Rain-x in mask?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by uncreative username, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. uncreative username

    uncreative username Angel Fish

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    Ok, so I was at the hardware store the other day getting rain-x for the jeep, and I noticed this interior rain-x stuff that prevents the windows from fogging up. I got it because this is a really big problem for me, and I put some on the windshield of one of our ambulances after I got done with the jeep. Then, the rescue chief suggested I try putting it on the inside of the visors on the rescue helmets. That got me thinking- do you think it'd work on the inside of a diving mask? Has anybody tried it before?
     
  2. Chazzjoh

    Chazzjoh Single Diver

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    I thought the same thing! It made my eyes burn... alot.
     
  3. jonnythan

    jonnythan Knight Scublar ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The moment you get water in your mask into your eyes you will be very, very sorry you put RainX in there.

    Use standard defogger. It works.
     
  4. uncreative username

    uncreative username Angel Fish

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    Hmmmm........how long after putting the rain-x in did you do your dive? I'm thinking if I put it in now I might be good to go, because I won't have the opportunity to dive for at least another two weeks :)( ).
     
  5. Paco

    Paco ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I wouldn't screw around with my vision with a product not intended for masks. Clean the inside of your mask well with soft scrub and use any defogger or spit and you should be good to go.
     
  6. Jason Ooi

    Jason Ooi Scuba Instructor

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    Rain X for mask....?????What do you thing if the mask with water go into your eyes.
     
  7. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    After it has dried, it will not affect your eyes adversely.

    The reported "burning" is from the unevaporated main ingredient: alcohol.

    It has no effect on fogging.

    Use Toothpaste on your mask before every dive. Works like a charm. If you want to spend money and buy mask defog, you can do that if it makes you feel better. Otherwise, TOOTHPASTE works just fine. Every time, every dive.
     
  8. OHGoDive

    OHGoDive Barracuda

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  9. Diver_Wulf

    Diver_Wulf Angel Fish

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    Rain-X is designed to leave a residue on the glass it is put on, thats what makes it work for extended periods. So no matter how long you let it dry there will always be a residue on the glass until you wash it off or it eventually wears off. So when you get water in your mask its going to make your eyes burn.
     
  10. uncreative username

    uncreative username Angel Fish

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    yeah yeah yeah, i've done the white toothpaste thing a long time ago, and spit works fine for me, so I don't need to be spending extra $$$ on de-fogger. I just thought this up and was wondering if anybody had tried it before.
     
  11. Jason Ooi

    Jason Ooi Scuba Instructor

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    I used toothpaste "No problem" spend wisely
     
  12. gangrel441

    gangrel441 Surface Interval Member

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    Don't know anything about the safety of the product for this use, but the product he is talking about is not the RainEx we all know and love that makes water bead and roll off your windshield. It is a new product by the same company branded under the same name that is applied to the inside of the windshield to keep the windshield from fogging.

    I don't know how well it would work or how safe it is, but I think you are probably right about the alcohol being the main irritant, and it seems to me the quantity of residue left on the mask would be miniscule, not enough to cause significant eye irritation. Also, since this product is designed to repel fogging, not rainwater, I am guessing that it would be washed off the inside of the mask after just a few floodings, which would kind of defeat the purpose of using it in the first place.
     
  13. xScubaStephx

    xScubaStephx Angel Fish

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    its weird.. no matter what, usually any mask defogger still makes my mask fog.
     
  14. uncreative username

    uncreative username Angel Fish

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    Have you toothpaste-ed your mask yet?
     
  15. likelite

    likelite Divemaster

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    Try Johnson's baby shampoo. Works great, though mostly I use it on my goggles when I'm lap swimming.
     
  16. Stormbringer

    Stormbringer Nassau Grouper

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    I wouldn't put Rain-X in my mask.
     
  17. underachiever

    underachiever Surface Interval Member

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    I have (had) the same problem. Tried toothpaste, softscrub, PSI, baby shampoo, sea gold and other defogger products. The only thing I have found that works for me is "SPIT" Not from my mouth, there is a brand of defogger called "SPIT" It works for me.
     
  18. scubaaaronh

    scubaaaronh Manta Ray

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    Did you clean your mask reaaly good?

    Try using Sea Buff by sea gold it is made to clean new masks. I had a mask that i couldn't get to stop fogging. Cleaned twice with sea buff. Fixed the problem.

    Use Johnsons baby shampoo. Cheap and works great. I can get two to three dives out of one coating if you don't rinse it a lot.
     
  19. Lamnid

    Lamnid Nassau Grouper

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    am i the only one here uncouth enough to gob into my mask? lol!
     
  20. scubaaaronh

    scubaaaronh Manta Ray

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    No i used to but in cold water baby shampoo seems to work better for me.
     

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