How to Clear Scratches From a Football Visor

    Step 1

    Remove the visor from the helmet by removing the screws at either side of the face plate. Rinse the visor in clean, cool water to clear away large debris.

    Step 2

    Soak the visor for five minutes in a bucket of clean water to soften dirt.

    Step 3

    Add mild dish soap or eyeglass cleaning solution to the bucket. Wipe the visor with a microfiber cloth to remove dirt.

    Step 4

    Rinse the visor and pat it dry.

    Step 5

    Apply two to three spritzes of eyeglass cleaning solution and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Select a cleaner formulated for coated lenses. This process will correct minor scratches.

    Step 6

    Purchase an eyeglass reconditioning kit to fill deep non-structural scratches; the kit will include a cleaning solution, scratch filler and secondary applicator.

    Step 7

    Clean the visor with the cleaning solution; this will remove special coatings and expose the bare plastic. Wipe the lens with a soft cloth.

    Step 8

    Brush a thin, even layer of scratch filler over the damaged areas.

    Step 9

    Set the visor in a clean area to dry.

    Step 10

    Apply a second layer of scratch filler to deep scratches.


  • For a last-minute fix, "The Real Man's Guide to Fixin' Stuff" recommends cleaning your scratched visor with furniture polish. Just apply, wipe and remove the excess; a clear, waxy residue will fill minor scratches and bring fleeting clarity so you can get back in the game.


  • Replace the shield or send it to a professional reconditioner if the visor is deeply gouged and has large pieces missing. This type of damage can diminish the structural integrity of the visor.

Things Needed

  • Screwdriver
  • Bucket
  • Soap
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Eyeglass cleaning solution
  • Scratch filler

About the Author

Sylvia Cini has written informative articles for parents and educators since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites. Cini has worked as a mentor, grief counselor, tutor, recreational leader and school volunteer coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clark University of Worcester, Massachusetts.