anyone else done this?

Only took me six years to catch up!
 

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Am I missing something blackadder? I think you are only less than 2 years late :)

But I'm glad you dug up this necro-thread. Good idea that I will keep in mind.

My half helmet has a slide down half shield, but I don't use it hardly at all, because it barely will clear my prescription glasses. Even touches them after a while as the helmet shifts a bit.

So instead, I wear a pair of sunglasses that you can put on over your prescription glasses, almost like googles. Or some probably think of them as old folk sunglasses. Whatever, I really like that they have side shields and in general keep the wind from drying out my eyes, as well as cut the sun UV down.

Odd thing though, when I wear those shades, my windshield gets weird color distortion around the edges. Something about the combination of the shades and the clear lexan. Was annoying at first, but now I hardly notice the color distortion.
 

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Polarized glasses can have a distorted effect on certain items. I've had some polarized glasses that were really bad at it. From the web:
In some instances, polarized lenses react with the tints in windshields, creating blind spots and diminishing the visibility of LCD readouts. If this occurs, consider mirrored lenses as a glare-reducing alternative.
 

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I've got a drop down tinted visor also, but that setting sun is a killer. With the tint on and drop down I don't have to tilt my head down. There are some rwady nade ones but I'm cheap. Spent $7 on tint. I now have enough to do everyone's shield on this forum. 😀

So where do we send our shields and are you covering shipping? LOL
 

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My face shield on my spring / summer helmet (full face and modulator in winter) was getting scratched up and bought new ones. When I ride home from work I'm driving west for about 10 miles and the sun is right in my eyes. Yes, my helmet has drop down sun shield but that sun is still brutal. I've used window tint on top of shields for years but made some photos of the steps.

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To measure how far down I want the tint, I put helmet on, use a long piece of painter's tape to simulate where tint will be, put a small piece of tape to mark bottom of tint, cut larger than needed piece of tint, spray water on shield, apply tint with straight edge at bottom, extra tint sticking up, use soft towel to get rid of air bubbles by rubbing tint, let sit for a while, use blade to trim off extra tint. Done, nice and smooth and looks pretty good, works great.

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Both shields done. Showing all items used except tint.
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Done, ready to ride once the rain stops.

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