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repaired rotted goggle foam air shields

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this may be obvious or repair 101, but for those who could use the info, I just repaired the rotted foam air shields on my otherwise fine goggles with some air conditioner filter foam and contact cement.

 

The most challenging part was making a paper template to cut the foam to.  Lay a slightly oversize piece of paper onto the goggle frame, cut darts to get around curves, and trace with a felt-tip pen.  Start cutting down until you match the opening in the frame.

 

A tailor's chalk wheel is a great way to mark the foam.

 

Good old weldwood contact cement used to the do the job, and it still does.  Don't let it sit for 1/2 hour before joining parts.  5 minutes works just fine.  Don't apply to the foam, just the goggle frame.

 

A toothpick was the easiest way to get the cement on the framing members that back the foam.

 

Once you have the foam in place on the glue, run your fingernail around the perimeter to "tuck" the edge of the foam into the goggle frame corner and the glue that you put there.

 

Use scotch tape lightly applied to the foam and extended out onto the goggle frame to let it dry overnight.

 

Keep the templates you made for when the foam rots again.

 

post #2 of 5
Thanks! I recently rediscovered that the racing red lenses in my ratty Rudy Project goggles are better for low and flat light than anything else I've used (other than my brown Rx sunglasses) , but the foam is just tattered. I'm going to give this a try to see how much more use I can squeeze out of them.
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Thanks, I have been looking for some foam to add to the nose area of my Smith I/O's, When I ski fast air get's under them and my eye's water.

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Great idea Thumbs Up

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You could also try closed cell EVA foam.     Lasts forever, just as warm, heat mouldable, glues up nicely with barge/contact cement or weatherstrip adhesive or even cycling tubular glue.       Amazon sells it in 2mm, 3mm, 6mm thicknesses though any WW kayak store will carry the thicker ones.    Kayakers use it to pad out boats and helmets both. 

 

It's also sandable but you have to use a specialty rasping sheet like Red Devil Dragon Skin

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Devil-3331-Dragon-Sanding/dp/B000COXQ7I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425674289&sr=8-1&keywords=dragon+skin+sanding

EVA can make a forehead sweat block if you use it on the upper edge of the goggle. 

Or try woolen felt, also available in rectangular pads.  That's more breathable. 


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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
 

Thanks, I have been looking for some foam to add to the nose area of my Smith I/O's

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