Have you ever wanted to open your vehicle’s windows, but it was raining outside? If you opened them, you’d get you and your interior wet, but if you left them closed, it would stay uncomfortably warm or stuffy. Well, vent visors eliminate this conundrum. They arch out over the top of your window, allowing you to partially open it without letting rain or snow in.
A vent visor set can also make your vehicle look more stylish.
When you buy a vent visor kit, you should look for:
Durability – Visors made of aerospace-grade acrylic are best. They are scratch-resistant and virtually indestructible.
Warranty – A good vent visor comes with a lifetime warranty.
A sleek, low-profile design – This will reduce drag and keep your fuel efficiency up in the long run.
Custom fit – A vent visor that is designed for your specific vehicle will look and work much better than a universal one.
There are two common types of vent visor: stick-on style, which mount on the outside of the door over the window, and in-channel style, which mount inside the window channel at the top of the window opening.
How to Install a Vent Visor Kit
You can have your vent visor kit installed by the skilled technicians on one of our service centers in just a few minutes. Or, if you are a DIY Auto Repair Mechanic, we have a step-by-step installation process for the two main types of vent visors below.
Step 1. Inspect your kit.
Both Styles: Make sure you have all the pieces you need. If you have a two-door car or truck, make sure you have a left and right. If you have a four-door, make sure you have two lefts and two rights. The pieces should all be labeled with which side they go on.
Step 2. Read your installation instructions.
Step 3. Test fit each vent visor.
Stick-on: Next, check to make sure each visor lines up with the window it mounts on. This will also give you an idea of how the vent visors will look, and where they will fit on your car or truck.
In-channel: Roll your windows down all the way. Start in the middle of the window and slide the visor up to the top to see how it fits. Some front window visors have a blade on the front end that slips into the rear-view window mount. Be careful when slipping this blade in. It’s usually best to use a thin plastic tool, or carefully use a screwdriver to pry the mount open enough to allow the blade to slip in. This prevents you from having to force the blade in and risk breaking it. Once you’ve test-fitted each vent visor in its window, set them aside.
Step 4. Clean and prep the mounting surface.
Stick on: Clean the places around the top of the windows with the alcohol pads that should be included with your vent visor set. This will help the tape on the vent visor stick. Use touch-up paint to fix any nicks or scratches in the paint. It’s best to do all of your windows at once to allow them time to dry.
In-channel: Use the included alcohol pads to scrub and wipe the inside for your window channels. Clean them all at once and let them dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 5. Prep the vent visor.
Stick-on: Peel back the tape backing at the ends of the tape strip on the back of the vent visor and fold it up so it sticks out past the top of the visor at a 90-degree angle. When you’re done, you should have a two-inch tab of the backing sticking up.
In-channel: Peel backing off of the tape on the back of the vent visor.
Step. 6 Attach the vent visor.
Stick-on: Start with the front doors. Lift the vent visor into position and carefully line it up, using the roof of the car or truck as a guide. Try to line the visor up parallel with the curve of the roof. Once you have it in place, gently stick the ends to the vehicle and take a step back. Look at the vent visor from multiple angles to make sure it’s not crooked. Once you’re sure it looks the way you want it, pull the backing tab you left sticking up and remove all the backing from the tape. Run your hand all along the vent visor and press it down to make sure the tape is attached along its entire length. Use the front visors as guides for installing the rears. Try to make sure they are level with them and the same distance from the roof. Also make sure the rear visors are centered above their windows. The logo should usually be on the end of the visor that points toward the rear of the car or truck.
In-channel: Start with the front doors. Lift the vent visor up to the window and slip the ends into the window channel (unless one end is the mirror-mount blade) and carefully work it up to the top of the window. Pull the visor up and back towards the top-rear corner of the window for a snug fit. Once it’s in position reach underneath with your fingers and press the tape onto the inside of the channel. Make sure it is sticking all along the length of the visor to allow clearance for the window. Repeat for the other windows. Once the visor is installed, slowly raise the windows and make sure they are not catching anywhere on the visor.
Vent Visor Maintenance
Now that you’ve successfully installed your vent visors, you can maintain them by simply wiping them down with a washcloth and car wash detergent as needed. Terry cloth, flannel, or microfiber works best to avoid scratches.