Best water repellent sprays for your motorcycle helmet visor

Give rain the run-off with these water repellent sprays.

Riding Suzuki SV650X on the road in heavy rain

by Jim Blackstock |

There are many people who despise riding in the rain but call me strange – I rather like it. If I know it’s going to happen and I’ve got the right kit on, then I like the sensation of being insulated from the dreadful conditions outside and cocooned inside waterproof gear.

One thing that can be a pain though is vision. Paradoxically, heavy rain can be one of the easiest situations to deal with, as copious amounts of water tends to run off the visor easily. However, it can be spray – and in particular, fine misting – that can cause issues.

For most helmets and bike combinations, a quick turn of the head and the windblast will push any water on the visor away, so you can see clearly. But at lower speeds, such as in town or heavy traffic, this may not be enough and you could do with a helping hand. That’s where a water repellent can come in handy.

Apply it to your visor and it will help prevent the water from sticking and make it easier to clear, either by the windblast or with a quick wipe of a glove.

Most sprays work by creating a hydrophobic layer on the outside of the visor; this lowers the surface tension of the water and prevents it ‘clinging’ on to the plastic and makes it easier to remove. The products also fill in the microscopic peaks and troughs in the material to further reduce the adhesion at the surface.

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While for a long time, products for glass were tentatively used on plastic visors, many disapproved, claiming that they would eventually make the plastic brittle. However, the chances are that a visor would need replacing long before it would be in danger of becoming damaged by glass-based products. But now, there are plenty of water-repellent sprays for plastics and in particular, helmet visors so you don’t need to worry about causing problems further down the line.

It’s also worth noting that products that are effective on helmet visors will also be effective on bike screens – this could be useful if you have a large standard or aftermarket screen that you end up looking through rather than over.

Rain-X Plastic Water Repellent

Rain-X Plastic Water Repellent
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OK, so this isnu2019t a spray. The spray version IS available from Amazon if you canu2019t bear squirting a little out onto a cloth from a bottle and wiping it on but these appear to be from non-UK sellers so there are higher costs and delivery. Rain-X is probably the name most people think of when it comes to water repellents and this version, developed for plastic so good for visor, goggles and screen among other uses, works pretty well though it has some hefty warnings on it. When RiDE tested products, this did well but could have lasted a bit longer.

Nikwax Visor Proof

Nikwax Visor Proof
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The Nikwax pump-spray product is water-based and has impressive ecological credentials; biodegradable and contains no hazardous materials and is not flammable. It goes on easily, before being wiped off then buffed and it works well, causing water to run off quickly and effectively, even at low speed and in light spray. Iu2019ve used this for a couple of years and have had no issues at all and a little goes a long way. Won a RiDE magazine Best Buy triangle. Editoru2019s Pick - Weu2019ve tested this product and would spend our own money on it

Salclear TT-X

Salclear TT-X
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Containing a cleaning compound as well as a water repellent, the Salclear TT-X was tested and proved by riders in the Isle of Man TT races. It comes in a small bottle and does indeed help to clean a rain-streaked visor ready for use again. A single application is recommended and it goes on with a vaguely chemical smell. Performance is good, with water dispersing reasonably well but again, longevity could be better.

Pro-Green Rainaway

Pro-Green Rainaway
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Claimed to be animal-friendly and biodegradable, this product from Pro-Green MX (motocross) is designed to help shift water, rain and sleet from not just visors but also, goggles, as favoured by off-road and MX riders. Despite the ecologically friendly credentials on the bottle, it has a slightly chemical smell to it and needs to be worked in, much like a polish, before being buffed off. In use, itu2019s pretty effective u2013 Iu2019ve used it u2013 with water running off well with decent longevity. Seal of Approval - Weu2019ve tested this product and have found it performs well

R&G Nano Coating

R&G Nano Coating

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Not specifically a visor water repellent, this coating from R&G is designed for all areas of the bike, to prevent not just water but dirt, oil and grease from sticking to it. It creates a layer that water and other debris have trouble adhering to and comes with a microfibre cloth to apply two layers for proper protection. It comes in a trigger spray bottle and is easy to apply and does a decent job of dispersing water from the visor while lasting reasonably well.

Storm Rain Repel

Storm Rain Repel
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Storm produces a wide range of waterproofing and repellence products for lots of activities, including this for motorcycle visors. Itu2019s reasonably potent stuff, with both health and flammability warnings on the bottle and it has a hefty smell to it. Two applications are recommended in the instructions with buffing after each and though it doesnu2019t clear water as well as some of the other products, it is still far better than having nothing on the visor.

Ipone Visor Rainoff

Ipone Visor Rainoff

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When RiDE tested rain repellents, this was the best performing product in the test. It cleared water most efficiently and remained effective on the visor for the longest period. However, what prevented it from gaining a Best Buy triangle and led to it being Recommended instead was a pungent chemical odour and both health and flammability warnings, suggesting it wasnu2019t as environmentally-friendly as say the Nikwax. A very good performer though. Seal of Approval - Weu2019ve tested this product and have found it performs well

Bike It Visor Rain Repellent

Bike It Visor Rain Repellent
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Strikingly similar to the Storm product u2013 same size, same bottle, very similar instructions, same ingredients and warnings but a quid more expensive u2013 the Bike It version was applied in the same way. It gave largely the same results as well u2013 perhaps very slightly more effective water clearance but the longevity was the same. Like the Storm product, not as good as some here but much better at clearing water than a standard, untreated visor.

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