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Old 04-20-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Visor (Interior) Repair

Hi all,
I recently successfully repaired/reinforced the visors on my '01 Sahara and thought I'd share. The OEM visors are fairly expensive and I wasn't about to buy another set... knowing they would eventually fail in the same places.
I am a knifemaker/sheathmaker by hobby so I have leather-working skills but the hinge reinforcements are very basic leather work if you've ever used a sewing awl. I patched both sides of each visor (4 patches) during a snowy day here. They've been holding up and working really well!

Materials:
Leather - I used thin Deer hide but Pigskin should function equally well. Needs to be fairly thin/flexible leather.
Gorilla Tape - Optional but holds everything together while working and provides a little extra reinforcement under the patch.
Sewing Awl - available from most hardware stores
Drill press - Needed to pre-drill the stitch holes in a uniform manner
Stitch Wheel #6 - Optional but will greatly ease in the spacing of stitch holes prior to drilling
Carnuba Creme - Essential to protect the leather
Leather Sheen - Optional but highly recommended
Oil Leather Dye - Optional, I did not use it on the hinge reinforcements... wasn't concerned with color match

Here's what I repaired on both visors. I'm sure some of you can relate.


Gorilla Tape on patch areas. This was later trimmed to conceal under the patches.


The rest is leather sewing which is a bit lengthily to explain and I'm not going to cover it... BUT... basic awl skills and the above mentioned tools (drill press and stitch wheel especially) make it a breeze. There are many youtube tutorials for leather sewing techniques.

Here are the results
Driver's side

Good flex

Passenger side


Sewing Awl, and stitch wheel

Protection


Then I got bored and made a visor pouch for the driver's side. Officers always appreciate it if they can see your hands when they pull ya over. I sewed it directly to the visor. This was much more involved with heavier leather, welts, dye, other leather tools, etc.. I won't get into that. This pouch took a couple of days. The wolf paw is the makers-mark I use on my sheaths and threw that on for the heck of it.



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Old 04-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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You should do the whole thing with deer hide would look sick!

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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You should do the whole thing with deer hide would look sick!
I thought about that! I could do it easy enough, but that would be time-consuming. This was just a quick fix. I may do that in the future... need more Deer hide too but I'm in with the local taxidermist so that shouldn't be a problem.
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I thought about that! I could do it easy enough, but that would be time-consuming. This was just a quick fix. I may do that in the future... need more Deer hide too but I'm in with the local taxidermist so that shouldn't be a problem.
How much does deer hide cost?
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:45 PM   #5
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$5 - $10 per sq ft from Tandy
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That is awesome.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #7
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Looks nice. Fortunately my visors are holding up well, but that pouch is an excellent idea.

My wifes cousin is big into leather work, maybe I can talk him into making me one. He is working on a leather buttstock piece for my M1 currently. Can't wait to see how that turns out.
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He is working on a leather buttstock piece for my M1 currently.
If he can do that, he should have no trouble whipping up a visor pouch like I did. I bet he would find it to be a fun little project like I did.
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Yeah, he loves working on this kind of stuff. He primarily does holsters and belts and western wear type stuff. Just in case you were curious this is his site http://www.watsonhillleather.com/.

You seem to be pretty good with leather, ever think of doing some other interior stuff? Like grab bars, that grab strap on the door panel, maybe a center console lid cover, or a leather wrap for the shifter handle/knob. I think a few leather pieces could put a little life into the interior. The TJ interiors, my X model at least, seem really boring to me. TJ market could be a good one for you to tap into.
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Yeah... it would be nice to do the console lid with Deer. I need to figure out how to attach leather to that thick plastic though. Not sure if that can be done or what the professional process would be.
I might have to start watching "Pimp My Ride".... LOL

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