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Cleaning a mask in the dishwasher

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Sbiriguda, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Rooster59

    Rooster59 Solo Diver

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    Do not do this. .
     
  2. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

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    if we're talking about fogging, then the good old lighter method is the way to go.

    Atomic masks come with incredibly stubborn residue. I just protect the skirt with aluminium foil and fire away at the glass. Sea buff it, done. No fogging issues.

    You can scrub for a week and it won't be as effective.
     
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  3. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am still working on this, but a pass or two through a dishwasher appears to be a great way to solve the (yet unproven) issue of migration of crap from the skirt to the lens.

    The next two points of my investigation are the conditioning of the glass lens and treatment for storage. Still a work in progress, now accepting all negative comments as they tend to be somewhat useful in test design.
    No.

    https://www.quora.com/Materials-Sci...-yellowing-How-do-I-make-it-clear-white-again
     
  4. ScubaMarc

    ScubaMarc Manta Ray

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  5. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There might be another answer.

    The surface layer is the one exposed to ozone, the environment, etc. It yellows and you scrub it off. You are not making it clear again, you are removing it.
     
  6. ScubaMarc

    ScubaMarc Manta Ray

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    the end result is the same.
     
  7. a878bob

    a878bob Manta Ray

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    I wouldn’t of thought of the dishwasher, until I read the big thread on cleaning mask.
    So I tried it, normal wash, no dry.
    Mask the same as I put it in , no damage.

    Fog free ! I was really having trouble with a new mask, after trying various methods.
    It may not be my go to. But seems to have worked for me.
     
  8. Mike Walker

    Mike Walker Nassau Grouper

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    My mask sat idle for more than 15 years. It was all sorts of interesting shades of green/yellow. Two days soaking with regular dish detergent (sunlight brand I believe) and a quick rinse and it was pristine. Maybe try that first...? Also, you can always pop the dishwasher open before the heated dry....
     
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  9. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    Thanks all for your answers...
    I have 2 scuba diving masks, never had a problem. Never put themin the dishwasher...
    This one is a freediving mask (Salvimar Noah). For about 1 year the usual cleaning methods worked out. Now they don’t work anymore. The strange thing is only the right lens gets fogged.
    I will try the following:

    Burn with a lighter
    Potato
    Dishwasher

    Let’s see what happens
     
  10. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    Most of the people in my group do not wash masks in the dishwasher. The is one guy anyway who is a big believer of this method. He said he uses the plain dishwasher program, not the dry program, full program and lemon scented soap haha
    He’s been doing this for 5 years
     
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