A pair of ski goggles is one of the most important parts of a ski outfit as it protects your eyes from sun's rays, snow and ice while you ski. Googles are very fragile because their parts can easily be damaged, especially the lenses. Taking preventive maintenance is the best way to make ski goggles last for years. Depending on severity of damage, broken ski goggles can be repaired. Follow the simple steps below to effectively repair your broken or damaged ski goggles.
Step 1 – Inspect the Damages
Carefully inspect the damage to determine if the ski goggles are still repairable. Take note of what needs to be done and the things you will need to repair it. Check for broken or scratched lenses, broken frames and ripped straps.
For broken frames, make sure that you have all the broken parts with you. For broken lenses, especially prescriptive lenses, repairing it is not an option. A repaired lens will just obstruct your vision, and could even cause serious damage to your face and eyes since it is not as strong as before.
Step 2 – Clean the Ski Goggles
Wipe your ski goggles with soft cloth and glasses repair solution. This will fill small scratches on the lens. If the lenses aren’t broken, wipe them with a lens cleaning solution using a soft cotton cloth to prevent dirt from scratching the lens.
Cleaning your goggles before repairing them will make the adhesive bond better, especially when joining broken parts.
Step 3 – Sew the Ripped Strap
Use a very strong and thick thread in sewing a ripped strap because it will be stretched when you wear it on your head. You can use a sewing machine or you can just stitch by hand. Whether you sew it in a machine or by hand, make sure you double backstitch it for extra hold. Remember not to over-tighten your strap because it may lose its elasticity over time.
Step 3 – Repair the Broken Frame
If the frame has been broken, remove the lens from the frame. Dab a very strong instant glue on the broken parts and hold them together firmly until it dries. Keep in mind that instant glue bonds on everything, including your skin, so don't touch it.
Step 4 – Replace the Lens
If a lens was broken, replace it with a new one following the manufacturer's guide. Although ski goggles are basically the same, it also pays to check the guide depending on the brand and type of goggles you are using. Hold the goggles only on the frames to prevent scratching the lens. You can also use the goggle lens bag to hold the lens. Turn it inside out and use it as a glove.
Remember to buy goggles with removable lenses so they can be replaced easily.
Step 5 – Store the Ski Goggles
Clean the goggles once more with a soft cotton cloth as a final touch before storing it for your next ski adventure.