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How to replace missing pads on glasses

This is a really simple project to replace the pads on your glasses or just make them more comfortable. Using less than a minipack you can extend the life of your otherwise perfect glasses.

sugru is perfect for this project:
- It sticks to most materials including the plastics used in sunglasses
- It can be moulded to fit the bridge of your nose comfortably
- It cures into a tough silicone rubber

Whether you're missing one or both pads, or have wire frames or sunglasses, this is a project than can be adapted for any kind of eyewear.


  • sugru
  • Scissors
  • Your glasses
  • Tissue/toilet paper
  • Soapy water

Step 1

Sunglasses with missing nose pad

A shot before we get to work...

Step 2

Sunglasses cleaned with toilet paper

Give the rim of the sunglasses a wipe with the toilet paper to remove dust and grease. sugru will stick much better to clean surfaces!

Step 3

Sugru ball being applied as replacement nose pad

Cut open your minipack of sugru, following the dotted line. Peel open the pack and remove the sugru, kneading it in your fingers to get it ready.

Start with a small pea-sized amount of sugru. Roll this into a short log and press against the rim of the sunglasses. If you have a wire support you can easily build it around this.

Step 4

Sugru ball being moulded with finger

Now repeatedly pinch and press the sugru to create a raised ridge. Pressing down ensures it gets a super strong bond with the plastic and glass.

If the sugru is sticking to your fingers, wipe off the excess with toilet paper.

Step 5

Soapy water being applied to nose

Once you have created a ridge to replace the pad, you can mould the glasses to sit comfortably.

Dab some soapy water on the bridge of your nose to prevent the sugru sticking.

Step 6

Sunglasses with Sugru pad being worn

Put on the glasses as your usually would, making sure they feel secure and comfortable. When you take them off you will see the sugru has moulded to the correct shape.

Step 7

Soapy water being applied to Sugru nose pad

Now you can finish up by removing any creases of blemishes on the surface. Dip your finger in the soapy water again and glide it over the surface of the sugru. This will make it really smooth.

Step 8

Sunglasses with red Sugru nose pad

Now just leave your glasses aside overnight for the sugru to cure into a flexible rubber.

In the morning you'll be able to use them again :)