Oct 29, 2013

DIY: Fixing Sunglasses

When purchasing a high-quality pair of sunglasses, consumers expect them to last several seasons. In order to extend the life of sunglasses, it’s important that consumers regularly practice sunglasses’ maintenance.

  1. Tighten Screws – Sunglasses have tiny screws that hold both      the top and bottom portions of the frame to the lenses. These same screws      are usually used to hold the nose pads into place. Over time, screws      become loose, so it’s important for consumers to regularly tighten these      small screws. As these screws are miniature, they will require an eyeglass      screwdriver, which is readily available at drugstores, grocery stores and      even some hardware retailers. If screws don’t want to tighten completely,      remove the screw, place a small amount of clear nail polish to the screw      and reinsert the screw. The nail polish acts similar to glue, helping keep      the screw securely in place.
  2. Removing Scratches – While not foolproof, there are several      ways to remove scratches from sunglasses’ lenses.
  • Brass or Silver Polish – Dab a small amount on a cotton pad, rub it gently into the surface of the lens and remove excess polish with a lint free cloth. Continue repeating the process until the scratches have disappeared.
  • Toothpaste – Use a non-abrasive, non-gel, non-whitening and non-minty toothpaste. Apply a small amount to a cotton ball. Using a circular motion, rub into the scratch for approximately 10 seconds. Rinse the lens with cool water, removing any excess toothpaste with a lint-free cloth. Repeat until the scratch is gone.
  • Baking Soda – Mixing one part of water to two parts of baking soda, form a thick paste. Rub the paste into the scratch for approximately 10 seconds, using a clean cotton ball and a gentle, circular motion. Rinse the paste off in cool water and wipe with a lint-free cloth. Repeat until the scratch is removed.
  • Vehicle Wax – Using a soft cloth, apply a small amount of wax in a gentle circular motion. Wipe away excess wax with a clean lint-free cloth.
  • Lemon Pledge – Lightly spray lenses with Pledge, wiping into the lenses with a lint-free cloth. While this method is a temporary solution, the scratches for disappear for several days.
  1. Replacing Nose Pads – Whether the nose pads are screw-in,      snap-on or slide-in, they can easily be replaced to feel like new again.
  2. Adjusting Arms – Metal arms are much easier to adjust than      plastic arms. To adjust plastic frames, the plastic must be softened,      which requires heat. This can be difficult, as heating frames can cause      permanent damage to frames. Metal frames can be cleaned with a soft cloth      and needle-nose pliers. Place the cloth over the arm and position the      pliers on top, gently bending the arm into position. If sunglasses are      turned upside down and placed on a table, they should lie flat.
  3. Cleaning – Regular cleaning helps maintain sunglasses.

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