How to Repair Gargoyles Classic Sunglasses

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Gargolyle Classic sunglasses, with their polycarbonate lenses and sturdy frames, are the favorite eyewear of high-performance athletes, racecar drivers and soldiers. Developed in 1979, Gargoyle's Toric Lens technology allows light to reach your eye with no refraction or distortion. Despite their impact resistance and sturdy construction, Gargoyles can suffer from everyday wear and tear. Gargoyle’s limited warranty covers only manufacturer’s defects. If your Gargoyle Classic sunglasses are broken or loose from daily use, you can save money by repairing them instead of replacing them.

Adjusting the Fit

Buy an eyeglass repair kit that contains tools and parts specifically designed for eyeglasses. These kits are available at drugstores and other stores that sell glasses. Your kit will include replacement screws, a small screwdriver, tweezers and replacement nose pads. The kits cost as little as $1.99 in November 2010.

Tighten the barrel hinges using your repair kit’s screwdriver. Turn the hinge screw clockwise until you feel slight resistance. Do the same to the other side's hinge screw. Try on the glasses. If they are still loose, repeat the process, being careful not to over-tighten the screws.

Adjust the spring hinges with the screwdriver and a paperclip. If the screw of your hinge is loose; from the bottom of the hinge, press the tip of a straightened paperclip on the spring, holding it in place and maintaining tension on the spring. Tighten the screw in the hinge as you maintain pressure with the paperclip from below to keep the spring taut.

Replace missing screws in your sunglasses with screws provided in your repair kit and the screwdriver. If you wear Gargoyles Classic styles "Steward," "Prowl," or "Fabricator" you will require screws for a 5-barrel hinge. Your eyeglass repair kit may have this size screw. If not, buy replacement screws from a local optician shop or an online eyeglass spare parts dealer. Line up the screw with the opening and use the screwdriver to turn the screw clockwise until you feel resistance.

Gently bend your metal or nylon frames to adjust the fit of your Gargoyles. If your sunglasses are loose, bend the temple arms inward at the midpoint of the arm. If the frames are too wide, hold the glasses as if you were putting them on. Gently bend the frames toward you at the nose bridge. Bend frames only slightly to avoid breaking them.

Repairing Minor Damage

Fix cracked frames with quick-bond adhesive. Rub sandpaper on exposed broken edges so the glue will adhere properly. Apply one or two drops of glue on each surface. Align the edges and press together. Clean any drips with a cotton swab saturated with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Let your sunglasses sit for at least two hours before using them.

Repair lens scratches using toothpaste or metal polish. If your lenses are scratched from normal use, you can spread toothpaste on the clean lenses and let it dry. Then clean the lenses with a mild soap and water, and dry with a soft cloth. If toothpaste is not effective, repeat the process with metal polish, such as Brasso.

Reattach loose temple pads with quick-bond adhesive. Gently pull back the temple pad until you feel resistance. Apply no more than two drops of the adhesive and reattach the loose portion of the pad. Clean any drips or excess with a cotton swab saturated with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.

Order replacement parts to replace irreparable damage to your sunglasses. You will save money buying new lenses or frame parts, instead of replacing your sunglasses. As of November 2010, you can order parts on the Customer Service page of the Gargoyle website or through an authorized dealer.