My $5 solution to the visor problem...

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by texasshawshank, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. texasshawshank

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    61
    60
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    In other threads folks have posted their solution to the visor problem, and here I would like to chime in with mine.....
    I did two diy "visors" for $5. All components can be found in local Walmart.
    Here it goes:
    Components:
    1: 4ft magnetic tape: $2.97
    2: 2 pieces of bandana $0.99 x 2
    3: Some glue
    How to make it:
    Fold the bandana in the middle, and glue along the middle. That's it! No tools required.
    How to use:
    stick the magnetic tape on the metal door frame (as show). adjust as you need.
    Magnetic really makes it flexible, as you can put it on any part of the door frame. and it's every easy/convenient/safe/quick to remove as well.

    Hope you will like it :)
     

    Attached Files:

    • 1.JPG
      1.JPG
      File size:
      64.4 KB
      Views:
      0
    • 0.JPG
      0.JPG
      File size:
      62.8 KB
      Views:
      0
    • Final.JPG
      Final.JPG
      File size:
      81.4 KB
      Views:
      0
    RCO and krmcg like this.
  2. xliderider

    xliderider Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    7,459
    2,881
    0
    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    Vehicle:
    2011 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Great idea. However, may I suggest using craft foam instead of a bandana?

    Black craft foam

    It is semi rigid and can be cut into shape easily using scissors. A single sheet of craft foam can be found for about the same price as the bandana in most well stocked craft supply stores. It would also not be prone to possibly flapping into your face while driving.

    Also, they come in many colors, black, gray, white, red, etc., so it would be easy to match to the interior of your car.
     
    Bluegrassman likes this.
  3. RCO

    RCO Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2016
    3,709
    5,178
    0
    Location:
    Cornwall
    Vehicle:
    Other Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    The more rigid foam seems more aesthetically pleasing, but the bandana would be easier to move aside to get a better look out imho.
     
  4. DonJuan1943

    DonJuan1943 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    64
    51
    0
    Location:
    Northern Illinois
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    III
    Velcro anchors glued to the stock visor. Velcro straps hold "cut manila folder strips" in place. The manila folder strips are easily moved to follow the sun; and are easily moved aside to use vanity mirror. This seems to be working; until something better comes along.
     
  5. Coast Cruiser

    Coast Cruiser Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2016
    2,267
    2,568
    0
    Location:
    Pacific Coast Highway
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    You guys are creative.

    I just went with two big rubber bands around the visor. They hold a piece of black cardboard (same size as the visor).
    When I move the visor over to the side window, I just slide out the cardboard a ways.
     
    RCO likes this.
  6. orenji

    orenji Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    5,881
    3,476
    0
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Sunglasses with thick arms, just saying! :)
     
    RCO and krmcg like this.
  7. randomwalk101

    randomwalk101 DYI'er

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    532
    267
    0
    Location:
    texas
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Ghetto fabulous.
     
    thewraith likes this.
  8. Bluegrassman

    Bluegrassman Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2016
    229
    184
    0
    Location:
    US
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    I got my windows tinted to 15% including the stripe across the windshield. Helps a lot, but a better sun visor would be great. I wish there were an aftermarket replacement.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
    RCO likes this.
  9. unmesh59

    unmesh59 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2010
    49
    9
    0
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    So is the magnetic tape attracted to the sheet metal of the car or does the magnetic strip consist of two strips, one of which is stuck to the fabric of the car with some kind of adhesive and the other to the makeshift "visor"?
     
  10. thewraith

    thewraith Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2013
    67
    23
    0
    Location:
    DC Metro
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Nice idea..
     
    #10 thewraith, Oct 26, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016
  11. unmesh59

    unmesh59 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2010
    49
    9
    0
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Something like this is sold on Amazon as VisorMates which may be a little less ghetto for thewraith

    Looks like one needs to plan on periodic replacement of their elastic bands which become loose with age.
     
  12. texasshawshank

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    61
    60
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Yes. I directly attach the magnetic strip to the metal window frame. It works very well.
     
  13. thewraith

    thewraith Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2013
    67
    23
    0
    Location:
    DC Metro
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Unmesh, my comment was uncalled for. Thank you for the recommendation.
     
    RCO likes this.
  14. texasshawshank

    Joined:
    May 6, 2016
    61
    60
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Vehicle:
    2016 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Hahahaha. I thought the same as well.
    Considering an auto company that even went cheap on window visor just to save a few dimes, it's ghetto car meets ghetto solution, they are a perfect pair :)
     
    RCO likes this.
  15. PriusNeckBeard

    PriusNeckBeard Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    366
    210
    0
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius
    Model:
    One
  16. PriusNeckBeard

    PriusNeckBeard Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    366
    210
    0
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius
    Model:
    One
    Now the big question:

    what do I do when the road is bendy, or I'm turning corners and I have to flip the visit between windshield and window positions? I wish a 2nd visit would magically appear in the windshield and I could have both at once
     
    RCO likes this.
Loading...