If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know that I usually write about 2 things: sunglasses and The Matrix. For today’s post, I will be focusing on the former. Specifically, I found a video that demonstrates how to fix a pair of glasses. Now, the video actually applies to eyeglasses, but the same tips and techniques can be used to repair sunglasses as well. The video is only 2 minutes long but it’s very informative. So if you love your sunglasses – whether they are Matrix sunglasses or some other type – you owe it to yourself to watch the video now.
Obviously before you do anything, check to see if your sunglasses are still under warranty. If so, then exercise your rights under the warranty rather than trying to repair sunglasses yourself, because doing so will invalidate the warranty. But if your sunglasses are not under warranty, and they are expensive, it’s usually worth the time and effort necessary to try and fix them yourself (or for non-repairable damages, take your sunglasses to your local optician).
The video starts off by showing some of the supplies that you will need to repair the most common problems. These include duct tape, needle nose pliers, an eyeglass repair kit (can be found at most drugstores), a few small rubber rings, some spare screws, a miniature flathead screwdriver, glue (super glue plus regular glue), wooden toothpicks, paper towels, clear nail polish and a metal staple. You also might want to use a magnifying glass if you’re having trouble seeing when trying to repair sunglasses.
To repair an overstretched hinge attached to one of the arms, you will need to use the needle nose pliers. Wrap the tips of the pliers in duct tape to avoid inadvertently scratching the lenses, and gently bend the hinge back into place as shown in the video. If the hinge is still lose or “soft,” use one of the rubber rings to tighten the hold.
If a hinge or arm has broken off the frame, you can try and glue it back on. Put a dab of super glue on the end of a toothpick and carefully apply it to the frame and hinge at the point of breakage. Put the pieces together and hold for a few minutes, or until the glue has completely dried. Make sure you check the lenses for glue, and wipe off any splotches with a paper towel immediately. Make sure that everything bends normally after you are done.
If one or more screws have fallen out, replace them with the screws that will come with your eyeglass repair kit. Once the screw is inserted, dab some clear nail polish over it to ensure a continuous strong fit. If the screws don’t fit, instead try inserting a metal staple covered with glue into the screw hole, bending the staple around the hinge to hold it in place (no this is not particularly attractive, but perhaps it’s better than shelling out a couple hundred dollars for a new pair of designer sunglasses).
Finally, the video recommends saving your old sunglasses for spare parts. This way, you’ll have a better shot of successfully repairing your sunglasses in the future. And that is all there is to it! So the next time your sunglasses get damaged, check the warranty, try to fix them yourself, or for major problems like warped screw holes, multiple breaks or heavily scratched lenses, take them to an optician for repair. Whether you wear Neo sunglasses, Morpheus sunglasses, Oakley’s or Ray Ban’s, it’s definitely worth it to try and repair sunglasses before forking out money for a new pair!